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Old Jun 9, 2004, 1:49 PM   #11
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ohhh..i've done that with a laser pointer....drew smily faces, and my name...lol
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 2:43 PM   #12
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An ideal version for this challenge would be to suspend a laser light from a piece of sting and let it swirl leaving a series of circles and ovals. The longest my camera will stay open for is two seconds. When it used in very dark conditions I get lots of noise.
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 2:48 PM   #13
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It's funny you should mention laser pointers because i have one and was wondering if it would be useful. I might have a play with it. :-)
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 2:48 PM   #14
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it's full auto right? so you can't tell it not to use a higher iso?
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 3:14 PM   #15
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It has the film equivalent to ISO 100, 200, 400 and B&W which is set manually. There is a noticeable difference between 100 and 400 with 100 being less noisy just like film. And also just like film there is not a great deal of difference between 200 and 400. I can remove the noise afterwards with minimal damage to the lines of light if I am careful. But it takes to long and isn't worth the effort. Plus two seconds is not long enough to get a nice pattern.
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 3:34 PM   #16
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oh? so you can set that....it still only goes to two second

darn

i guess i'll have to try it....
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Old Jun 10, 2004, 5:21 AM   #17
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I'm going to try it with my film camera one day. I also want to get someone to draw on a wall with a laser pen in a pitch-black room. My 35mm SLR can stay open for 30 seconds and bulb. For the bulb I'd really need a cable release but they're so expensive for what they are. I've got instructions to make my own which I will do. I'm a little worried but making the camera go bang though. :lol:

The short cable release and the long cable release for my camera. Way to much money.
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Old Jun 10, 2004, 7:52 AM   #18
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I don't know how to translate pounds into dollars, but I've got to say that the money I spent (think it was over $50) on my own cable release has paid for itself over and over and over. Longer exposures, close-ups, and long lenses all scream for a cable release because the tiniest bit of camera shake ruins the picture. You might find an expanded world of photos if you buy one, but it does depend on whether or not you'll use it a lot.
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I thought long and hard about getting one when I got the camera and decided then that I would like one, but it was by no means a necesity. £39.99 is just shy of $80 and £49.99 is just over $91. Way to much when I can make my own for under £5.

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Way to much when I can make my own for under £5.
That's for sure. When and if you do so, would you let us know how it works out?

Excellent site. Just bookmarked it.
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