Bulb mode on Nikon D3100

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My wife has just bought me a nikon d3100 and af-s Dx lens for my birthday. What im asking is using the remote switch I have just ordered what is the maximum safe amount of time to have it exposed in bulb mode. I have read somewhere that having it open for a long length of time on any dslr can cause irepairable damage??

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Long Exposure times depends on a lot of variables but for the most part, you're probably not going to keep it open long enough to do any damage.
 
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Thank you Tailgunner. For your quick reply. She the wife would like me to take some starry skies.

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IIRC, neither the D3000 nor D3100 has Bulb shutter release mode.

But the D3200 does.
 
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Yes mate the D3100 does have bulb mode I was using it last night. Put the camera into manual mode and then turn the dial past the 30secs point and you get Bulb mode. But as far as I can tell it's only available in manual mode. It won't work in shutter priority. Just double checked now. Thanks for your reply just the same.

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IIRC, neither the D3000 nor D3100 has Bulb shutter release mode.

But the D3200 does.

I've used the d3000 on bulb mode with the ml-l3 remote and worked great. One press to raise shutter and one more to lower it.
 
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Something similar I've ordered for mine mate. Wireless one. Cheers Macho

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My D3100 had Bulb mode but I never tried to use a shutter release button, I can only assume they make one for it.

As for Star photography, just taking a sky picture probably runs 3-30sec while star trails run 5-80 minutes...with most people taking dozens of single 5-10 minute photos and stacking them together.
 

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IIRC, neither the D3000 nor D3100 has Bulb shutter release mode.

But the D3200 does.

ah but it does; put it in manual mode and scroll ALLLLLLLLLL the way to bulb.


I'm using the Tongnuo RF-603 Triggers as a shutter release:

DSC_1125-1.jpg



this is a recent example. A half push will focus/meter, and the shutter will stay open only as long as you're holding the button.
 
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Many thanks for your replies so far. Thanks Tailgunner very informative just what I was looking for. Braineack thanks. Nice picture. What ere your settings on taking that picture if you don't mine me asking? Cheers

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Oh and Braineack that trigger is similar to what I've ordered but mine has an lcd screen on the transmitter.

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Braineack thanks. Nice picture. What ere your settings on taking that picture if you don't mine me asking?

Focal Length10mm
Exposure11s
F Numberf/11
ISO100

Oh and Braineack that trigger is similar to what I've ordered but mine has an lcd screen on the transmitter.
I got mine for off camera flash, but it can be still used to trigger the shutter. I'm sure yours will give me more options away from the camera, which would be nice to have.
 
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Thanks for that Braineack. Will play with my settings more I think. Only way I'll learn what they do. Cheers

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IIRC, neither the D3000 nor D3100 has Bulb shutter release mode.

But the D3200 does.
So I don't recall correctly. :blushing:

The D3100 user's manual I downloaded back when, doesn't list Bulb in the Index.
 
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Keep rolling back the shutter speed to the max 30secs and then go back again and it will show you bulb mode...

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