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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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Is there a sane reason why ¹⁄₁₂₅ is not, instead, exactly half of ¹⁄₆₀?

Here are some common shutter speeds you will find on most DSLR cameras: 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000 As you move from left to right, or as you increase the shutter ...
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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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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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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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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 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? [closed]

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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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 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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What are the pros and cons of mechanical vs electronic shutter?

I recently bought a new camera that has a choice between using a mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter. (A Panasonic FZ300 if it matters.) I tried taking a few pictures each way and I see no ...
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How is uniform exposure achieved when using a leaf shutter?

When a rolling shutter activates it exposes the sensor through a slit (vertical/horizontal) - I can see why every bit of the sensor is exposed for the same amount of time. The "exposure slit"...
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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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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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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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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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Was there a film camera that was silent?

With digital cameras, when there is no mirror, an electronic shutter can be used to more or less eliminate any moving mechanical parts. That way, a camera makes little or no noise, making it useful ...
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If a rolling shutter travels from top to bottom, why does this image seem to show skew in the other direction?

In the picture below you can see that the rolling shutter moves downwards...i.e., it exposes the light to the sensor from top to bottom. . So the information that the sensor recieves is a bit ...
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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 would be causing a thick black diagonal line in front of my camera's sensor?

I have a Canon XTi. On every photo I take I have a thick diagonal black line appear on the photograph. See an example picture: My next discovery came when I selected ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

I was shooting with a Z6, and I had the silent shutter on for my first couple of shots. From what I understand LED lightbulbs can cause this, but I quickly caught it, and changed back to a mechanical ...
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Silent Shooting - is it easy on the camera's mirror mechanism?

I really take good care of my gear and want it to last as long as possible in optimal condition. So I wonder if silent shooting affects the life expectancy of a camera. Would I do the camera a favor ...
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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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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 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'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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How can an electronic shutter reduce dynamic range?

I read a recent review of a camera which can use either its mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter. The review mentions a problem they noticed with the mechanical shutter, and then notes that the ...
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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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Why don't people care any more about shutter speed accuracy?

With most old (film) cameras people were concerned about shutter speed accuracy at all speeds even if it was an electronic shutter. Nowadays, people seem not to be concerned with this when buying ...
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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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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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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of each shutter mode of my Sony α7R II?

I recently got my Sony α7R II. Coming from the Sony α7R, I'm happy that the shutter isn't as obnoxious anymore in any mode. Additionally, there's the option to have it all electronically ("silent ...
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Why are the tops of people's bodies missing from this photo taken with a tablet from a moving car?

My friend recently took a picture with her tablet of two boys riding a bicycle while she was in a moving car. When she viewed the picture, the background was very clear and the bicycle and the lower ...
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How do I activate the shutter on a Schneider Kreuznach 135/3.5 Xenotar for Linhof?

I can not get the shutter of the Schneider Kreuznach 135/3.5 Xenotar to open. I tried to explain what I know in this picutre: Anyone any idea? I'm afraid I don't have a manual for the lens and haven'...
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What is a leaf shutter?

Recently I saw an advert for the phase-one medium format camera system, in which they mentioned that it could sync to flash at any speed, because it had a "leaf shutter" What exactly is a leaf ...
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DSLR or Mirrorless for Helicopters with doors off?

Long time reader, first time poster. I'm going on some helicopter tours in Hawaii soon, and I'm considering bringing a nicer camera than my cell phone. I've been on helicopters in Hawaii before and ...
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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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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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Why does electronic first curtain shutter affect rendering of blurred backgrounds?

Many recent cameras allow using electronic first curtain shutter with mechanical second curtain, avoiding the huge rolling shutter drawbacks of fully electronic shutter and at the same time avoiding ...
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What's the point of a shutter when the sensor is clearly working all the time to provide live view?

Something I don't understand about compact digital cameras is how their shutters work. On the screen at the back of the camera, a preview is constantly shown. I assume this preview is made by light ...
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Shutter speed calibration

Is there a way to determine a camera's actual shutter speed? If the shutter speed is a bit off is it possible to calibrate your camera's shutter on your own? I own a nikon fm2 film camera.
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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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How long can a shutter be cocked before it is damaged?

I have a Minolta SRT-101 for 35mm photography. I always cock the shutter right before taking a picture, however, if I decide not to take a picture what harm will it do if I have it cocked for longer ...
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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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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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Why do cameras use a slit between two curtains rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly?

Why is it more effective to use "a slit travelling from top to bottom of the sensor" in faster shutter speeds, rather than exposing the entire sensor instantly? And the slit thing only comes in fast ...
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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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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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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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