+30 sec exposure.

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  1. Ccauceg

    Ccauceg TPF Noob!

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    So how do i maintain an exposure longer than 30 sec without a handheld meter? I have heard of some equations and such to help you nail it since the in camera light meter is completely useless at these times. Any help would be great.

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    Use a Nikon FE, it will meter anything, I swear, I've done it before, it's really amazing.

    If it's digital, use a cable release or remote, eye-ball it, and chimp.
     
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    Man I love the FE for exactly that reason. Sure it's way out compared at long exposures because of films reciprocity failure, but why do modern cameras not allow +30 automatic exposures.

    When I do long exposures I make a guess. Thanks to digital I know don't ever think when I take photos since it no longer is expensive to make a mistake.
     
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    I've had the same question for a number of years now. I used to think it was so they would have something to upgrade to for stimulating sales but it hasn't happened so I guess that's wrong. <shrug> Or they want us to wait a REEELLY long time? :p
     
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    It might actually be too much work to incorporate that in...

    You would have to have exposure settings all the way out to what (?) 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes??? Then the Bulb setting would be all the way at the end of that.

    It sure would be a pain in the ass if you had to go all the way to bulb.

    There's no way the camera could meter for you in Bulb, because it doesn't know how long the exposure is going to be.
     
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    My OM-4 could meter out to 4 min. (240 seconds) - but only in Auto or Aperture Priority modes. The max manual setting was 8 seconds.

    The OM-4 multi point spot metering was cool! ;)
     
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    But Garbz brings up a point. A camera or even an old hand held Weston Master is going to give long exposures BASED ON RECIPROCITY. It cannot take reciprocity failure into account based on the fact that not all films are created equal. Some films calling for a 10 second exposure might require only 20, others about 50 seconds. Depends. I want to ask what film are you using?
     
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    Stopwatch...and experience or the reciprocity chart fro your film. You're pretty much into B territory here, it goes without saying, tripod, cable release, etc.

    erie
     
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    Isn't the OP using a digital camera? Or were you asking me about the OM cameras? In my case I shot Kodachrome 25 ASA almost exclusively. My idea of a fast film was Kodachrome 64. ;) I could get Kodachrome 10 for my 4x5. Man, those were the good old days! :D
     
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    And for canonnites ther is the Canon EF, It too will meter at 30 seconds and has automadic timed 30 sec exposures and easy multiple exposures so one can stack timed exposures for those who are not confident in their bulb shooting. :mrgreen:
     
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    Sorry, was asking the original poster. Out of curiosity.
     

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