I am into shooting time lapse (interval timer mode) and when I set it up in daylight hours there is no problem, it will take the amount of shots I tell it to. My night time lapses are not working out. Night time lapses stop shooting after 40-50 shots although I have it set to take 120. I have high iso NR turned off, long exposure NR off, and have tried different intervals between shots, 5s to 30s. Can someone please set me straight?!
The internal intervalometer on later Nikon bodies is somewhat misleading. Although you have set the the number of shots to 120, this number is NOT the number of shots! It is the total accumulation of shots + exposure time + interval. In other words If you choose a 29 sec exposure and a 1 second interval and the "number of shots" to 120, you will get 4 shots in the sequence. I have proven this out on a D700 and a D800 on my own camera bodies. While shooting time lapse sequence with other Nikon users this was proved out on a D300 and a D7100.
The Nikon MC-36 works fine when you set the intervalometer to a fixed number of shots or to "infinity". This device is rather pricey so I would recommend search for a third party intervalometer. There are several on the market.
Not sure what ISO you're using, but high ISO nr is applied (you can't turn it off) at ISO 2500 and above.
If the other post doesn't help you, my guess is that your setting for the intervalometer are causing an overlap that's causing your buffer to fill and end the sequence. Iirc, the in camera one can be a bit tricky
The most common cause of this problem is that the shutter speed is longer than the interval time. If the camera is busy when the next interval is due to start, that new interval will be skipped.
LENR off is good as that doubles your shutter time. Also check your "exposure delay" setting.
Looking at the process on page 164-5 of the manual, calculate the time needed for each frame, multiply that by the number of frames per interval in step #4, add a little extra time just in case, put this summed value into step #3.
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>The most common cause of this problem is that the shutter >speed is longer than the interval time. If the camera is busy >when the next interval is due to start, that new interval will >be skipped.
Keep in mind, too, that the "30 s" ahutter speed is actually 32 seconds, and the "15 s" shutter speed is actually 16 seconds. So if using a "30 s" shutter speed and one shot per interval, you actually need to set the interval to 33 s in order to keep from skipping a shot.