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Need Slow Shutter Speed Rugged Camera

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by Kezmo, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. Kezmo

    Kezmo New Member


    TLDR - I need a rugged camera with a slow shutter speed

    I can't find the above combination anywhere

    The main feature I want is a slow shutter speed, I find the special effects you can create with water / traffic / lights etc very appealing and thats what I want to photo. I also need it to be rugged - which they don't tend to be. I don't need anything extreme, but water/dust/temp/drop proof would be nice. Under £400 if possible.

    I also don't fully understand how to know if a shutter speed is slow enough for what I need.

    Olympus TG Tough 1/2 1/2000 <4s night mode
    Nikon action cam 1/2 1/16000
    Olympus action cam 1/2 1/24000
    Nikon Aw130 1/1500 - 1/4000 4s firework scene

    When I compare these to Bridge / DSLR cameras, most say 15-30 sec shutter speed, how does that compare to the above?

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

  2. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    How slow do you want to go? Most compact cameras (I have no idea what a TLDR is) tend to be limited on slow shutter. Half a second is enough for low light but for vehicle light rails, milky water effects, star trails and similar you are generally looking at times well beyond a second and sometimes up to minutes. Generally that requires a camera with a manual mode rather than scene or other automatic modes.

    What sort of environments are you going to use it in as you seem to be looking for something a bit on the weather/shock proofed side?
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    TLDR - Too long didn't read?????
  4. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's a way of saying, 'here's the summary in case you don't want to read everything under it'.
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  5. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Have you considered a film camera? Dead easy at that price, and far more reliable.


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  6. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    What about more highly specified camera than the Toughs but put in a 'blimp'?

    Waterproof , probably in your case, but blimps can also be used for noise or infection suppression. Remember to check that you can still tripod mount the camera.

    As a specific camera, how about looking for a s/h bottom of the range (or next one up?) Pentax DSLR from about five years ago? IIRC, they were dust & moisture sealed and cost not a lot of money when new. They seem to handle well in my paws at trade shows so possibly/maybe you would not be dropping it much, either! Perhaps the Pentax experts on here will advise further on that suggestion.
  7. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    One way around this is to find a camera you are comfortable with that does reasonably slow speeds, and the use multiple exposures and blend them.
    If ruggedness is really important, the. Consider a second hand pro level camera. Nikon D700s are available for around £500 with low shutter counts (I recently sold a couple to WEX for just under £500, one with only 6k shutter count)
  8. londonbackpackr

    londonbackpackr Well-Known Member

    The effects you are talking about a usually done with a combination of slow shutter speeds and ND filters. Light/traffic trails can easily be achieved with shutter speed of a couple of seconds, up to 30 seconds.

    The smooth water effect will normally need the use of ND filters and a good one, isn't cheap, something in the 6 -10 stop range usually works for this type of effect..

    All of this can be achieved with a bridge or dslr camera.

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