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Old Nov 15, 2004, 11:53 AM   #11
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I'm obviously completely dense this week, but isn't the longest shutter time on the D70 30 seconds?
Good question actually. I had to think about it, and then when I pulled my camera out to verify I saw I had been thinking wrong :-)

If you are in Shutter priority, the lowest time you can choose is 30 seconds. If you put the camera in manual, 30 seconds is once again the lowest selectable time, but then the next option is bulb. With the shutter speed set to bulb, press the shutter button once and the shutter opens. Press it a second time and the shutter closes or if you don't press the button again, the shutter will automatically close after 30 minutes.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 9:03 PM   #12
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I'm obviously completely dense this week, but isn't the longest shutter time on the D70 30 seconds?
Good question actually. I had to think about it, and then when I pulled my camera out to verify I saw I had been thinking wrong :-)

If you are in Shutter priority, the lowest time you can choose is 30 seconds. If you put the camera in manual, 30 seconds is once again the lowest selectable time, but then the next option is bulb. With the shutter speed set to bulb, press the shutter button once and the shutter opens. Press it a second time and the shutter closes or if you don't press the button again, the shutter will automatically close after 30 minutes.
Now how would I go about pressing the shutter if I didn't want any camera shake? By the way, Thanks! to all who have replied to my question. I have just sgned up and have learned a lot from reading the different posts.
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Old Nov 15, 2004, 9:20 PM   #13
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I suppose you might be ok with a sturdy tripod. If not, buy the remote. It's like $16 and works fine for this. You do have to sorta put the remote pointing at the front of the camera to trigger it so you have to be careful not to get the remote in the picture.
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Old Nov 20, 2004, 7:03 PM   #14
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If you are in Shutter priority, the lowest time you can choose is 30 seconds. If you put the camera in manual, 30 seconds is once again the lowest selectable time, but then the next option is bulb. With the shutter speed set to bulb, press the shutter button once and the shutter opens. Press it a second time and the shutter closes or if you don't press the button again, the shutter will automatically close after 30 minutes.
Oddly enough, I cannot get this work as advertised

When I'm in Shutter Priority the longest I can set the exposure to is 30", even at that the aperture display says H1 which I've never seen before.

If I go to full manual I can set to BULB, but then when I press the shutter once and let go it takes a a short shot. Is there a setting I need to change to make it require two presses of the button, one to start and one to stop?

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Old Nov 20, 2004, 8:32 PM   #15
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Sorry, I looked through my manual and I told you a bit wrong. If you have a remote as I do, you can press once to open and press again to close. If you don't have a remote, it seems you have to hold the button down the entire time. See page 83 in the manual if you have it.

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Old Nov 28, 2004, 8:12 PM   #16
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Gee! very usefull, the ability to use bulb without remote control: you press the button for 30 min, dance the Rumba and the picture is supposed to look like something???

However, this remote control sounds nice

BTW, how are long exposure looking like on the D70? I love to do night pics with my ol' FG and fuji superia 800 iso and considering to buy the D70, I'm wonderring if I won't loose something en route ?
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Old Dec 1, 2004, 6:42 AM   #17
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You can see the first of a growing collection of long exposure shots at the following address: http://mark.ac/photo/album/nightintoday/. I made these with a D70 purchased recently: they are all thirty second exposures, but I've bought a remote and will be trying out some longer exposures soon. The only major problem I've come across is discolouration in one corner of the image when shooting long exposures at 1600 ASA, but they're fine otherwise. If you're shooting on 800 ASA Fuji film, then you probably won't see much of a difference, except in severely bleached out areas (for example, where there is an area of bright illumination in an otherwise dark setting).
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Old Dec 9, 2004, 2:00 AM   #18
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Impressive pictures, mhowells; exif would be useful; presume camera is D70!! what lens, aperture, iso?

Any post-processing, esp. noise reduction?

Thanx
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