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  •  Shutter lag of .4 sec is awful . (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, Mentatmark

    Leica M3 16ms
    Leica M7 12ms
    .4 = 400ms ?

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:27:56 AM PST

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    •  I think it was power up .4 sec from cold start nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

      by Mentatmark on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:45:56 AM PST

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      •  So your walking along (2+ / 0-)
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        and you want to grab a shot ,
        you need to start up the camera
        unless you always have it "on" ?

        "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

        by indycam on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:01:04 AM PST

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        •  Not shutter lag, power on. (2+ / 0-)
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          For me, the .4s is faster than my "draw" time, so by the time I've got it to my eye it's on.  I suppose as a photo journalist you may be quicker on the draw than me :-P

          If you wanted to leave it on all the time you could do that too, the battery drain while it's not actively using the sensor is negligible.

          My reference point is the D7000, a consumer-level camera which costs about 1/6th of the M7. If you need more speed and you're looking to spend Leica money, either go for the leica or get one of the pro-level Nikon bodies...

          The rangefinders will always beat an SLR design in terms of shutter lag, since they don't need to swing a mirror out of the way.  But as between your Nikon F and a DSLR, I'm pretty sure the current crop of DSLRs are on par. (Of course, if you factor in that you've already got the F, it might come out ahead :-D)

          •  My D5100 is the same (3+ / 0-)
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            I use a BlackRapid sling. My trigger finger hits the power on as I bring it up.

            I wish I had spent the extra $400 to get the D7000, but at the time that $400 was the difference between being able to afford to go to NOLA for the second anti-ALEC protest with some camera or having the weather proof better AF and processor camera and no anti-ALEC photos.

            Waiting to see what the replacement(s) for the D7000 and D300 look like. The D5100 will end up a backup body. DX for now, FX maybe later...

            Started with a twin lens reflex in the early seventies, 620 film. Then to 35mm. I have wound my share of spools...

            You have to love larger format, but it is out of my price range in digital.

            Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

            by Mentatmark on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:42:37 PM PST

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          •  For a very long time I was repairing cameras (2+ / 0-)
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            I did it for a living , I have a pretty good handle on whats what .
            You can get near zero shutter lag out of a IIIa , cheap .

            "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

            by indycam on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:01:05 PM PST

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            •  I'm sure you're right. I suppose what I'm (1+ / 0-)
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              experiencing is the "benefit" of not knowing any better than my DSLR's responsiveness. As a 'young whippersnapper' my camera experience has been: slooooooooow consumer digital => phone camera => DSLR.  And by that progression, the DSLR feels incredibly fast :-D
              Add in the fact that my reaction time is slower than the camera's and I'm blissfully ignorant of how much faster things could be/used to be.

              By IIIa do you mean the FM3a? 'cause there's a lot less going on in there....

              I am curious though, do you have an idea of what  your shutter lag is on the IIIa? Or is timing something in the 10s of milliseconds range too tricky w/o special equipment?
              I would think that anything with a mirror takes time to move it, and there's a limit to how fast you can slam those around.  

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