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Long Exposures - Do I need a remote?


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ZDude Registered since 28th Feb 2007
Sat 04-Mar-06 12:06 AM

Hi all,

New guy here! Real quick background - I have been shooting film for 25+ years and finally decided to get some of that modern new fangled stuff to try out. So... After quite a bit of research I decided to "find" a D200 and a hook it to a 60mm f/2.8 macro (18-200mm on order) to get me started. I already have Photoshop, so my darkroom is setup as well! RAW is good! In the week I've had it, all I can say is S W E E T!! This baby rocks! And no film to develop, chemicals to mix, etc... But I must say, there is alot to learn. I mean I have noticed that there seems to be a few more options than my Canon A1 if you know what I mean!! I am sure once I get dialed in, it will be just fine though.

Well, ok not to quick on the background thing but... my very first question here is, do I NEED a remote like a MC-30 or MC-36 to shoot >30 sec exposures? I'm talking using Bulb setting and not having to keep my finger on the shutter button for as long as needed. I would *think* that this would be possible. I have read the manual sections on Self-Timer Mode and Interval Timer Photography, but unless I'm missing something (and I hope I am) it just isn't possible with the camera alone. Please enlighten me if it is! It's not that I can't get a remote if needed, it's just that I would think this functionality should be to a digital SLR as a calculator is to a pc! Am I insane for thinking so? Wait, don't answer that.

A picture is worth a thousand words! I took a photograph and couldn't think of that many. I guess I'll keep trying!