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Mirror Lockup is an option in DSLRs that allows the mirror to be retracted prior to a photo, giving much quieter operation and reduced vibration.

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Can I lock the mirror up indefinitely without damaging my DSLR?

Are there any issues I might experience if I leave the mirror up on my DSLR camera for a long time? My use mode would be "live view" mode connected to AC power, and using the HDMI output of ...
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Canon 80D - mirror lockup problem

I have a Canon 80. Bought last August, still in warranty. Never dropped it, was never exposed to high humidity / cold / heat / dust. I always treated it with great care. Yesterday I used it for quite ...
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Why do I get blur with a telephoto lens even with mirror lock-up?

Trying to fix the blur I see when shooting via a 75-300mm telephoto lens (this one) on a tripod, I enabled mirror lock-up in my Canon EOS 500D, and set a 2-second self-timer, so that after raising the ...
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Why do DSLRs have to bounce their mirror when taking series photos?

Professional DSLRs can lock the mirror up before doing a shot — to prevent mirror-induced vibration. But as I can see here, cameras such as Nikon D4, while being capable of mirror lock-up, still ...
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Why do I have to press the shutter button twice on my Canon 6d Mark II? [duplicate]

I am new to photography and trying to learn everyday. I've noticed when shooting in manual mode and using the Viewfinder like most professionals use, when I press the shutter button down you have to ...
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At what shutter speeds is mirror lock-up worthwhile?

Exposition I know what mirror lock-up is and what it's good for, but I'm curious about the range of shutter speeds where it provides a real benefit. A little background I use a nice, sturdy tripod ...
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How long does it take for the mirror to flip up and the sensor to be exposed?

Inspired by this comment. When photographing water drops, I've made a habit out of limiting as much lag to the process as I can. What this means is, I set up the shot, use mirror lock up to lock the ...
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Nikon D7200 time-lapse with mirror lockup?

I just bought a Nikon D7200, and I'm having fun doing some time-lapse photography with it. However, I'm a little bit concerned that I'm going to wear the shutter out before I've even had the camera ...
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Why is my shutter speed stuck while using mirror lockup?

On my Canon Mark II when I use mirror lockup my minimum shutter speed is always 1/30 of a sec but I need a much longer shutter speed, such as 30 of a sec. I have tried using manual mode, Av mode, and ...
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Is there a way to lock the D7100's mirror up while burst shooting?

I have a Nikon D7100. I've tried to capture water droplets in burst mode. But the mirror speed limits my shooting and makes a discontinuous series of images, even with a 1/2000 shutter speed! Is ...
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Does mirror lock-up drain the battery?

When using the mirror lock-up mode or Nikon’s exposure delay mode, is it true that keeping the mirror raised for some time requires more battery power? Is the mirror flipping mechanism continuously ...
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How can I avoid camera shake while using Canon 6D's Auto Exposure Bracketing?

I've recently upgraded to the full-frame sensor Canon 6D and am used to using Canon's Rebel series cameras with the added Magic Lantern firmware add-on hacks. I have a question about the auto-exposure-...
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Why mirror lockup on long exposures?

Often when long exposures are discussed, there is a recommendation to use mirror lockup to avoid loss of image sharpness. I fail to understand why the brief vibration, maybe half a second, could ...
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How do I speed up button-to-picture for Canon XTi (400D)?

I'm trying to set up a fast image capture without using a strobe. The camera is connected to a shutter release device (pinewood derby timer) which triggers the camera when the first car passes the ...
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What is Arbitrary Release Time Lag?

The Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DSr both offer a new feature that I have never heard of. Canon refers to it as Arbitrary Release Time Lag. What does the feature do and why might I benefit from it?
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Can I lock up the mirror in Canon 350D and shoot all three AEB points without mirror return?

A friend lent me his old Canon 350D (It has no Live View mode) so I can try a "real" camera before spending money on it. I want to play with HDR, and most of the articles I read say that you should ...
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Properly Using Mirror Lock With Canon EOS 60D And RC-6 IR Remote

I am trying to use my Canon EOS 60D on a tripod, with mirror lock enabled and shutter release via the RC-6 infrared remote, for minimizing vibration. When using the shutter release on the camera, ...
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How can I use mirror lockup with wireless remote on a Canon T4i?

I'm using a Canon T4i. When mirror lockup is enabled, if I press the button on the wireless remote, I have the impression that mirror lockup is not performed. Am I doing something wrong? According to ...
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D7000 multiple exposure with mirror up?

I shoot a lot of close-up photography and typically use the mirror up feature with a remote control. I tried doing double exposures using these functions and kept failing. Yesterday I switched to ...
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Nikon D80 Mirror Lockup

Can I use mirror lockup for long exposures on the Nikon D80? The option appears to be in the menu, I can't seem to enable it.
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What is mirror lockup and what is its primary function?

My SLR is equipped with the mirror lockup function. What does it do, and when would I employ such a feature?
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