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How do I lock the self timer & activate an onscreen grid?

edited March 2012 Posted in » Nikon D5100 Forum


  • edited March 2016
    First, as a new member, thank you for this helpful and informative website and forum, Moose.
    I recently purchased a used D5100. It's been a long time since last owning a Nikon back in college days in the early 70's, and while the basics remained constant, so much has changed with digital. I also have been searching for a way to make the self timer option a default or temporary default. Although I am awestruck over the technology of this new to me camera, I thought not having the option to select a time release as a default setting was a major oversight. I thought I must be missing something even after reading through the on-line manual at Nikon. I did find that it is possible to set how many photos, up to 9, that will be taken at a self timer setting but then discovered that they fire consecutively with a single press of the shutter button. The button on the side of the lens also confused me as I thought it would immediately set me at the self timer option I had selected but couldn't get it to work until I figured out that after pushing and holding that button I must then turn the wheel two clicks. Anyway, after searching your forum I finally found this helpful thread on page 12 that let me know I'm not missing something, it's just not there.
    All that being said, I am thrilled with my new camera. Thanks again.

  • edited March 2016
    It's interesting that you can use the Fn button for self timer on the D5100. You can't on the D3200. I probably would not anyway, because I always use manual ISO and would miss that option for that one button, but I agree that not having a quick way to put on the self timer or to hold the setting is too bad.

    I would note that on the D7xxx series, the shutter mode is accessed through a selector under the mode dial, making self timer use easy and persistent. But (Nikon engineering is a mystery sometimes) where the lowly D3200 gives remote operation as one of the shutter modes you can get with the shutter mode button, the D7100 does not include remote in the shutter modes; you must go to the menu to set that.

    It seems as if Nikon designers do not talk to each other. Each group comes up with a pretty good design, but if you shuttle between them you must be technically bilingual. My wife has a D7100, and when she asks how to do something, even something simple, it is done differently. Not only are menus different and orders different, but similar buttons have slightly different functions, and are located in different places on the camera.
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