D200 Mirror up delay time

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by woolly|1, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    does anybody know if it is possible to reduce the mirror up delay from 30 secs
    down to say, a more reasonable 5 secs?

  2. Clive I am puzzled about what exactly you are asking. There is a Mup function that is selected by the thumbwheel on the left top where you select this or single / continuous shooting. In this Mup mode the mirror flips up pushing the shutter release once and then the shutter releases on the second push.
  3. Yes, sure, Clive. If you use the remote cord MC 30 or similar home made, what is ideal for mirror up and tripod conditions, you have total control. First push, mirror goes up, second push (the time you wish) the camera shoots. Hope to help you. Regards.
  4. If you push the shutter release only once while MUP is engaged, the shutter will fire after a 30 sec delay. But using a cable release you can push to release the shutter before those 30 secs have passed.
  5. As soon as you hit mirror up, hit the shutter release again. As quick as you can hit it. If you're using mirror up, ideally you'd be using the cable release, as Bjorn said.
  6. I guess I was never patient enough to wait for 30 seconds ^^.
  7. Thanks guys that's an answer - I was hoping there was a way of doing this in the menus ... but as they say there's more than one way of skinning a cat.

    Well we do in the UK anyway.

    So it's the cable release then, aaaand another piece of kit to drag around. Although it doesn't come anywhere near the pile of stuff in the back of your car Bjorn!!

  8. .... my photo of the boat in the mist drifted out of frame several times before I managed to get it.

    30 seconds is a long time in photography. :D
  9. Clive,

    The mirror lag time for the D200 as published at http://www.lightningtrigger.com is 50ms. Lightning trigger may get this information from the manufacturer. I suggest that you use Aperture Preferred or Manual exposure modes and if using i-TTL flash try using the FV Lock function. You might also try using auto flash with a speedlight like the SB-800 and if using multiple flash try using slaves with an SU-4 or in their SU-4 mode. Note that the SB-600 offers neither Auto Flash nor an SU-4 mode.

    Why a Mirror Up Shooting Mode rather than Mirror lockup? To have TTL flash with a Nikon i-TTL DSLR the reflex mirror must be down so the sub-mirror can redirect the preflash to the Five-Segment TTL Multi Sensor in the base of the mirror box. With current Nikon DSLR(s) flash exposure is determined before the mirror goes up and the shutter opens in a similar fashion to ambient light exposure. Balanced flash uses both metering arrays, the five-Segment TTL multi-sensor and the 1,005 pixel color CCD sensor.

    Hope this helps,

    Dave Hartman.

    PS: when automation gets to the point that it hiders rather than helps take control by swiching to manual operation.
  10. If you have an SB-800 check out the [GN] or Distance Priority mode. You might find it helpful. See your Nikon SB-800 manual or download a copy free from Nikon.

  11. The point of the Mirror Up Mode is you raise the mirror, let
    the vibrations dissipate then, then take the photograph. This
    feature is for high magnification photography such as Astral,
    Macro and Super Telephoto photography. The mirror dampening
    should be great in a D200 so you would not benefit much from
    using it for general photography.<br>
    If you want to photograph a precise moment you raise the mirror
    then view the subject directly, not through the camera. The
    second press of the release should result in an exposure in less
    than 50ms with the D200. I use a Nikon MC-12A electronic release
    with an MC-25, 2-Pin to 10-Pin adapter on my Nikon D2H. This
    allows very precise exposure timing when needed. <br>
    Most of the advice in my first post does not apply to Mirror Up
    Mode but please consider it as it may be useful to you when not
    using MUP mode. I'm not sure what I was thinking about but I
    responded to quickly.<br>
    Dave Hartman.
  12. I must admit I was at a loss with the first post of yours and struggling with seeing the relevance and how to respond. lol
    If I was thinking of using my SB800 I wouldn't need to use Mup to reduce vibtation I think. I am stuck with a weak tripod on location at the moment and wanted to keep the kit as still as possible when I use the 80-200afd. The cable release will work.

    The remote release is now on order and will do the job. Thanks to all.

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