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    Question about Leica M shutter and long exposure times

    I was wondering if there are certain shutter speeds where the shutter might create motion blur from in-camera vibrations? For example, if the Leica was mounted solidly on a tripod and the shutter was tripped using a cable release....at what shutter speeds might blurs start to show from vibrations to the camera body caused by the shutter itself? THanks for any info

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    Re: Question about Leica M shutter and long exposure times

    If it were to happen I would say the shutter speeds would be in the 1/2 second to 1/15 second range. Anything longer and the tiny fraction of a second when the shutter vibrated the camera would be insignificant to the overall exposure. But the best thing is to use a heavier tripod and if the situation allows use the self timer to trip the shutter rather than a cable release which itself can cause any movement you are seeing.

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    Re: Question about Leica M shutter and long exposure times

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike M View Post
    I was wondering if there are certain shutter speeds where the shutter might create motion blur from in-camera vibrations? For example, if the Leica was mounted solidly on a tripod and the shutter was tripped using a cable release....at what shutter speeds might blurs start to show from vibrations to the camera body caused by the shutter itself? THanks for any info
    In my experience Mike, it won't. The M uses a curtain shutter, so you should never see any vibration from it at any speed. I've shot many times with my M's "locked down" on tripod using a cable release, and never once did I have any problems.

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    Re: Question about Leica M shutter and long exposure times

    Yes you are right about the cloth shutter Chuck, I went straight into 'M9 auto reply mode' and was answering about the metal Copal shutter. But I think you still need to be careful using a cable release, an M doesn't have the inertia of a big SLR to dampen what is in effect a stiff wire prodding it.

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    Re: Question about Leica M shutter and long exposure times

    Thanks guys!

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    Re: Question about Leica M shutter and long exposure times

    I often set the M9 on rail, benches, etc. for long exposures, and I've never experienced blur from the shutter, even without a tripod like that. Shoot with confidence.

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