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Cheap (s/h?) digital low shutter lag camera?
Hi, first post from me,.

After a few years of using a point and shoot Fuji A202, I am looking for something more suitable to my developing needs - a decent general digital camera with about 5-6 MP, decent zoom (say 10-12x) but a main requirement is low shutter lag as I am wanting to shoot motorsports and trucks (travelling at motorway speeds)..

I wasn't aware of the lag problem for my domestic photography (ie family, cats and photos for Ebay sales), until I tried to shoot moving rather than static trucks. Also the inability to control shutter speed to capture these images is a problem on everything but very bright days..

Previously I used to mainly do motorsport photography with a Nikon FM (and either standard 50mm or 80-200mm zoom lenses and a powerful flash for night shots), but stopped that when my interest declined somewhat and I went digital..

I thought that someting like a Fuji S5200/5600 would be ideal apart from reports I have read about shutter lag, but have also read that someone quite happily shoots trains at 75mph okay!!.

I consider myself to be an intermediate level tog, understanding things like aperture, dof, ASA etc etc, and would be perfectly happy if someone waved a magic wand and enabled my old FM to produce digital pics rather than use film..

Having looked at the S5600 which I can get for about 100 - 110 in the UK, that would be my ideal budget and I am not scared of buying something secondhand that works okay..

So - questions are, could I use a S5600 in such a way that will enable me to take moving shots, or if not what should I be considering, eg an early dSLR??.

Thanks in advance.

AlexThe_Catman..

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There is a general belief that ALL P&S's have a long shutter lag ..... and that all DSLR's are faster..

That is not necessarily true. Some P&S's are faster reacting .... but I am not qualified at the moment to name current specific cameras..

BUT .... there are two sets of timing figures with each camera. There is then actual "shutter" delay .... but first the camera must "auto" focus and that delay is even longer ... much, much longer..

So the first ability you need is to be able to either put your camera into MANUAL FOCUS or be able to "pre"-focus with a "half" push of your exposure button..

The_Catman wrote:.

Hi, first post from me,.

After a few years of using a point and shoot Fuji A202, I am lookingfor something more suitable to my developing needs - a decent generaldigital camera with about 5-6 MP, decent zoom (say 10-12x) but a mainrequirement is low shutter lag as I am wanting to shoot motorsportsand trucks (travelling at motorway speeds)..

I wasn't aware of the lag problem for my domestic photography (iefamily, cats and photos for Ebay sales), until I tried to shootmoving rather than static trucks. Also the inability to controlshutter speed to capture these images is a problem on everything butvery bright days..

Previously I used to mainly do motorsport photography with a Nikon FM(and either standard 50mm or 80-200mm zoom lenses and a powerfulflash for night shots), but stopped that when my interest declinedsomewhat and I went digital..

I thought that someting like a Fuji S5200/5600 would be ideal apartfrom reports I have read about shutter lag, but have also read thatsomeone quite happily shoots trains at 75mph okay!!.

I consider myself to be an intermediate level tog, understandingthings like aperture, dof, ASA etc etc, and would be perfectly happyif someone waved a magic wand and enabled my old FM to producedigital pics rather than use film..

Having looked at the S5600 which I can get for about 100 - 110 inthe UK, that would be my ideal budget and I am not scared of buyingsomething secondhand that works okay..

So - questions are, could I use a S5600 in such a way that willenable me to take moving shots, or if not what should I beconsidering, eg an early dSLR??.

Thanks in advance.

AlexThe_Catman.

Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.

( Do You Ever STOP to THINK and FORGET to START Again ??? )..

Comment #1

JoePhoto wrote:.

So the first ability you need is to be able to either put your camerainto MANUAL FOCUS or be able to "pre"-focus with a "half" push ofyour exposure button..

Imaging Resource has a "performance" page in their reviews that lists different timings for camera operation. Illustrating JoePhoto's point, the s5200 has over a 1/2 second shutter lag in full autofocus, about 1/3 second lag in manual focus, and less than 2/100 second lag after pre-focusing by half-pressing the shutter release.http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S5200/S5200A6.HTM..

Comment #2

The_Catman wrote:.

I thought that someting like a Fuji S5200/5600 would be ideal apartfrom reports I have read about shutter lag, but have also read thatsomeone quite happily shoots trains at 75mph okay!!.

Fine if you are panning with the moving subject and continue panning while the shot is taken, but the S3200 has a horribly long shutter lag..

I consider myself to be an intermediate level tog, understandingthings like aperture, dof, ASA etc etc, and would be perfectly happyif someone waved a magic wand and enabled my old FM to producedigital pics rather than use film..

So - questions are, could I use a S5600 in such a way that willenable me to take moving shots, or if not what should I beconsidering, eg an early dSLR??.

Although when prefocused, P&S type digital cameras often have very short shutter lags, dSLRs always feel more responsive. I would look at entry level dSLRs. You may even find one that can make use of your Nikon lenses..

The Nikon D40 and D40x cameras are a very reasonable price, but they will not perform AF with many older Nikon lenses..

Brian A...

Comment #3

You can stay with Fuji and buy the S6500 (S6000 in US) which has a high speed mode for autofocus that will work well with the application that you have in mind. Also, this camera has a very fast 'pre-focussed' shutter lag of only 17mS (DSLRs are limited by the mirror to > 60mS).

I have used this camera for shooting vehicles travelling at very high speeds with excellent results..

Cheers..

Comment #4

Thanks to you all for the answers, they were very helpful..

I think my doubts about the Fuji bridge cameras had been aleviated (sp?), the use of pre-focus sounds like the answer - and despite risking confusing myself even more have decided that a S6000/S6500 is the probably best bet for me at the moment (even before it got your endorsement but thanks for confirming it rocklobster)- just need to see if I can find one at a decent price now!!.

I didn't realise that my old Nikon lenses could be used with a new dSLR body ie D40, so manythanks for that Brian, and whilst that option seems a bit too expensive for me at the moment it is something I might well consider in the future when a secondhand D40 body becomes cheaper..

Many thanks again, and please don't bid against me on Ebay   .

Alex..

Comment #5

It's worth mentioning that if any of your old lenses are autofocus, they will not AF with the D40 or D40xonly with other Nikon bodies...

Comment #6

Thanks Ben, but they date from 1980 ish and are just MF, so it will be estimating aperture and focus, but as I say that is for the future.......

Alex..

Comment #7

The_Catman wrote:.

Thanks to you all for the answers, they were very helpful..

I think my doubts about the Fuji bridge cameras had been aleviated(sp?), the use of pre-focus sounds like the answer - and despiterisking confusing myself even more have decided that a S6000/S6500 isthe probably best bet for me at the moment (even before it got yourendorsement but thanks for confirming it rocklobster)- just need tosee if I can find one at a decent price now!!.

I didn't realise that my old Nikon lenses could be used with a newdSLR body ie D40,.

Just a warning that the D40 is "unique" in that it offers less backward-compatibility than all other Nikons..

But if they are already MF lenses anyway, maybe that won't make any difference..

But I am still concerned about exposure metering ....

You can post a question in the Nikon forum for more specifics..

So manythanks for that Brian, and whilst thatoption seems a bit too expensive for me at the moment it is somethingI might well consider in the future when a secondhand D40 bodybecomes cheaper..

Many thanks again, and please don't bid against me on Ebay   .

Alex.

Thanks for reading .... JoePhoto.

( Do You Ever STOP to THINK and FORGET to START Again ??? )..

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