Cheapest camera with a bulb setting

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mikenmotion
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Cheapest camera with a bulb setting
Mar 24, 2005

Hi everyone,

I am looking for some help. Can anyone point me to the cheapest digital camera with a bulb setting. I am doing some long exposure images with moving lights and my learning curve would be much faster if I was able to use a digital camera. However I am not finding anything with a bulb setting under the $900.00 price point.

Is there any way to fool a cheaper camera into keeping the bulb setting open?

Thanks for your help.

Mike

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In reply to mikenmotion, Mar 24, 2005

mikenmotion wrote:

Hi everyone,

I am looking for some help. Can anyone point me to the cheapest
digital camera with a bulb setting. I am doing some long exposure
images with moving lights and my learning curve would be much
faster if I was able to use a digital camera. However I am not
finding anything with a bulb setting under the $900.00 price point.

Is there any way to fool a cheaper camera into keeping the bulb
setting open?

Not really. The reason that the small cameras don't have bulb settings (or even exposures longer than 4 or 5 seconds) is that the small sensors are too noisy for such long exposures. Over the long exposure, the noise builds up and overwhelms the picture.

The DSLRs have sensors with 4-8x more area than the P&S cameras, so you get much more ability to shoot long exposures.

Try to find a used Canon D60 or 10D, or a Fuji S2. Those are the best bang for the buck for long exposures (although I personally use a Nikon...)

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Joseph S. Wisniewski wrote:

mikenmotion wrote:

Hi everyone,

I am looking for some help. Can anyone point me to the cheapest
digital camera with a bulb setting. I am doing some long exposure
images with moving lights and my learning curve would be much
faster if I was able to use a digital camera. However I am not
finding anything with a bulb setting under the $900.00 price point.

Is there any way to fool a cheaper camera into keeping the bulb
setting open?

Not really. The reason that the small cameras don't have bulb
settings (or even exposures longer than 4 or 5 seconds) is that the
small sensors are too noisy for such long exposures. Over the long
exposure, the noise builds up and overwhelms the picture.

How long an exposure do you need?

There are a few that might do for you. Canon G6 and A95 (both quite aqcceptable P&S cameras) have shutter speeds down to 15 seconds. About $550 if you shop carefully. Some Canon models down below $400 have bulb.

Nikon CP8400 has bulb, about $650.

But again, I wouldn't put theses cameras up against a DSLR, even at 10 seconds.

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Used E-10s are getting pretty cheap.

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Is there any way to fool a cheaper camera into keeping the bulb
setting open?

Not really. The reason that the small cameras don't have bulb
settings (or even exposures longer than 4 or 5 seconds) is that the
small sensors are too noisy for such long exposures. Over the long
exposure, the noise builds up and overwhelms the picture.

Not necessarily. The Coolpix 5000 has a noise reduction scheme that can be used while in bulb mode that is essentially an in-camera dark frame subtraction. The bulb mode can be held for as long as 5 minutes.

You can pick up a CP5000 refurb from Nikon USA for $400.

I've never used the Bulb or long exposure noise reduction, but I understand that they work pretty well. So you might want to check with people who have before spending money.

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