DSLR with timelapse

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  1. AFeveredEgo

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    Hello everyone! New here:D

    I've been looking into my first slr camera. I've been eyeing up the Nikon D3000 but I wanted to ask a few questions first. I'm interested in using it for time lapses, even though it doesn't have the capabilities built in. Can I use an intervalometer for this purpose? Are they typically expensive? Do they work well? I'm primarily interested in shooting time lapses of the night sky, and growing plants/fungi. Of course this isn't the only reason I'm picking it up. I'm heading to New Zealand in March and want to be able to capture some of scenery there.

    Are there other entry level slr's that have time lapse capabilities built in, without the need for an intervalometer? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you.
     
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    well you can have the shutter open for as long as you want but the battery may die and wont be able to process the picture. Also you would need to find a way to hold the button down.
     
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    I bought one for the purposes you describe, I bought a cheap and nasty one off eBay for about $35 US and so far it has worked perfectly, cant fault it. Has given me so many more options to explore, time lapse, remote shutter release/hold, preset bulb exposures, random shots at predetermined intervals etc.

    I cant comment however on what will work with what camera though, thats for you to do some homework when you do make a purchase.

    I have a Canon 500D FYI
     
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    IR remote set on "TIME" mode. Shutter stays open until you click the button again. But I dont think this is what the OP was refering to.
     
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    Time-lapse photography, not long exposure.
     
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    Can you afford a D5000? That has the ability built-in and is a better camera all around with a CMOS sensor and the added benefit of video.
     
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    As stated, I would just look at one of the cheapie remotes with that functionality built in.

    You will love New Zealand, if it stops raining that is...
     
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    Oh really it does? How do I access this amazing tool?
     
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    Shooting Menu> Interval Timer Shooting
     
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    I would love to get a D5000 but it is quite a bit past by budget. I was hoping to get a body and lens for about $500 and then a bit more for whatever addon I need. And as someone pointed out wouldn't it be cheaper to get the D3000 and an external remote?

    I could find a remote for under $100 correct?
     
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    Remotes are like $2.99 on ebay lol. I just got mine in last week.
     
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    Oh wow, even better than I thought. How exactly does it work? Does the camera turn off to conserve battery life between stills? Could it do a 4 hour time lapse and have it play back on a computer smoothly? Is it of comparable quality to the built in capabilities of the D5000?
     

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