>By your description, you are expecting the shutter on your >D7000 to act as if it's in "T" mode - but the camera >only offers "B" mode. In fact, I don't know of any >digital camera which offers a "T" mode shutter >release.
The D7000 does offer T-mode via the use of the ML-L3 and the remote mode while using the M exposure mode. And the fact that Steven reports seeing a "--" symbol in the viewfinder means that he did put the release dial into remote (ML-L3) mode.
We still need to know if the third party remote is infrared or wired. Being he is using the remote release mode I'm assuming its an IR unit.