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I just bought a Nikon D5000, not knowing that there is a limit of 999 frames in the interval shooting mode. I have a few questions:

1) WHY???? Why is there a limit? Argh.

2) Unlike what I gather Canons do, you can't set the number of frames to "---" or "000" and get as many shots as it takes to fill the memory card (it only goes to 001). But is there some other workaround?

3) Do Nikon D5000-compatible external intervalometers also have frame limits?

4) Should I have bought a different camera? I'm seriously considering returning this one.

Thanks,

Nick


Fri May 28, 2010 1:58 pm
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Post Re: Interval Limit
All the external intervalometers I have ever seen have a no limit option by setting the number to 00 or --

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Fri May 28, 2010 2:14 pm
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Thanks, Antz. Do you recommend a particular external device? Part three of milapse's (excellent) YouTube video series recommends Nikon's MC-36, but that isn't compatible with the D5000 because the camera does not have a 10-pin outlet.

Nikon, by the way, is not being helpful, I have to say. I emailed the company through its website asking about remote controls, and the reply was simply that Nikon does not recommend third-party devices.


Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:16 pm
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Post Re: Interval Limit
If you go on to eBay you will find one. Just search remote timer and D5000 and you will find one. I have two of the Yongnuo intervalometers for my Nikon D300 and D700 and they work great and I found them via this forum.

Scott


Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:43 pm
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@scottbuckel: Thanks. So you recommend Yongnuo?

And are there any other recommendations?

Thanks,

Nick


Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:52 am
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Post Re: Interval Limit
Well of course Nikon would suggest you dont use a third party device. They want all the cash to go back into their pocket, not a competitors.

The Micnova MQ-TC2 might be worth a look

Here is the compatability list but I think this was written before the d5000 was produced
Nikon: D1 / D1h / D1x / D2H / D2x / D2Xs / D3 / D100 / D200 / D300 / F5 / F6 / F90 / F90x / F100 / D700


Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:08 pm
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@sledgy: Thanks for your rec. We ended up getting a Pclix, and we really like it so far.


Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:14 am
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Post Re: Interval Limit
I agree that it was a bit shortsighted and naive for Nikon to only allow a total interval limit of 999 in their built-in intervalometer...but, and I'm just wondering, how often do most timelapses go beyond the 1000 frame mark? Played back at 24fps, a 1000 frame timelapse would last about 40 seconds. This is much longer than any continuous sequence I see in the majority of videos posted. Most sequences seem to last from around 5 to perhaps 20 seconds at most, and rarely more than 40 seconds.

That said, I am aware that there are longer sequences out there--some 1 minute or more--which would entail more than 1000 frames. In such a case, one can quickly restart the Nikon internal intervalometer with the click of a couple buttons as soon as it finishes its 999 frames. You would only miss a couple of frames at most, which would not be noticeable when replayed at 24fps.

Question: do you commonly go past 1000 frames in recording any typical timelapse sequence?


Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:18 pm
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@thefed: Yeah, our videos are much longer than that. We're using time-lapse to analyze public spaces in New York -- plazas, mostly. We're shooting at 3-sec. intervals, replayed at 12 frames/sec. We will generally shoot for about eight hours -- 9,600 exposures.


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