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Susan Jane Allen
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Rebel XT Bulb--Fireworks and Floating Lanterns


I recently moved and the instruction manual for my Rebel XT is in a shipment which hasn't arrived. I've never worked much with night shots and have never used "Bulb". I was trying to find it on my camera and couldn't. Could some kind soul tell me how to set it to "Bulb"? I'll be shooting fireworks over the bay tomorrow night.

I've read some articles on shooting fireworks, but at the same time tomorrow night there is going to be a fantastic spectacle (Obon Festival, Japan) where hundreds of floating lanterns are going to be set afloat in the bay. Would I use the same settings---bulb and f8 for that too?

The only two lenses I have are the kit lens for the Rebel XT (18-55mm) and a Sigma 70--300. I read Jim's article that he uses a telephoto--so, I guess I should use that. I regret buying the 70-300 because I hear that above 200 it's too soft (actually, I generally only use it for the macro function until I can get some new lenses). So, should I stick with setting it on 200?

I'm worried that the telephoto will give me a very limited field of vision, so perhaps I should use the 18--55 for the lanterns?

I would be grateful for any suggestions for tomorrow night--even very basic ones.


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8/15/2006 11:47:28 AM

 
Jon Close
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  The instruction manual can be downloaded in .pdf from Canon - LINK.

The BULB shutter setting is available only in M exposure mode. Best results with BULB are obtained using a tripod and remote release - RS-60E3 (wired) or RC-1 (wireless), or a comparable clone or DIY rig.


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8/15/2006 12:29:11 PM

 
Susan Jane Allen
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  Thanks Jon, very helpful! I hardly take a shot anymore without a tripod, and usually a remote release. Quite a challenge last night when trying to capture some street dancing, but I have a fairly good tripod now and once you get used to quick adjustments, it's surprising how workable it is.

Does anyone have suggestions about the difference in settings between shooting fireworks and lanterns, and weather I should use bulb for that too?


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8/15/2006 8:04:38 PM

 
Susan Jane Allen
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  Yikes! Please help! I can't get into the site that Jon provided the link for. It says that I'm in the wrong region to access that site (I'm in Japan). I did a search on Canon official sites in Japan and got one, but all the links where I might find the user manual are in Japanese.

Could any kind soul give me a hint as to where I can find the bulb function on the Rebel XT? I know I must be an idiot, but I put it in manual, and still can't find it.


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8/15/2006 8:26:04 PM

 
Susan Jane Allen
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  Okay, I got the manual and have my camera set to BULB, with f8, and my long exposure noise reduction enabled. Should I set my ISO to 100? Should I enable my mirror lockup?

Thanks for any help!


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8/15/2006 9:03:28 PM

 
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