I need help with my Nikon D40x. Shutter speed problem.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by 66217, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. 66217 Guest

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    So I have been playing with this camera since I bought it.:)

    But I have this problem: sometimes I am not able to increase the shutter speed. Most of the times the maximum it would let me select is 1/200. But sometimes, and I really don't know why, it would let me select 1/4000.

    I am using it in complete manual mode, so I really don't see what the problem could be.

    Thanks,
     
  2. M@lew macrumors 68000

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  3. macourteau macrumors newbie

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    I don't own a D40x but a quick Google search said the D40x's X-Sync speed with the flash is 1/200s, so I'm guessing those pictures when you're limited to 1/200 is when the flash is active? ;)

    (from http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D40X/D40XA5.HTM)

    Basically, the X-Sync speed is the fastest speed the shutter can be open for the flash to expose the complete frame. If you were to shoot faster with a flash, then a part of your image would be darker (less exposed, because the flash didn't register for that part of the image).

    I know that some cameras (such as mine, a Canon EOS 30D) offer a "high speed sync" feature that lets you go faster than the X-Sync speed (I successfully went to 1/1000 with that feature on my camera although the X-Sync speed is 1/250), so you might want to look into that for your camera. :) It's good to know though that high speed sync basically bursts the flash multiple times to expose everything so that is killer for battery life.
     
  4. 66217 thread starter Guest

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    Yes, this is the problem. I should have noticed it.:eek:

    Thanks for the help,
     
  5. 66217 thread starter Guest

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    Another question:

    How can I increase the x-sync? It seems the D40x does not has the available option to put "high speed sync".

    Would getting an Speedlight increase the x-sync?

    Thanks,
     
  6. macourteau macrumors newbie

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    I believe the x-sync speed has to do with the camera's shutter mechanism, and not the flash attached to it, but then again I am not sure (and I use a Canon camera).

    You would have to either see with a Nikon user or read your manual to see if it's mentionned.
     
  7. WardPhotography macrumors newbie

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    I think my problem is not being able to read the display screen and then being able to tell what the speed is or how to adjust it. I see so many people write 1/200 and so on but how do you read that?
     

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