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Self-timer operation and tripod mounting

Self-timer operation

The self-timer introduces a ten second delay between a press on the shutter release button and the actual exposure. This gives you just enough time to enter the picture and pose awkwardly. It is also sometimes called "the poor man's cable release"; when you need no exact control over when the picture is taken, it can indeed be used in the same way as a cable release, preventing camera shake. To use the function:

  1. Slide the self-timer switch away from the shutter release button. A red mark will appear.
  2. After focusing and metering on the main subject, close the eyepiece shutter.
  3. Press the shutter release button all the way down. During the ten-second countdown to the shutter releases, the self-timer LED blinks slowly for 8 seconds, then rapidly for 1 second, and remains on for the last second. For simultaneous audible beeping, set the main switch to "ON w/beep" position.
  • If you have started the self-timer and wish to cancel it before the shutter releases, slide the self-timer switch back again so that the red mark is hidden.
  • After using the self-timer, be sure to turn it off.

Tripod mounting

For maximum sharpness when exposure times are too long for hand-held photos, mount the camera on a tripod using the socket at the bottom of the camera. The optional Remote Cord RC-1000L or RC-1000S can be used to release the shutter without shaking the camera. You can also use the Wireless Controller IR-1N.

  • Do not overtighten the tripod screw when attaching the camera to a tripod. Permanent damage to the threads may be the result.
  • The mounting screw should not be longer than 5.4mm (1/4 inch).

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The self timer switch. When the red mark is shown, the camera will delay the taking of a picture by ten seconds.

Mounting index Bayonet mount Aperture stopdown pin Lens lock pin Lens release button Self timer LED Shutter speed up/down control DOF preview switch Lens contacts Aperture up/down control Focus mode switch Remote control terminal (covered) Matte screen Bottom contacts for accessories Battery compartment Rewind release Coupler for motorized film winding Coupler for motorized film rewind Handgrip PC socket Focus drive coupler Mirror Tripod socket Serial number Back release lock Lighting window Diopter adjustment dial Eyepiece shutter lever AEL button Accessory shoe Finder Film window Film advance lever On/off switch Multiple exposure button Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Exposure mode selector Shutter release button Self timer switch Exposure adjustment button Frame counter Back release/ rewind crank / metering selector ISO adjustment button Film guide rails Film guide rails Back removal lever Take up spool Shutter curtains Film winding sprockets Accessory back contacts Back release latch Rewind prong DX contacts Back/top Front/bottom Film chamber Alphabetical