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Shutter Lag Specification for 20D
Old 09-30-2004, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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One of the major issues I've had with shooting digital is the shutter lag.....the time it takes between the time you depress the shutter release button until the mirror pops up and the shutter opens... on my D30, it was nearly a second long without pepressing half way down..and not much faster if you had depressed it half way down... The D60 improved the timing of this..but not by much... the 10D was finally fairly fast...but not the quickest thing for shooting action moments like soccer, basketball....or when the receiver jumps up to catch the football... I often miss great shots like that when using my 10D body but when I used to shoot exclusively with film, my 1n & especially 1nRS bodies were day and night compared to the 10D body... Honestly I doubt if anything out there has ever come close to the 1n RS bodies...because they didn't have to move a mirror out of the way.... And when switching to digital, ...at the time, all I was able to afford was the D30...I had to shoot professional level outdoor soccer...because that's what the boss wanted...or they'd find someone else.. .....and I was stuck with this three thousand dollar piece of crap super slow shutter lag camera that not only had a slow shutter lag...but it focused really slow and inacurate too... (I actually paid about 3,700.00 with the 160mb 8x Lexar card and the grip with an extra battery....that 160 was my "sports card")...( I later bought a second body that smashed when it went over my shoulder..and absorbed the impact of my 600mm f4 USM L......my 1n body survived a nasty fall with a 400mm f2.8 MK II lens after the shoulder strap gave way....but then we are talking about a very rugged camera body..) ...and now we fast forward to the 20D... damn! for half the price, we get a metal body, a resolution of 8.2MP vs 3, iso that can go up to 3200...with a LOT less noise..and 5 frames per second vs 3, a 250th flash sync vs 200th...and a shutter lag time that comes very close to what my 10 year old body design EOS 1n.. which was my camera of choice after losing my first business... I kept a pair of them...and sold my RS bodies...along with my A2 bodies and my 620.. I still shoot with my 1n Bodies..and I really have been spoiled by having some nice equipment to shoot with over the years.....and when I read the specs of the 20D....especially with the shutter lag being much quicker than the 10D...and pretty clost to the 1n....& their claim that image noise at iso 1600 on the 20D is the same as iso 400 on the 10D, I suddenly fell in love! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I think I'll buy one of these and perhaps I might look into getting a used 1Ds.. or a MK II

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I managed to nail this one but even though I did, it looks like hell.. 1/640s f/2.8 at 300.0mm iso1600

 
 
Just a matter of time
Old 09-30-2004, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't worry JP, I am postive that Canon will get this down and in a couple of years, you won't be able to tell the difference between shooting film or digital when it comes to this lag time. It's just a matter of time. Digital photo technology has come so far in such a short time. I know that you can remember when the quality of digital cameras wasn't anything close to the level you need it, and lo and behold, you are now shooting digital.

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Don't worry JP, I am postive that Canon will get this down and in a couple of years, you won't be able to tell the difference between shooting film or digital when it comes to this lag time. It's just a matter of time. Digital photo technology has come so far in such a short time. I know that you can remember when the quality of digital cameras wasn't anything close to the level you need it, and lo and behold, you are now shooting digital.

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Oh my...you aren't kidding...and back in 97,...just 5 years before I went digital, you couldn't touch a 6mp camera for less than 30 thousand dollars.. and boy was it a clunker.....slooooow...and limiting with the iso range... I f I remember corrrectly, they were limited to iso 80-200......ok for the studio or editorial shooting but action?? ...forget it.. I wonder how much the 20D...or D70 bodies would be running in 97 if they were suddenly introduced.....I'm guessing somewhere in the 50K range!

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I know where you are coming from. I used to use and still own the EOS RT with a 8 ms shutter lag time. Old and outdated camera for the most part but a pleasure to use for shooting certian sports where tracking a moving object is a must. The D60 certainly isn't the same hopefully with enough pennies saved in the next couple months a 20D will be a early Xmas present for me.
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