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Sony RX1

Leaf Shutter Speed Limits

As with the Fujifilm X100 and Sigma DP Merrill and Ricoh GR, the Sony RX1 / RX1R limits its top shutter speed at wide apertures, due to its in-lens leaf shutter.

While a leaf shutter is highly desirable for flash sync as well as much lower vibration over a focal plane shutter, a leaf shutter cannot open and close fast enough to cover the wider apertures. The shutter speed range restrictions are as follows:

The issue here is that in bright conditions, one effectively cannot use f/2 and f/2.8 (image could be blown out, too bright). The workaround is to mount a polarizer or neutral density filter to reduce the brightness.

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