Please please please can some one out there help me. I have a D50 and a ML-L3 remote control. Does anyone know if any manufacturer makes a remote for the D50 which has a greater range and does not need to be 'fired' by pointing the controller at the front of the camera. The ML-L3 is fine but is limiting when trying to use at distances.
I would like a long range remote because I do quite a bit of bird photography and it would be good to be able to position my camera on a tripod and activate the shutter from a distance and not disturb the birds. Can't do that any othe way with the ML-L3. just can't believe no one makes one for the D50. Pixel make a good remote but no lead for a D50 but they do make one for a D70. I wonder if that would be the same connector as the D50 at rhe 'camera' end of the cable. What do you think?
The ML-L3 is an Infra Red (IR) remote, just like a TV remote, so there are a number of restrictions that may not make this feasible.
Objects can block or reflect the IR signal away from the remote. The power of the signal drops by the square of the distance the signal has traveled.
You can buy/make an RF, Radio Frequency, repeater to extend the range of the remote.
You can convert the MIL-L3 to support a wired switch and make a clamp to hold the ML-L3 in front of your camera's remote sensor.
You could even make a fiber optic cable to direct the signal around the camera body.
The D70 has the exact same remote setup as the D50. There is no cable remote for the D70. You might be thinking of the D70s that has remote cable port, but that is a different camera model from the D70.
Hi. My D60 is the same. The sensor is on the front of the camera! A very strange place to put it. Great for taking self portraits. But no good for close ups of birds and animals. My remote came China via Ebay - only cost a few dollars. Let us hope that later models fit the sensor on the back of the camera.