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Exposure/Shutter speed times doe Nikon D40
Hi,.

I am not infront of my camera at the moment but I was reading a photgraphy magazine today that talked about night time portraits using a shutter speed and stays open for 30 mins - a few hours......

This sounds great! but does the Nikon D40 have this ability?.

Would be great to know..

Comments (8)

To get an exposure over 30 sec you need to use the Bulb facility - you time the exposure yourself. However, I imagine that the noise will be extremely high on a 30 min exposure.Chris R..

Comment #1

AHHHH I see that was something I was wondering...what exactly is the bulb setting? can't find it in the manual..

Thanks for your time...and forgive me for the silly questions...

Comment #2

When it is on Bulb you click of the shutter release to open the shutter and then click it again to close it, so you need to time the exposure manually.Chris R..

Comment #3

Bulb setting is probably only accessible in Manual mode and maybe Shutter priority, I'm guessing you just turn the dial for the shutter to the longest setting and it should indicate "B". Its best to use a remote release for those long exposures..

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Comment #4

Chris R-UK wrote:.

When it is on Bulb you click of the shutter release to open theshutter and then click it again to close it, so you need to time theexposure manually..

If only it was that simple. In bulb mode normally you have to press the button to open the shutter, keep your finger holding the button during the entire exposure, and then release the button when you are ready to let the shutter close again. This is not normally convenient or practical..

Older cameras allowed a simple and cheap mechanical cable release to be used, which both reduced camera shake and allowed the shutter to be locked in the open position..

Most modern cameras use either a wired remote release or an infra-red remote to avoid camera shake.Regards,Peter..

Comment #5

You are correct - getting mixed up with MLU..

The cable release for my Canon has a lock on it which would avoid having to hold the shutter button down the whole time. I assume Nikon cable release are similar.Chris R..

Comment #6

Chris R-UK wrote:.

You are correct - getting mixed up with MLU..

The cable release for my Canon has a lock on it which would avoidhaving to hold the shutter button down the whole time. I assumeNikon cable release are similar..

I think you are probably right about the Nikon cable release..

It just bugs me a little bit that I have at least three old cable releases (which used to be a universal fitting), while nowadays it is often necessary to buy an expensive accessory from the camera company, every time I get a different camera..

From what I've read, it's easy enough using a soldering iron and a few parts to make a release that will work with my Pentax DSLR.Regards,Peter..

Comment #7

P.44 of the D40x manual:.

Choose Manual control then set "Bulb". You will have to hold down the shutter release. With the infra-red remote control ML-L3 (costs buttons) set and in use the cam will display "" not "bulb" and the shutter is opened with one press of the remote and closed with another..

The D50 and D80 also work the same way but the D80 has the option also of a wired remote..

The ML-L3 is excellent value and should be in everyones's kit! To date I have only used it to include myself in the photo but I have project in mind!.

Chris Elliott.

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