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Laura 
 

shooting stars


hey guys, I recently bought a nikon d80 and I really can't work it out how can I set the amount of time I want in the bulb mode in "manual" mode...it seems kinda weird to keep the button pressed an hour to shoot the stars...
I know that at canons, you can set the time for bulb mode...


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8/26/2008 12:32:49 PM

 
W.   
In 'Bulb' mode ('B') when you press the shutter button all the way down the shutter opens. The shutter closes again when you let go of the shutter button. So yes, in 'Bulb' mode you need to keep the shutter button down for the duration.
In 'Time' mode ('T'; don't know of any current cameras that have it) when you press the shutter button, AND LET GO, the shutter opens. The shutter closes again when you press the shutter button, AND LET GO again.

If you can preset the duration it is not 'Bulb' mode.


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8/26/2008 2:34:19 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Laura, any cable release I've owned has a lock. Press the release button, lock it, and don't forget to unlock it at the end of the exposure!


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8/28/2008 8:28:12 AM

 
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What cable release, Kay? Do you have a link for a practically useable cable release for dSLRs? And for Laura's D80 in particular?


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8/29/2008 6:00:08 AM

 
Laura    I found release cables on ebay espcially for nikons. it says there you can use them in the bulb mode.and it's exactly the way w.s. said.u press the button on the remote and easily slide it to lock. when u think u're done u unlock the button on the remote and the shutter closes...anyway...i'm a bit dissapointed that nikon doesn't have timing in bulb, after all that money I spent on it :P


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8/29/2008 12:08:36 PM

 
Laura    sry...how kay said


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8/29/2008 12:10:51 PM

 
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If Nikon had "timing in bulb", it wouldn't be "Bulb" ("B"). It would be called "Time" ("T"). But I've seen that mode last on (consumer) cameras that were conceived, developed and built in the fifties and sixties of last century.


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8/29/2008 3:53:01 PM

 
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