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?
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.
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)
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.
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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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...)
Sat 04-Aug-12 04:18 PM | edited Sun 05-Aug-12 02:08 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.
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.