I am looking into purchasing either an N80 or a D70 as my first REAL camera. I work at a camera store, so I have had the opportunity to play with the N80 and the F100 so far.
I am new to photography in general, but I would like to get more into photography. One thing I would like to do is late night timed exposures. I know that on the N80 I can put the camera on bulb, and use a shutter release cable with a lock to expose the film as long as I want. My coworker has done this with very good results, and I would like to give it a try.
My concern with the D70 is how I would achieve such a long exposure. I do not fully understand why type of remote release the D70 uses, but I thought I saw something about a remote. If this is the case would I have to sit there and hold down a button on the remote for as long as I want to expose the picture?
Right now I am just gathering information, in the end money will probably make my final decision.
#1. "RE: Timed Exposures?" In response to Reply # 0
Los Angeles, US
The D70 uses the same wireless remote as the N75: the ML-L3. According to the manual for the D70 you can set the remote up so that the first press opens the shutter and the second press closes the shutter. The manual says that the maximum is 30 mins.
#2. "RE: Timed Exposures?" In response to Reply # 1
surely you could do this with the regular shutter too. you'd obviously have to cover the lens while you were touching the camera - but since its a long exposure this wouldnt affect the overall exposire.
My old samsung bulb feature (with no cable release) had it such that I had to hold the button down. this was terrible, but also 8 years ago - so i'm sure theyve got it figured now.
#3. "RE: Timed Exposures?" In response to Reply # 0
Gilbert is right with this one. I have just purchased the ML-L3 Remote unit for my Nikon D70 and it works just like that, D70 in bulb mode - press once for shutter release (stays open) - press again for shutter close. Also the ML-L3 only cost just under 30.00 Australian, Its a very inexpensive must have for the D70 kit.