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Modal mode dial on Nikon D3s

Mirror Lockup and Self Timer on Nikon

You can use the self-timer, or mirror lockup, or Live View, but not in conjunction with each other.

The frustrating case is that you cannot use mirror lockup with the self-timer— you must use a remote release with mirror lockup for sharp images.

Why mirror lockup and self-timer cannot be combined

Nikon’s mirror lockup (MLU) is easily accessible via the mode dial at the top of the camera. That’s the problem— it’s a mode.

I used to think that the mode dial was a good design choice, because it was readily accessible, but it brings with it a downside: since both the self-timer and Live View are also modes, it’s impossible to use them together.

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