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Why does BYN not work when I try to shoot with my Nikon D5100?


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Not only does BYN not like my Nikon 1 V3, it apparently doesn't like my D5100 either. Like with my V3, I can connect to the D5100, the frame and focus button works, but for some bizarre reason the program sets my camera from ISO 100 to 1600, and the format from RAW to RAW+JPEG. I cannot change the settings in the CAMERA INFORMATION CENTER, that's just what BYN does with my camera, and that's that.

W**? I see these errors listed, I don't understand, the camera has no mirror lockup, and it's obviously communicating with it.

19:14:11  Licensed to vidrazor
19:14:11  BackyardNIKON 2.1.2 Premium Edition
19:14:33  Attempting to connect camera...
19:14:34  Nikon/D5100 drivers initialized.
19:14:35  D5100 CONNECTED!
19:14:39  Imaging session started.
19:14:39  Imaging session cancelled
19:14:39  Your camera requires a configured serial cable for BULB or Mirror Lock.
19:14:40  Imaging session cancelled
19:15:48  Imaging session started.
19:15:49  Imaging session cancelled
19:15:49  Your camera requires a configured serial cable for BULB or Mirror Lock.
19:15:49  Imaging session cancelled

I'm beginning to regret buying this program. So far it's a total fail with my V3 and D5100.

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ISO 1600 is the default.

RAW+JPG is the default.  Go to settings and change to RAW only.

That could be the source of your issue with the N1v3 as some nikon don't like it with both are selected.  worth a try.

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19:14:35  D5100 CONNECTED!
19:14:39  Imaging session started.
19:14:39  Imaging session cancelled
19:14:39  Your camera requires a configured serial cable for BULB or Mirror Lock.

The above message for the D5100 is correct. You can confirm by looking at the entry for that model in the Supported Cameras page.

The D5100 does not support BULB exposures over USB so BYN requires a second cable, in parallel with the regular USB cable, to control the shutter during BULB exposures. This limitation is not necessary with the 1V3.

When you say Frame & Focus works that description is open to interpretation and also that you know how it is supposed to work. You should see the same live images on the BYN screen that you see on the LCD display when the camera is not connected. You should also be able to shoot JPG Snap images. Do both of these functions work?

 

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3 hours ago, admin said:

ISO 1600 is the default.

RAW+JPG is the default.  Go to settings and change to RAW only.

That could be the source of your issue with the N1v3 as some nikon don't like it with both are selected.  worth a try.

How do you change the default ISO? Is that supposed to be in the CAMERA INFORMATION CENTER? I cannot change those parameters. The only place I can adjust ISO is in the capture plan center. The SETTINGS quality box is set to raw.

So I need a second cable to control the D5100? Hmm...

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Again, the values that are displayed in the Camera Information Center are the values that are currently set in the camera. They are not changeable there. However if the camera is not imaging, they are simply the last values used and are mostly unimportant.

You can change the ISO by setting a different ISO into the first row in the Capture Plan Center and take a picture. The new ISO is set into the camera before the image capture(s) for that row are begun.

Yes, you need a second cable to take BULB exposures with the D5100. Older Nikon models like the D5100 did not support BULB exposures over the single USB cable. This is a Nikon limitation that BYN works around by supporting use of a compatible shutter control cable for BULB exposures. This is clearly displayed in the Supported Cameras table, via the link at the bottom of this web page. Below is the row from that table for the D5100. The "Yes (serial)" column says that the D5100 does BULB exposures from BYN with the use of a serial cable.

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There seems to be a lot of new user pilot error going on. Hopefully, the answers to your questions will help you to understand how BYN is designed to function with your Nikon cameras. If there is an issue with the 1V3, the authors will be able to help figure out what is happening.

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Hi Guylain,

Every once and while I try my Nikon 1 V3 again to see if I can get it to work with BYN, so tonight I gave it another go and it didn't work.  I read through the forum and saw the download for the BYN 2.1.3 RC, so I thought I would see if it would work.  Well, it sort-of works.  I set up the camera with a lens sitting on my counter.  The camera connects fine (as it always has), but this time when I start the capture with a setting of one exposure the camera captures images continuously.  Before I realized what was going on the camera had captured 36 images.  All 36 images downloaded onto my PC.

Terry

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