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12/27/2022 06:32:15 PM · #1
Please help!! I’m having a problem That makes absolutely no sense. I went out to shoot for holiday lights. I had my camera set at ISO 1000, F stop 5.6, and I had a blinking shutter speed of 0.5 seconds. First of all, it makes absolutely no sense that the 0.5 seconds should have been blinking. It wasn’t enough light and since it was an aperture priority mode it should’ve just put me up to 30 seconds or so. It should’ve changed the shutter speed. It didn’t matter if I change the aperture to 22 or to 2.8, it still didn’t adjust the shutter speed from the blinking 0.5 seconds. I also tried putting the ISO up to 12,800, and it still gave me a blinking shutter speed of 0.5 seconds. When I change to shutter priority I just had a blinking aperture 2.8 which would never change even if I change the shutter speed or the ISO. I could change things in full manual mode. But when I went back to aperture priority or shutter priority I had the same problem. I took out the battery I switched lenses. After just letting it sit for a while Jesse picked it up and it was working fine.

I can;t think of any logical reason of why it would lock down that point five seconds for a shutter speed. This has happened a couple of times now.

Please help!!
12/27/2022 06:43:11 PM · #2
It seems that when in continuous shooting mode, the electronic shutter is limited to a msx. time of 0.5s Try using mechanical shutter, or switching out of continuous shooting mode.
12/27/2022 06:52:19 PM · #3
Originally posted by kirbic:

It seems that when in continuous shooting mode, the electronic shutter is limited to a msx. time of 0.5s Try using mechanical shutter, or switching out of continuous shooting mode.


Wow.... you may be right. I've never paid attention to electronic or manual shutter because it would always just pick one and I didn't really care. This is the first camera that made a big deal about it. and it never seemed to affect me, so I never read up on it.

Why does it have both, why should I care?
12/27/2022 07:01:00 PM · #4
thank you thank you thank you!! I was sooooo worried.
12/28/2022 02:45:10 AM · #5
I had a lot of similar issues in the same challenge and put it down to the extremely low light. It wouldn’t let me shoot even in MF with a flash on, constantly flashing shutter at me even though with the flash that particular shot would’ve been fine.

I had to switch to manual to get it to stop, which was challenging as at that point we were moving quickly. Good to know though.


Message edited by author 2022-12-28 02:46:28.
12/28/2022 10:19:48 AM · #6
Originally posted by Rankles:

I had a lot of similar issues in the same challenge and put it down to the extremely low light. It wouldn’t let me shoot even in MF with a flash on, constantly flashing shutter at me even though with the flash that particular shot would’ve been fine.

I had to switch to manual to get it to stop, which was challenging as at that point we were moving quickly. Good to know though.


kirbic was right, my electronic shutter can't do more than 1/2 second in continuous mode. Switching to single shot worked.

With yours, it sounds like a flash sync issue. When using a flash, I usually switch to manual mode to get what I want. Because even though it's supposed to do a fill flash when using A, it never really does what I want.
12/28/2022 12:49:11 PM · #7
As an aside to this conversation, a lot of mirrorless cameras have the option of either electronic shutter, mechanical shutter, or a combination of both, e.g. electronic first curtain, mechanical second curtain.
What you use normally does not have that much impact, except in certain circumstances. One impact that can greatly affect the appearance of the final image is when electronic shutter is used in scenes where the is motion blur. The "rolling shutter" effect can distort the blurred object. A dramatic example of this would be photographing an aircraft with a rotating propeller. You want enough blur to convey motion, but not a complete blur. When photographed at the appropriate shutter speed with electronic shutter the blades will look bent or swept backward at the tips when captured along the axis of sensor read-out. This does not happen to any great degree with mechanical shutter; the blades appear straight as they should.
The lesson here is to always be aware of whether you are using electronic shutter or mechanical, and know how that will impact your image (and apparently your choice of exposure!)
12/28/2022 01:14:33 PM · #8
Originally posted by kirbic:

As an aside to this conversation, a lot of mirrorless cameras have the option of either electronic shutter, mechanical shutter, or a combination of both, e.g. electronic first curtain, mechanical second curtain.
What you use normally does not have that much impact, except in certain circumstances. One impact that can greatly affect the appearance of the final image is when electronic shutter is used in scenes where the is motion blur. The "rolling shutter" effect can distort the blurred object. A dramatic example of this would be photographing an aircraft with a rotating propeller. You want enough blur to convey motion, but not a complete blur. When photographed at the appropriate shutter speed with electronic shutter the blades will look bent or swept backward at the tips when captured along the axis of sensor read-out. This does not happen to any great degree with mechanical shutter; the blades appear straight as they should.
The lesson here is to always be aware of whether you are using electronic shutter or mechanical, and know how that will impact your image (and apparently your choice of exposure!)


Ok — it sounds like I need to pay more attention to that. Thanks so much — I was getting ready to send my camera in for repair, because it just didn’t make any logical sense and wasn’t finding answers on the net.

Once again - DPC (especially Kirbic!) to the rescue!
12/28/2022 01:21:28 PM · #9
Originally posted by vawendy:

... I was getting ready to send my camera in for repair, because it just didn’t make any logical sense and wasn’t finding answers on the net.

Hate to ask but did your camera come with a manual?
12/28/2022 05:45:44 PM · #10
Originally posted by vawendy:

... I was getting ready to send my camera in for repair, because it just didn’t make any logical sense and wasn’t finding answers on the net.


Originally posted by GeneralE:

Hate to ask but did your camera come with a manual?


Manual??? We don' need no steenkin' manual!
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