instinctive humor [deleted] 5:36am, 13 March 2007
One flaw in the D200 is the inability to measure & make exposure of more than 30seconds. The MC-36 is one (expensive) workaround. And you still need an additional light meter.
So to me the ultimate accessory for the D200 I'm really missing for long exposure night shots is a convienient way to measure the light and set the "B" exposure time on the D200.

Has anyone seen a combined MC-36 plus light meter ?
Shouldn't be too complicated to program -- for me, the mechanical side would be the challenging part.

Or what combo do you use to make long exposures ?
I've seen light meters but most can only measure ~0EV. Few go down to -2EV. Any recommendations for "low-/no-light/starlight" meters ?

This is at the edge of of what the can D200 do without the MC-36
Blue & Blue
Extra Medium PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Extra Medium (member) 12 years ago
I shoot ISO 100, bought a cable release on ebay for $12 delivered and just guess. I usually get some pretty good results. OH, and I always shoot in raw.

They're Coming For Me

131 seconds. (manually holding down the shutter)

You can always adjust for exposure, temp, etc afterwards if you shoot RAW. And get a good tripod. But that cable release and just experience will get you the best results. You should see what BURNBLUE can do with his D70.
Ben McLeod PRO 12 years ago
I use the MC-36, experimentation and, well, experience (I've been getting much better at knowing what exposure I need for the given light conditions).

Beer is good too.
silent7seven PRO 12 years ago
Hurray beer!

I bet there is a way to stick a resistor in the socket for a cable release. That's a 2 cent cable release right there.***

*** Don't try this, ever.
noiseless mist [deleted] 12 years ago
I use an MC-30 and my wrist watch for long night shot exposures shot in RAW. (Sorry, I don't have any of these posted) I bought it a few years ago to use on my F90x for macro work. I also bracket after reviewing the image and adjust in photoshop later.
okto 12 years ago
Don't even need a resistor, just have to make contact. I've used needle-tip scissors as a release before. :P
silent7seven PRO 12 years ago
That made my stomach churn and my butt cheeks clench.
Toby Keller / Burnblue PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Toby Keller / Burnblue (member) 12 years ago
Who needs a light meter? If the proper exposure is 5 minutes, you'd have to be off by 2.5 minutes to be underexposed 1 stop, or by 5 minutes to overexpose 1 stop! That's a pretty good buffer. One test shot will tell you all you need to know about the proper exposure time.

Once you've shot a while you can predict exposures very accurately based on the phase of the moon and the amount of cloud cover. I usually get it within a 1/2 stop on my first guess after a year and a half of full moons ; )
calculating icicle [deleted] 12 years ago
You can measure at 1600 or 800 and then do the math... cheap and makes your brain do some workout
rizzolo PRO 12 years ago
Check out the discussion, "How to get long exposure with D70s?" in the Nikon D70/s Users group.
nschaden 12 years ago
I use the MC-30. I know for 30 second and less exposure you can get the whole argument of "just use the two second timer" but mirror up plus remote I've found now is the only way to go. Really makes working night shots a lot more efficient.
digital kid2007 9 years ago
You've got to get a higher iso level involved. Good exposure will reduce noise too
Jehu10842 9 years ago
Or you could stack exposures. This is a series of about 100 thirty second exposures at ISO 400 from a D200:
Moonstar (Explored) by Jehu10842
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