Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

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Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

Hi Folks,

I couldn't find a list of the maximum bulb time available for the various MFT cameras so I thought I'd start a thread asking to save me trawling through dozens of manuals and/or spec sheets

It'll be good to have this all in one place.

If you happen to know for sure the max time for a particular camera, any chance you can fill it in below? (or add any cameras I've left out if) I'll try and compile a full list later on for easy reference.

TIA

EM1

EM5MkII

EM5

EM10

EM10MkII

GX8

GX7

GH4

GH3

GH2

G7

G6

GM5

GM1

Fri13 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,116
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

If I remember correctly the E-M1 and E-M5(2) had 6 hours max bulb. You will run out of power before that if not swapping battery in grip when it goes empty.

Digital Dick Senior Member • Posts: 1,925
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

The max timer setting for the Live Time / Bulb for the E-M5 and E-M5 MII is 30 minutes. Time lapse can go longer.

Dick

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Alan WF
Alan WF Senior Member • Posts: 1,761
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

GM5 60 seconds (T shutter speed - press to start then press again to end).

Regards,

Alan

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jim stirling
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Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?
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Big Ga wrote:

Hi Folks,

I couldn't find a list of the maximum bulb time available for the various MFT cameras so I thought I'd start a thread asking to save me trawling through dozens of manuals and/or spec sheets

It'll be good to have this all in one place.

If you happen to know for sure the max time for a particular camera, any chance you can fill it in below? (or add any cameras I've left out if) I'll try and compile a full list later on for easy reference.

TIA

EM1

EM5MkII

EM5

EM10

EM10MkII

GX8

GX7

GH4

GH3

GH2

G7

G6

GM5

GM1

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

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Mark Thornton Veteran Member • Posts: 4,153
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

GX1 is about 120 seconds (2 minutes)

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OP Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

jim stirling wrote:

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

Curious. We seem to be seeing a trend where the Sony sensors are a fair bit cleaner at long exposures compared to the Panasonic ones (which I imagine is why the GX7 is limited at a fairly short 2 min!).

But if the GH4 figure is correct, that seems to fly against conventional wisdom?

Or might it be another issue - battery life or something ?

What's the GH4 output like at really long exposures ?

cameron2 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,445
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

Big Ga wrote:

jim stirling wrote:

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

Curious. We seem to be seeing a trend where the Sony sensors are a fair bit cleaner at long exposures compared to the Panasonic ones (which I imagine is why the GX7 is limited at a fairly short 2 min!).

But if the GH4 figure is correct, that seems to fly against conventional wisdom?

Or might it be another issue - battery life or something ?

What's the GH4 output like at really long exposures ?

Doesn't the GH4 use a Sony sensor?

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GV27 Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

Alan WF wrote:

GM5 60 seconds (T shutter speed - press to start then press again to end).

Regards,

Alan

ditto for GM1

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Martin.au
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 13,273
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?
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Big Ga wrote:

Hi Folks,

I couldn't find a list of the maximum bulb time available for the various MFT cameras so I thought I'd start a thread asking to save me trawling through dozens of manuals and/or spec sheets

It'll be good to have this all in one place.

If you happen to know for sure the max time for a particular camera, any chance you can fill it in below? (or add any cameras I've left out if) I'll try and compile a full list later on for easy reference.

TIA

EM1 - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM5MkII - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM5 - 30 mins

EM10 - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM10MkII - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

GX8 - 30 mins

GX7 - 2 mins

GH4 - 60 mins

GH3 - 60 mins

GH2 - 2 mins

G7 - 2 mins

G6 - 2 mins (reported as 4 mins on http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_g6_review/image_quality/)

GM5 - No bulb mode. Max shutter ~ 1 min

GM1 - No bulb mode. Time mode/Max shutter - ~ 1 min

Think that's it.

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Martin.au
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 13,273
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?
1

Big Ga wrote:

jim stirling wrote:

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

Curious. We seem to be seeing a trend where the Sony sensors are a fair bit cleaner at long exposures compared to the Panasonic ones (which I imagine is why the GX7 is limited at a fairly short 2 min!).

But if the GH4 figure is correct, that seems to fly against conventional wisdom?

Or might it be another issue - battery life or something ?

What's the GH4 output like at really long exposures ?

Given the GH4 is a 4K beast, I suspect it's really, really good at dissipating heat from its sensor. That may explain it.

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mrc4nl Regular Member • Posts: 366
Re: gx7 bulb time

its been i a while ive tested it, its about 210 seconds. just a little more than 3 minutes

jim stirling
jim stirling Veteran Member • Posts: 7,356
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

Big Ga wrote:

jim stirling wrote:

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

Curious. We seem to be seeing a trend where the Sony sensors are a fair bit cleaner at long exposures compared to the Panasonic ones (which I imagine is why the GX7 is limited at a fairly short 2 min!).

But if the GH4 figure is correct, that seems to fly against conventional wisdom?

Or might it be another issue - battery life or something ?

What's the GH4 output like at really long exposures ?

I have never taken a shot of anything anywhere near the 30min+ mark given the issues of shadow noise on every mFT camera I have owned .I would not expect very good image quality

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OP Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?
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cameron2 wrote:

Big Ga wrote:

jim stirling wrote:

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

Curious. We seem to be seeing a trend where the Sony sensors are a fair bit cleaner at long exposures compared to the Panasonic ones (which I imagine is why the GX7 is limited at a fairly short 2 min!).

But if the GH4 figure is correct, that seems to fly against conventional wisdom?

Or might it be another issue - battery life or something ?

What's the GH4 output like at really long exposures ?

Doesn't the GH4 use a Sony sensor?

No.

OP Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

Martin.au wrote:

Big Ga wrote:

jim stirling wrote:

The GX8 is up to 30 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GX7 is up to 2 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

The GH4 is up to 60 mins when you press the shutter at bulb

Curious. We seem to be seeing a trend where the Sony sensors are a fair bit cleaner at long exposures compared to the Panasonic ones (which I imagine is why the GX7 is limited at a fairly short 2 min!).

But if the GH4 figure is correct, that seems to fly against conventional wisdom?

Or might it be another issue - battery life or something ?

What's the GH4 output like at really long exposures ?

Given the GH4 is a 4K beast, I suspect it's really, really good at dissipating heat from its sensor. That may explain it.

Why would the sensor generate (excessive) heat when all its doing is collecting photons?

OP Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Re: Maximum bulb time for the various MFT cameras?

Martin.au wrote:

Big Ga wrote:

Hi Folks,

I couldn't find a list of the maximum bulb time available for the various MFT cameras so I thought I'd start a thread asking to save me trawling through dozens of manuals and/or spec sheets

It'll be good to have this all in one place.

If you happen to know for sure the max time for a particular camera, any chance you can fill it in below? (or add any cameras I've left out if) I'll try and compile a full list later on for easy reference.

TIA

EM1 - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM5MkII - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM5 - 30 mins

EM10 - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM10MkII - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

GX8 - 30 mins

GX7 - 2 mins

GH4 - 60 mins

GH3 - 60 mins

GH2 - 2 mins

G7 - 2 mins

G6 - 2 mins (reported as 4 mins on http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_g6_review/image_quality/)

GM5 - No bulb mode. Max shutter ~ 1 min

GM1 - No bulb mode. Time mode/Max shutter - ~ 1 min

Think that's it.

Ok, that's useful info. If correct

I actually suspect most of it is right, but we do have a few anomalies.

1. Fri13 seems to think the Oly cameras have a MUCH longer bulb mode than the 30 min above.

2. I'm still confused about the discrepancy between the GX7 and GH4, despite conventional wisdom saying they use the same/similar sensor.

3. And why so short? Some other manufacturers don't seem to have a limit. Why do ALL the MFT cameras, some of them seemingly ridiculously short? (when compared to 'infinite').

OP Big Ga Forum Pro • Posts: 18,623
Can someone check the EM1 and EM5II times?

I've been checking my various cameras when I've had a chance.

I can only get the EM1 and EM5II bulb times to be a max of 8min. (forget any fancy live this or that for now - just straight bulb mode).

Is there a setting I have wrong that I need to activate to extend the time?

Big Ga wrote:

Martin.au wrote:

Big Ga wrote:

Hi Folks,

I couldn't find a list of the maximum bulb time available for the various MFT cameras so I thought I'd start a thread asking to save me trawling through dozens of manuals and/or spec sheets

It'll be good to have this all in one place.

If you happen to know for sure the max time for a particular camera, any chance you can fill it in below? (or add any cameras I've left out if) I'll try and compile a full list later on for easy reference.

TIA

EM1 - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM5MkII - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM5 - 30 mins

EM10 - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

EM10MkII - 30 mins (3 hours live composite)

GX8 - 30 mins

GX7 - 2 mins

GH4 - 60 mins

GH3 - 60 mins

GH2 - 2 mins

G7 - 2 mins

G6 - 2 mins (reported as 4 mins on http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_g6_review/image_quality/)

GM5 - No bulb mode. Max shutter ~ 1 min

GM1 - No bulb mode. Time mode/Max shutter - ~ 1 min

Think that's it.

Ok, that's useful info. If correct

I actually suspect most of it is right, but we do have a few anomalies.

1. Fri13 seems to think the Oly cameras have a MUCH longer bulb mode than the 30 min above.

2. I'm still confused about the discrepancy between the GX7 and GH4, despite conventional wisdom saying they use the same/similar sensor.

3. And why so short? Some other manufacturers don't seem to have a limit. Why do ALL the MFT cameras, some of them seemingly ridiculously short? (when compared to 'infinite').

Martin.au
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 13,273
Re: Can someone check the EM1 and EM5II times?

How do you have non-live bulb mode on an E-Mx?

Never mind.

cog menu e -> bulb/time timer.

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Pikme Senior Member • Posts: 2,176
Yes

Sorry I don't have either the camera or the manual with me, but I know there is something in the menu where you set the maximum time allowed for bulb exposures.

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Pikme Senior Member • Posts: 2,176
Re: Can someone check the EM1 and EM5II times?

For the EM5, it is in the 'E' menu (Exp/ISO)

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