I have been informed by a person who shoots night shots. To use mirror lockup. Camera on a tripod using the remote control. Any thoughts on this? and how do I get the mirror lockup on my D50. Can't find it in the book although I must admit to poor eyesight until I get my right eye fixed, thanks, Des
That's correct - there is no MLU on the D50. However, MLU is most effective at shutter speeds around 1/30 to 2 seconds (especially with macro).
With longer exposures it doens't matter that much, because the camera collects light over time. Only during the first and last 1/30 second or so blur is created by mirror slap. But the amount of light is probably not enough to create a visible blur.
Use the "bulb" feature. Set dial to manual "M", turn thunbwheel left till to get to bulb on the top display. Then set the camera to use the remote control. When you press the remote the shutter will open and will not close until you press the remote again. Tripod is a must. I dont know if there is a cut off time when you use the bulb feature but I have had the shutter open for 10 minutes before I closed it. You'll have to experiment with aperture settings till you find what you need. Check out the gallery at these night photography websites. http://www.nightphotographer.com/gallery_frameset.htm http://www.thenocturnes.com/
A small inverter from Radio Shack combined with the EH-5 might be the answer - add a small motorcycle battery if you want to wander away from your car...
Or a couple of spare batteries & just use the standard charger with an inverter in your car - you can recharge a dead EN-EL3 in a couple of hours - can't take more than four thirty-minute exposures in that time