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What shutter speed should be used to prevent motion blur during hand-held shooting?

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The generally accepted rule to prevent blurring caused by camera shake during hand-held shooting is to use a shutter speed that is at least as fast as "1 divided by the focal length." For example, this means if shooting with a focal length of 50mm, then you should use a shutter speed of 1/50 sec or faster. Use a shutter speed of 1/100 sec or faster when shooting with a 100mm focal length, and so forth.