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1/250 is generally the shutterspeed when connected to a flash. Disconnect and your shutterspeed should be changeable up to 1/8000.


That would be the 60D's flash sync speed. When you have a flash connected you can not get a shorter shutter speed than that without enabling high speed sync. That is because of the way the shutter works - even at a 1/8000 shutter speed, the shutter "rolls" across the image, taking about 1/250 second. Each individual part is only exposed for your 1/8000 but ...

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