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Custom Setting Menu: Timers/AE lock
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c1 - c4: Timers/AE lock
How to Get Here
Press MENU, go to the left and select up and down to the pencil icon. You'll then see CUSTOM SETTING MENU on the color LCD. Click down to c TIMERS/AE LOCK and click to the right.
What it Does
AE lock is important to getting perfect files straight from the D5000 without editing.
Timers optimize battery life vs. convenience.
What I Change
I leave these alone.
c1 Shutter-release button AE-L top
This lets you lock the exposure with the shutter button, like a point-and-shoot camera. You don't want that, so leave this one alone.
The D5000 has a dedicated AE Lock button. You don't want the shutter button to lock exposure.
c2 Auto off timers top
This sets how long the camera stays awake after you do various things.
You may set various times for how long the rear LCD stays on if you ignore it in playback and the menus.
You may select how long the image stays up right after you take a picture (image review).
You may select how ling the camera stays on after you stop pressing the button.
Shorter times save the battery.
Set longer times if the D5000 turns off on you too quickly.
c3 Self-timer top
This sets the self-timer delay.
10 seconds is for taking Christmas card photos of yourself.
2 seconds is for replacing mirror lock-up when using a tripod with long exposures.
You may also select how many exposures are made each time. The default is one, and you may choose up to 9. This is a great idea for taking your Christmas card photo.
c4 Remote on duration top
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