I was on the beautiful Hobart waterfront the other evening with my camera and thought I would challenge myself to see how well I could hold my camera at slow shutter speeds.
I had my Nikon D700 with my walk around lens, a Tamron 28-300mm (f3.5-6.3) with image stabilisation. While it is not the sharpest and fastest lens out there it is quite sharp and covers a good zoom range. With my 70-200mm lens, I struggle to get slow shutter speeds largely due to the weight of the lens and also it doesn’t have image stabilisation which can really help in most situations. Well, I surprised myself. While shooting, I was able to get perfectly good images down to 1/4 second hand held. With my arms tucked in tight and holding my breath, I concentrated on keeping the camera focussed on a single point and gently pressing the shutter release I was able to get some nice shots. At least 90% of my images were sharp with no motion blur.
The first image is of a fishing boat tied up at the jetty. Camera specs – Nikon D700 1/4 sec at f8, ISO 3200, 100mm (28-300mm f/3.5-6.3).
The first second image is the Hotel Grand Chancellor, also on the Hobart waterfront. Camera specs – Nikon D700 1/6 sec at f8, ISO 3200, 35mm (28-300mm f/3.5-6.3).