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Setting the INTERVAL TIMER on a D800.....

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JP Scherrer
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Setting the INTERVAL TIMER on a D800.....
Mar 25, 2014

I needed to use my D800 Interval Timer function, but it seems that there's a problem !

As the procedure looks rather complicated, I checked the D800 Manual and, better IMO, the Thom Hogan D800 Guide !

I followed the procedure as described: I went to SHOOTING MENU > INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING.

I first moved the Direction Pad (from now on called DP) to NOW, then used the UP/DOWN DP to go to the Interval time, set the time between shots. As I wanted to use 30" sec. shots, I set the interval to 32" sec., to leave enough time for the camera to compute the image.
Then I used the RIGHT side of the DP to go to the next entry screen. There I set 999 - 1 and got = 0999, to ensure a maximum of shots ! Finally, I pressed again the RIGHT side of the DP to continue...

The system got back to the START screen, where I pressed the UP/DOWN DP to chose ON ! ...but nothing happened: I just can't get the selection to move from OFF to ON !
I tried to vary the figures in the different choices, but in the end, the results were allways the same: I just can't get the damn selection to move up !

Here's some images of the different steps:

The following images have been shot with a Nikon V1 + Nikkor VR 10-100 f/4.5-5.6 (non-PD)

Have I been doing something wrong or is my D800 faulty ?

Please help.......

Thanks in advance !

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In reply to JP Scherrer, Mar 25, 2014

Release mode is in something other than single-shot.

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In reply to mathi_vadhanan, Mar 25, 2014

mathi_vadhanan wrote:

Release mode is in something other than single-shot.

No, it isn't !

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Re: @ mathi_vadhanan !
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Enough space for 999 pics in the card(s)?

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My Df does the same if no memory card is installed. Your D800 has 2 slots so it may behave differently.

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JP Scherrer wrote:

Have I been doing something wrong or is my D800 faulty ?

Very clever of you not to show the release mode dial!

My bets are on, that you're in self-timer mode?

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Enough space for 999 pics in the card(s)?

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Yes, as I have 1 32 Go SD card PLUS 1 32 Go CF card in the D800 ! That should do, isn't it ?

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My Df does the same if no memory card is installed. Your D800 has 2 slots so it may behave differently.

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Indeed, I have 1 32Go. SD card + 1 32 Go.CF card in the D800 !

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Janoch wrote:

JP Scherrer wrote:

Have I been doing something wrong or is my D800 faulty ?

Very clever of you not to show the release mode dial!

My bets are on, that you're in self-timer mode?

Very clever of you to have noticed that I purposely hidden the release mode dial ! ...but I thought that it wasn't important !

...anyhow I can swear that the damn thing was set -of course- to Single Shot !

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In reply to JP Scherrer, Mar 25, 2014

Did you change the video setting that turns the shutter release button into a video record button when pressed? If so, Interval shooting doesn't work. I found this out this past fall.

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Thanks to mathi_vadhanan and tomnorth ! Problem solved !!!
In reply to JP Scherrer, Mar 25, 2014

Indeed it was one setting NORMALLY DEDICATED TO VIDEO, the G4, which was wrongly set and prevented moving the choice to ON !

WintrHawk wrote in https://www.flickr.com/groups/nikondigitallearningcenter/discuss/72157631681859954/ :

Are you also trying to do time-lapse? Also, what is your setting for CSM g4? See page 203 of the D800 User's Manual [EN].

Interval timer photography can not be combined with long time-exposures (bulb photography, pg 124) or time-lapse photography (pg 207) and is not available when Record movies is selected for Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button, pg 324).

I haven't noticed NOWHERE in the Nikon or Thom Hogan that one should set the damn G4 setting to "TAKE PHOTOS" !!! I don't even remember having changed this setting since I bought my D800, as I DO NOT SHOOT VIDEO !

Now, I set it correctly and..... miracle: it works ! The stupid ON thing is now avaliable !!!

...someone SHOULd write to Nikon AND to Thom Hogan and let them know about this unforgettable ommission !

...now I'm happy !!!

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Re: Thanks to mathi_vadhanan and tomnorth ! Problem solved !!!
In reply to JP Scherrer, Mar 25, 2014

JP Scherrer wrote:

Janoch wrote:

JP Scherrer wrote:

Have I been doing something wrong or is my D800 faulty ?

Very clever of you not to show the release mode dial!

My bets are on, that you're in self-timer mode?

Very clever of you to have noticed that I purposely hidden the release mode dial ! ...but I thought that it wasn't important !

...anyhow I can swear that the damn thing was set -of course- to Single Shot !

Okay, I owe you a beer then!

I checked later, and if you had indeed your dial set at any other setting, it would have shown in the the shots above. So my bad for not checking properly!

JP Scherrer wrote:

Indeed it was one setting NORMALLY DEDICATED TO VIDEO, the G4, which was wrongly set and prevented moving the choice to ON !

WintrHawk wrote in https://www.flickr.com/groups/nikondigitallearningcenter/discuss/72157631681859954/ :

Are you also trying to do time-lapse? Also, what is your setting for CSM g4? See page 203 of the D800 User's Manual [EN].

Interval timer photography can not be combined with long time-exposures (bulb photography, pg 124) or time-lapse photography (pg 207) and is not available when Record movies is selected for Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button, pg 324).

I haven't noticed NOWHERE in the Nikon or Thom Hogan that one should set the damn G4 setting to "TAKE PHOTOS" !!! I don't even remember having changed this setting since I bought my D800, as I DO NOT SHOOT VIDEO !

Now, I set it correctly and..... miracle: it works ! The stupid ON thing is now avaliable !!!

...someone SHOULd write to Nikon AND to Thom Hogan and let them know about this unforgettable ommission !

...now I'm happy !!!

Page 203 clearly states "Interval timer... is not available, when record movies is selected for CS g4"...

Someone has to stand up for poor, innocent Nikon!

Happy shooting!

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In reply to JP Scherrer, Mar 26, 2014

If your exposures are 30 sec. long and you have Long Exposure Noise Reduction turned on, your interval must be greater than 60 sec. It needs 30 sec. for the image exposure and 30 sec. for the dark frame exposure. Add a few sec. for other functions.

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They know about this firmware bug - and did not fix it.

BTW - with the G4 option changed to "Video" you can also NOT clean your sensor.

Since they have reintroduced the AF focus trap to D4 firmware, hopefully Nikon can do the same for the D800 and also fix this problem.

The G4 option should only make a difference if the LV mode was set to Video.

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Janoch wrote:

Page 203 clearly states "Interval timer... is not available, when record movies is selected for CS g4"...

Someone has to stand up for poor, innocent Nikon!

Happy shooting!

Oooops ! My bad ! Didn't notice that !

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luchs wrote:

They know about this firmware bug - and did not fix it.

BTW - with the G4 option changed to "Video" you can also NOT clean your sensor.

Since they have reintroduced the AF focus trap to D4 firmware, hopefully Nikon can do the same for the D800 and also fix this problem.

The G4 option should only make a difference if the LV mode was set to Video.

Let's hope Nikon includes these changes in a future update !

...but I highly doubt it, though !

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Robin Casady wrote:

If your exposures are 30 sec. long and you have Long Exposure Noise Reduction turned on, your interval must be greater than 60 sec. It needs 30 sec. for the image exposure and 30 sec. for the dark frame exposure. Add a few sec. for other functions.

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Yep, Robin ! I knew that one ! Anyway, I never use those funky in-camera settings ! I'm from the old school and I like to control everything myself !

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Not an answer for what you ask for, but what you trying to do, is easier to do with a lockable cable release. Just set shutter speed and the camera on Continuous and lock the release, and a new exposure will start when the camera is ready after the previuos. And it will continue until the cards are full, battery is empty or you switch off the release.

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afoton wrote:

Not an answer for what you ask for, but what you trying to do, is easier to do with a lockable cable release. Just set shutter speed and the camera on Continuous and lock the release, and a new exposure will start when the camera is ready after the previuos. And it will continue until the cards are full, battery is empty or you switch off the release.

Hi !

Thanks for this other method ! Can you please explain the steps for "set shutter speed and the camera on Continuous and lock the release" ?

Setting shutter speed is OK, but how do I set the camera to "continuous" ? ...AND "lock the release" ?

TIA,

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JP Scherrer wrote:

Setting shutter speed is OK, but how do I set the camera to "continuous" ? ...AND "lock the release" ?

Continuous as in C, and not S (singel). With 30s exposure time, you of course don't get 3 frames/second, but the next exposure start when the previous is finished.

Lock the release as in hold the trigger button down. But a lockable remote trigger has a locking function so you don't have to hold the trigger button down. The same locking function you would use if you use B (bulb) for long exposure.

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