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Self Timer and Mirror Delay

Most cameras have a self-timer mode, typically 2 seconds or 10 seconds (why is this not programmable?!). This can be especially useful if applied in conjunction with mirror lockup. Always prefer mirror lockup whenever possible.

Mirror lockup is best, but some cameras (namely Nikon) are brain-dead about the Self-timer: there is no way to engage both self-timer and mirror lockup!

Nikon exposure delay mode

Barring mirror lockup (preferred choice), the next best thing is to use the “exposure delay” feature. Using exposure delay mode is not a guarantee of sharpness, but it’s much better than no delay.

With Nikon DSLRs, exposure delay mode is fixed at an inadequate 1 second (not programmable). Still, it can be better than the alternative of no delay at all. Lacking a remote release, exposure delay can be useful.

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Nikon’s Exposure Delay Mode (on/off, not programmable for delay)

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