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The slower shutter speed was good because I got some blue sky background and more foreground, but it also means the fireworks smears as it moves through the frame. This can be good or bad. With shorter exposures, the fireworks often seems anemic. Of course with long exposures you also get more camera shake induced blurriness.
The manual settings mean the shutter lag gets reduced significantly, but there were still instances where it took forever for a photo to be taken. Then once that first one went through, you could just mash the shutter button and get a bunch more without further delay. This seemed to happen especially after zooming. Or maybe I should have set the white balance manually, too, it could be that evaluating the white balance introduced additional shutter lag.