Bulb photography with digital?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by MD34, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. MD34

    MD34 Guest

    I haven't shot film in several years, but I really enjoyed the effects possible
    using the Bulb feature on my old A1.

    Do the new digital SLR's have this feature and if so, does it differ from a film
    camera. (If at all)
     
    MD34, Jul 30, 2010
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    Peter Guest


    The Nikon D3, D200 & D300 have this feature, as does the Coolpix 8800. Based
    upon what others have told me most of the Canon DSLRs as well as other Nikon
    models also have this feature. though I am not familiar with other models.
    FWIU if you are not sure, just put the camera in manual setting. the lowest
    possible shutter speed in manual will be "bulb" if the camera has the
    feature.

    HTH
     
    Peter, Jul 30, 2010
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    Mr.T Guest

    Yes, even older dSLRs have bulb setting. You can
    use wired or wireless shutter trigger (many dSLRs
    have built-in IR sensor, for those that don't there
    are cheap transmitter/receiver combinations).

    The most important difference is about reciprocity
    failure and color shift: digital sensors don't suffer
    from these as the film does. But the noise can be
    a problem due to sensor heating.
     
    Mr.T, Jul 30, 2010
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  4. MD34

    LOL! Guest

    Oh, poor little insecure pretend-photographer DSLR-TROLL. His question was
    "Bulb photography with digital?" Just because he posted his question in the
    WRONG forum doesn't mean it can't be answered with a more correct reply
    than you'll ever be able to provide.

    LOL!
     
    LOL!, Jul 31, 2010
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : I haven't shot film in several years, but I really enjoyed the effects possible
    : using the Bulb feature on my old A1.
    :
    : Do the new digital SLR's have this feature and if so, does it differ from a film
    : camera. (If at all)

    If you mean the "bulb" exposure setting (which lets you hold the shutter
    open), yes, DSLRs have it.

    If you're talking about using actual flashbulbs, forget it. The current draw
    necessary to flip the switch on a bulb flashgun would probably fry the
    circuitry in the camera.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 31, 2010
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    Peter Guest


    The best way is to try it for yourself, with your camera.
    Different sensors might well have different reactions.
     
    Peter, Jul 31, 2010
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  7. MD34

    MD34 Guest

    That's what I was more curious about. I've taken some stunning time exposure
    shots and wondered how the image would be with digital.

    I wondered about reciprocity and gamma curves and how images would compare.

    Thanks!
     
    MD34, Jul 31, 2010
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  8. MD34

    Guest Guest

    if they're ef lenses they can be used on any canon dslr.

    if they're fd lenses, you'll need to get a 4/3rds camera and an adapter.
     
    Guest, Jul 31, 2010
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  9. MD34

    MD34 Guest

    I would if I had one. Right now just a really nice Fuji, but no bulb.

    Still pissed that my $5000 worth of Canon SLR film lens can't be used.
     
    MD34, Aug 1, 2010
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