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Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"

SupraDad

MERRIMACK, US
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SupraDad Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2012
Tue 31-Jul-12 04:47 PM

When I set the shutter release mode to "single" - it stays in single. When I set the release mode to "continuous" - it stay in continuous. However, when I set the release mode to "2 second delay", it will indeed delay the first shot by 2 seconds, but then it reverts to the previous mode ("single" if that was the previous mode, or "continuous" if that as the previous mode).

When taking multiple exposures from (e.g.) a tripod, this is rather bothersome (to say the least - a number of times I've had to delete a shot, set up for "delayed release" and re-shoot).

Is this a "bug" in the system, or is there some other deep-in-the-bowels setting to have the shutter release mode stay at the 2-second delay?

Thanks in advance for any advice here...

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jimmills

Fort Walton Beach, FL, US
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#1. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 0

jimmills Registered since 01st Dec 2010
Tue 31-Jul-12 05:11 PM

That is the one thing I don't like about my D5100. It does the same thing if set to use either the remote or the timer, no matter what delay the timer is set too. I find this most annoying. If I set it to "timer, 2 second delay or remote", it should stay there until I set it to something else. Apparently, this is the way Nikon built the beasts though. I guess you are just going to have to get a D7000 like I did in order to avoid this problem.

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SupraDad

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#2. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 1

SupraDad Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2012
Tue 31-Jul-12 06:07 PM

Ah, thanks Jim - I was hoping that in one of my "check out all the various sub-menu" attempts I had clicked something that did that. It's pretty darn stupid (if you ask me). I changed the "fn" button so that it allows me to change the release mode (so at least now I can just hold the fn button and rotate the dial (once) to get what I need, but I still forget on occasion - like yesterday when I tried to take thirty (30!) shots on my tripod and had to do it each time, forgetting a couple of times to change the delay...I was going through different aperture and focal lengths and would change those, and some times forget to change the delay...) (sigh) Yeah, the D7000 is on the wish list truck, just waiting for the funds to arrive...

And yes, now that you mention it, I do recall it doing it on the remote release as well... (sigh)

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jimmills

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#3. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 2

jimmills Registered since 01st Dec 2010
Tue 31-Jul-12 10:11 PM

I forgot to mention that, until a couple of weeks ago, I had a D5000 and it did exactly the same thing. I don't have the D5000 anymore because my daughter showed an interest in photography and, soft hearted sucker that I am where she is concerned, I gave her the D5000.

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blw

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#4. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 01-Aug-12 07:41 AM

I get the impression that you're doing this as a substitute for mirror lockup? If so, try the self-timer and set it to 2 seconds.

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SupraDad

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#5. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 4

SupraDad Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2012
Wed 01-Aug-12 11:48 AM

Isn't mirror lockup used for cleaning purposes? What I'm trying to do is try to minimize as much shake as possible by having the mirror come up about 2 seconds before the "shutter" activates...

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blw

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#6. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 5

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 01-Aug-12 09:20 PM

Traditionally mirror lockup has been used for this purpose, but you're right, in many of the lower-spec models, mirror lockup is ONLY for cleaning.

The reason that the 2 second delay doesn't stick is that... for years, it stuck, and people would set it and then forget. Then there would be a complaint here or at Nikon about a broken camera... it happens all the time. So clearly they made it non-sticky in the near recent past.

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SupraDad

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#7. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 6

SupraDad Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2012
Fri 03-Aug-12 06:44 PM

For what it's worth: On page 163 of the user manual I found that I could set the "Fn" button to "Self-timer" - which activates the mode I want when on a tripod. Unfortunately, it still resets the release mode after taking a shot. (It's better than either scrolling on the screen or assigning the "Fn" button to use the selector to select "self-timer". But it's not very useful except for times when you are on a tripod. I had it set to ISO before - which was much more useful...)

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timopa1

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#8. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 5

timopa1 Registered since 04th Aug 2012
Sat 04-Aug-12 03:18 PM | edited Sun 05-Aug-12 01:08 PM by timopa1

Have you tried the exposure delay...Menu, Custom Setting Menu, d.Shooting/Display, d4. Exposure delay mode... "Choose "On" to delay shutter release until about one second after the mirror is raised. This reduces the effects of vibration caused by raising the mirror."

Also, I think the 2 second delay release will not add any time between the mirror being up and the start of shutter travel, it only adds time to the start of the process after the shutter button is pressed.

SupraDad

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#9. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 8

SupraDad Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2012
Mon 06-Aug-12 02:19 PM

Thanks for the reply - yes, I was aware of d4 - and use that in conjunction with the 2-second delay. Is the latter (d4) sufficient in and by itself? Perhaps I'll do some experimenting...

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timopa1

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#10. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 9

timopa1 Registered since 04th Aug 2012
Mon 06-Aug-12 10:30 PM

Short answer is yes...Is there a specific issue with the image(s) you are trying to capture?

SupraDad

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#11. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 10

SupraDad Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2012
Tue 07-Aug-12 02:51 PM

Short answer: No, just paranoid... probably don't need to be apparently..m Thanks

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TBF

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#12. "RE: Nikon D5000: 2 second delay release mode won't "stick"" | In response to Reply # 0

TBF Registered since 24th Apr 2012
Mon 13-Aug-12 03:52 PM

If you use a remote release, Item C3 in the menu should solve your problem. You can choose from several time intervals before the release reverts to zero. I have been using this lately trying to photograph meteor trails. No apparent problems with star fields, but when I shot half a dozen eight second exposures of the Space Station crossing the field of view I saw a definite hook at the beginning of each trail on each exposure. That hook I can only surmise is from camera movement caused by the mirror? movement, yet I would have supposed the camera to have settled during the two second delay. Also, I was using the Live View so the mirror should have been up already? I was using a manual focus lens with the Manual setting and a reasonably stable tripod. Tom Forker Washington State.

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