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A shutter is a device that allows light to pass for a determined period of time, for the purpose of exposing photographic film or a light-sensitive electronic sensor to light to capture a permanent image of a scene.

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Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter?

Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter? Is it technically possible? Surely this would allow easier syncing with flashes (rather than the usual 1/200s or 1/250s max). I could even ...
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Can anything be done to reduce the shutter sound on my SLR?

I know there's lots of talk around here about 'noise' levels in photographs, but what about the actual sound that the shutter makes on an SLR? Is there anyway to silence it a bit, or is it just a ...
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What is an easy way to remember the full stop scale?

If you were teaching someone new to photography the full stop scales, is there a better way then flat out memorizing these values? Does anyone have an easy way that they remember the scale? Would it ...
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What are shutter actuations?

I was just reading the question How many actuations are "too many actuations"? and trying to figure out what a shutter "actuation" actually is. The only thing I can guess is that it's the number of ...
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Why is there a mechanical shutter in a digital camera?

I understand that in a camera the diameter of shutter opening — the aperture — controls how much light comes in, and this affects the resulting exposure. But I don't understand why, in a digital ...
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What is Quiet mode on a DSLR?

I've heard that some newer DSLRs have a "Quiet" mode that reduces the noise the camera makes when you take a picture (as mentioned in answers to some questions) How does it work? Are there any ...
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What is a remote shutter release?

What is a remote shutter release? In what kind of photo situation would I use a shutter release?
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What are the physical limits of a mechanical shutter?

I've recently found myself shooting a lot of photos on the maximum speed that my camera (a Canon 600D) allows (1/4000). This is quite extreme when thinking about mechanical movements, so I assumed ...
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How much does it cost to replace a DSLR shutter?

I own a Nikon D5000 and I've read in numerous places that the earliest part that fails in a DSLR is the shutter. This is rated to 100,000 actuations, and since there are weeks when I shoot 1000 pics, ...
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How to create motion blur in daylight?

How can we create motion blur in daylight with a DSLR?
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What is a rolling shutter? When do I have to be aware of it?

In answer to another question, Adam Davis writes: Your camera complicates this by using a rolling shutter above a given speed (usually around 1/200. This means that only a portion of the ...
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How does shutter work when shooting videos?

I am a little confused about the concept of shutter speed in video shooting mode. I assume that the "shutter speed" means how fast the shutter would open and close. When this happens, I would hear a ...
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How can I make slit-scan photographs with a dSLR?

Surfing the web, I stumbled on an iPhone application to make slit-scan images. However, I have no intention of buying a smartphone. How could one achieve similar results using a dSLR (preferably, but ...
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Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?

This is a burst sequence taken with a Canon 1D Mark II N in high-speed mode (8fps). You can see the bright line down the center and the dark area in the upper-right. I have several other sequences ...
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What factors prevent camera sync speeds from being faster?

This came up tangentially in another question. A camera's sync speed is the fastest shutter speed for which the first shutter fully opens before the second shutter begins to close. This is important ...
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What configuration would limit my DSLR's shutter speed to 1/200?

I'm using a T4i with a 100mm f/2.8L (with macro twin flash). In manual mode, I could select any shutter speed down to 1/4000. However, when shooting the DSLR would set it back to 1/200. Does it depend ...
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What camera defect would cause a shot to be exposed on one half of the frame and not the other?

I've posted before about my crazy old Canon Model 7 rangefinder camera that I got recently. After a brief episode with lens repair, I've gotten a few rolls developed, and some of the shots didn't come ...
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What's the use of a very fast shutter speed, faster than 1/4000?

I am planning to buy a new DSLR and am comparing two models. One of them has a fastest shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀₀₀th of a second while other has a limit of ¹⁄₈₀₀₀th. I know that a fast shutter speed will ...
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What is shutter latency in a Phase One medium format camera?

What is shutter latency? The camera I'm using (medium format from Phase One) has the option to set the shutter latency to short or long — what's the difference between the two and when would I use ...
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Why aren't DSLR silent shooting modes enabled by default?

Regarding Canon's silent shooting mode: I have not experienced it personally but people say it is really great for certain situations like weddings, and places where the noise of your camera mirror ...
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How can I force my D5100's shutter to stay open?

I have a Nikon D5100 and a MC-DC2 remote. I'd like to use the remote to hold the shutter open until I release the button, however I don't see an option for this. Is this something that I can do?
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What is the difference in purpose between a focal plane shutter and a leaf shutter on a camera?

I inherited my Grandfather's beautiful Graflex Crown Graphic which he used for his entire career as a portrait photographer. (It's the picture on my avatar if you want to see it.) Doing research on ...
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What's the difference between Canon's silent and non-silent shooting?

I'm using a Canon 5D MkIII and I've been exceptionally pleased with the results of the 'new' single/continuous silent shooting functionality. I'd like to know what the difference between silent and ...
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What's the difference between vertical and horizontal shutters?

I've always thought that shutters were composed of two vertical curtains that moved along the sensor in order to expose it (at least for most DSLRs). Recently I've bought a Pentax K1000 that ...
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Disadvantages of electronic first curtain shutter?

There is a setting in menu of my camera wether to use or not to use electronic first curtain shutter. So far I know that using electronic first curtain reduces shutter lag and the noise my camera ...
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For the same number of shots, does continuous shooting wear out a shutter or other mechanical parts faster than single shots?

Does continuous shooting subject a shutter or other mechanical parts to more wear and tear than single shooting, assuming the same number of shots are taken? In other words, does firing x shots at 4 ...
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When does the camera use the mechanical shutter and when does it use the electronic shutter?

I notice that Nikon P510 is having a 'Electronically controlled mechanical and CMOS electronic' shutter. So, I was wondering when will the camera use the mechanical shutter and when will it use the ...
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Reliable shutter feedback - Prontor contur (PC) or hotshoe

I use gigapan to take panorama photos. I prefer using autofocus even for panoramas. Sometimes (sky or other homogenous area) the camera fails to find the focus and does not take the photo. Gigapan ...
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How large an exposure difference before it's noticable?

I'm being forced to work with a shutter that jitters (e.g., a 1/60 shutter could be anywhere between 1/59 and 1/61). I can't change the hardware, so please don't suggest that. I would if I could. ...
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How does dragging the shutter work?

I am reading a photography book which talk about dragging the shutter when a flash is used. It just tell me how to do this trick but doesn't explain why. Can someone here tell me more about how it ...
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Nikon D40 and yongnuo yn-560 ii external flash. Slow shutter speed issues

I bought a new flash last week and started using it with my Nikon D40 yesterday. The flash is the yongnuo yn-560 ii. I had a tough time to photoshoot. I was indoors and shooting on A mode. Many ...
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How do I use a wireless shutter release?

I just bought a wireless shutter release and came with instructions that are so brief as to make them not helpful at all. Can anyone write something with detailed instructions how to use this? ...
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Do modern DSLRs use a rolling or global shutter?

I recently learned about these technologies and the differences between them. Which one of these do modern DSLR cameras (esp. Canon and Nikon models) come with?
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Why shutter is not closed by-default on mirrorless cameras as it's closed on film ones?

As I change lenses often I get a few specs of dust from time to time on my sensor and then it just struck me that if you just close shutter when camera is turned off then you could overcame this ...
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Does the Sony A77 have a shutter?

I bought the new Sony A77 last month and I am interested to learn about how its translucent mirror technology works but couldn't find enough information on it. My question is: does it have a shutter? ...
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Too loud shutter sound/mirror slap on Canon 1100D, is it just me?

My Canon 1100D is loudest of the all DSLRs in my friends group. I want to know if this is a problem with my camera or all 1100Ds are like this. I have tested it as following: Tried different ...
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How to tell if a Nikon D7000 is new or not

I hoped that I could depend on the Exif shutter count for D7000, but Nikon support website explained that shutter count is not trustworthy since it may reset by service centers for different reasons ...
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Why does my camera make a whirring noise during a long exposure?

I have a Sony Alpha a55. When I take a long exposure photo, while the shutter is open, the camera makes a whirring sound. What causes this noise and why is it necessary to the camera's operation? ...
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How can I set a shutter speed slower than 30s on my Nikon D5200?

I'm a bit of a newbie with my Nikon D5200. I see the longest the shutter can stay open for is 30 sec on this camera. How do I get it to stay open for longer? Do I need a remote?
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Suggestion for books tracing the evolution of photographic equipment [closed]

Could you please suggest a book that Tracks the evolution of photo equipment from inception to modern times Has diagrams and cutaways of equipment and mechanisms, including shutter and aperture ...
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Nikon D80 shutter problem

Recently I've experienced a problem with my D80. I press the trigger and the shutter does not activate. When I half-press the trigger, the camera seems to auto-focus and auto-expose correctly, and ...
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How to set continuous shooting on Canon 60D while using Canon remote RC-6?

I am interested in photographing some star trails and have read many articles that say that I should use continuous shooting mode instead of Bulb mode. I tried this last night with my RC-6 Canon ...
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Where can I find a video clip of a mechanical FP shutter in operation?

I am about to give a presentation on the basics of exposure for the newcomers in our photo club. When talking about the shutter, I'd like to show the actual operation of the mechanism. There are a few ...
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What is “Dragging the Shutter”?

Ive heard this term of "dragging the shutter" and was wondering what it means and why would i use it Can anyone answer this?
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Does live view increases the number of shutter actuations?

Does live view increases the number of shutter actuations? I heard this before and I just see it now here, but that doesn't sound right, does it? I mean in live view the shutter should remain open all ...
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Are the black blobs on these pictures indicative of shutter failure?

Are the black blobs on these pictures indicative of shutter failure on my Canon 5D (mark I)? They started to show suddenly, ie. I saw nothing resembling that before on my pictures and starting from ...
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How do I set my Canon 5D Mark ll shutter release back to operating with one click?

A guide set my Canon 5D Mark ll to require 2 clicks before the shutter releases so it wouldn't shake while shutter open. How do I get it back to 1 click?
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How is the number of stops of benefit provided by VR determined?

I hear people talking about vibration reduction giving you extra 'stops' on a lens, thus giving you extra shutter speed to play with. How do people work this out into an amount of stops? E.g. by ...
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What are the advantages of a soft shutter release button?

One of the more "exotic" accessory third-party suppliers offer for e.g. Fuji cameras are soft shutter release buttons. What is the advantage of having one of these? It sounds to me like the "softness" ...
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How can I fix a Olympus Pen Lite where the EPL5 shutter seems to be locking?

I just bought an Olympus Pen Lite - EPL5 and am having an issue with the manual shutter speed setting (S on the analog control). Each time I shoot a picture the screen goes black and it sounds like ...