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Old Jul 16, 2002, 11:43 PM   #1
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The slowest shutter speed in many digital cameras is 1 sec. (Exceptions are some Canon makes which have upto 15 seconds.) With the 1 sec. shutter speed, is it possible to take a night shot? Or, do these cameras have any other system for taking night shots? Will be grateful for users' advice.
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Old Jul 17, 2002, 12:20 AM   #2
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it's 4 sec for D7i
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Old Jul 17, 2002, 12:42 AM   #3
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actually its BULB on the D7i. tripod, external shutter release, manual operation, then you count 1 mississippi. 2 mississippi. 3 mississippi etc......
watch your noise level though.

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Old Jul 17, 2002, 6:58 AM   #4
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My Casio 3000 will go to 60 sec plus bulb, but the only situation where noise doesn't overwhelm the image at those times is outdoors in the winter. In general, long exposure times with digicams are to noisy to be usefull.

(I live in Minnesota where everyone can walk on water about five months of the year.)

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Old Jul 17, 2002, 7:19 AM   #5
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I post theses unedited pictures in the old forum, so everyone can see what kind of noise we're talking about

http://www.pbase.com/nhl/daynight_comparison

http://www.pbase.com/nhl/d7_nigh_shots
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I used 3, 8, 10, & 15 sec for fireworks on the 4th (Canon A40) depending on if big city display or my son's rockets in the yard. Couldn't judge when his were going to take off so went with longer shutter speeds to get the entire rocket travel. Got good results. I don't know for sure but I think most night shots are going to need more than 1 sec.

What shutter settings do I need to try for twilight shots anyone. Is 1-3 seconds about right with apture towards the open end (f2.8), ISO 100-150? Starting with faster speed/ bigger ISO and changing to slower/smaller as it darkens (don't have too much aperture control with this camera). Tripod or steadied against stable object. Does this sound about right? Going to try some this weekend. Thx AR
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