D50 Nikon bulb mode

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by bongo, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. bongo

    bongo Guest

    D50 Nikon bulb mode

    Anyone here, know of a way of useing the bulb mode for shots longer than 30
    i know you can hold down the button for upto 30 minutes, ( not that i want
    to use 30 minutes :) )

    i would like a way to take shots for 2 or 3 minutes, but since the button
    has to be held down, this is not ideal for long exposures, to much movement
    while taking pictures.
    and i believe that if you use one of the IR remotes, then you have to be in
    front of the camera.
    bongo, Nov 10, 2006
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  2. Use the remote, set the camera on Bulb, set delay operation of shutter. Bulb
    only works in manual mode. Press once to trip, press again to release. Will
    work fine from the side of the camera.

    Rudy Benner \(All_Thumbs\), Nov 10, 2006
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  3. bongo

    George K Guest

    No, but you can use a fiber optic cable to direct the IR beam from the
    remote control to the sensor. You can also use a mirror, or even a
    white card, to reflect the IR beam to the sensor. The D80 also supports
    a wired remote. Harbortronics, http://www.harbortronics.com/index.htm,
    will modify a D70, http://www.harbortronics.com/D70_Mod.pdf, to use a
    wired remote, and they may also be able to modify a D50.

    You can also hold the IR control above the sensor and trigger the
    shutter. You Hand will not be in the FOV of any Nikon lens including
    the fisheye.
    George K, Nov 10, 2006
  4. bongo

    bongo Guest

    thanks m8 i will see if i can get one locally. and give it a try.
    bongo, Nov 10, 2006
  5. I now haev a remote shutter for my D70, but I remember shooting long
    exposures (for astrophotography) before having the remote --- I set
    the camera on delayed shoot, then perss the button to start the
    exposure, and 3 minutes later (or whatever amount of time I choose),
    I carefully pressed the button again.

    I mean, what will a small fraction of a second do to the image that
    the cumulative exposure of 2 or 3 or 5 minutes did not?

    The other option, if not using a telescope as the lens, is to simply
    put the lens cover before releasing the shutter --- you go carefully
    with the lens cover, and by the time that you touch the lens (which
    is the only moment when you cause movement), there is no longer any
    light coming in, so the movement that you caused by touching the
    camera has no effect on the exposure.

    Of course, the optimal solution is to use the remote.

    No, you do not have to be completely in front of it --- I think up
    to 35 degrees or even more still work. You have to point at the
    camera from the correct side (don't remember now if it is from
    the right or from the left --- just try both to determine)


    Carlos Moreno, Nov 11, 2006
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