I bought a Nikon MC-DC2 for my D4 because it appears to function with the D4 based on the System chart which can be found on the Nikon website or page 30 of the brochure.
What I learned is that it doesn't attach directly to the camera which is obvious after the fact. But, it does fit the GP-1, the GPS unit which attaches to the D4. I'm not interested in the GP-1.
I'm buying the MC-30 as my remote cord. The non-Nikon brands of remote cords had mediocre reviews so it doesn't seem to be worth the trouble. Two Chinese eBayers have great prices for the MC-30 but I'm not taking any chances. I'm buying locally.
FYI: I found an interesting website of triggers for any camera, triggertrap. Triggertrap is an open-source, Arduino-based universal camera trigger. It triggers (nearly) any digital still camera using (almost) any source: Laser, Sound, Time-lapse, anything else, via the built-in AUX port.
#1. "RE: Remote Cords" | In response to Reply # 0Thu 05-Apr-12 03:18 AM
I ordered and received the MC-30 I mentioned above.
Unfortunately, B&H shipped the MC-30 in a padded envelope, so I'm returning it. If anybody has a clue why any merchant would ship an electronic item or any other hard item in a padded envelope I would to know the reason? Really.
The MC-30 and the instructions arrived out of the plastic box it's sold in floating around inside the envelope.
I've been ordering from B&H since the 80's and almost every other order something goes wrong. They aren't going to change so I have to.
I prefer Amazon but I don't like to wait a week to get my items since B&H purchases arrive in 2 days. I'm sticking with Amazon for now.
Now, I have to wait at least 2 weeks to get a refund from B&H.
#2. "RE: Remote Cords" | In response to Reply # 1M_Jackson Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Thu 05-Apr-12 12:56 PM
I am sorry for your packaging and shipping problem. The first thing I would ask is "Does it still work?" and if so, keep it. No harm no fowl and why waste the money to send it back and have to wait for a refund? If it is broken, then I'd ask B&H to send a replacement and ask for a box this time.
I normally wouldn't respond to this kind of question, except I've had great results with B&H and slow shipping with Amazon. Even more to the point, I ordered a MC-36 on Monday from B&H and it arrived in perfect shape on Wednesday—also in a padded envelope. It was still well boxed inside the normal Nikon packaging. With my NAPP membership, the 2 day shipping was free.
Either way, good luck. I'd order from B&H any day.
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#4. "RE: Remote Cords" | In response to Reply # 2Thu 05-Apr-12 11:36 PM
Thanks for your input.
I couldn't take any chances because of the rough treatment the MC-30 received. After I saw that the packaging was smashed, I didn't bother to try it. I didn't ask for replacement because it'll take almost 3 weeks to arrive because of Passover. They didn't offer to send one immediately while they wait for the return. And that's my point, mediocre service. On the other hand, Amazon would have sent a replacement immediately.
I expect merchants to do the minimum to insure my purchases arrives undamaged. A padded envelope just doesn't cut it. It's cheap and irresponsible to use a padded envelope. Plus if you read the envelope, it says not to use Express Pak for "UPS Ground".
I bought a wallet from Zappos. The box was so large they could have put 20-30 wallets in there. Of course, my wallet and the box arrived in perfect condition.
B&H's service isn't consistent. I bought a Nikon 135mm f/2 last summer from B&H and the padding was insufficient to keep the lens' box from sustaining a good-sized dent.
Many people think B&H is great but I never know what to expect from one order to the next.
Thanks for listening.
#6. "RE: Remote Cords" | In response to Reply # 4MAK Registered since 06th Sep 2006Fri 06-Apr-12 09:58 PM | edited Fri 06-Apr-12 09:59 PM by MAK
You really can't compare zappos and amazon with B&H. They are worlds apart. Your comment about what to expect from order to order is precisely the reason I do not order from them. Horrible customer service, very rude on the phone, and lackluster service all around.
Not that they would care, but I hope they drop by and read comments here. I would say give them a call, but you know it will do no good. They are in it for the fast buck and buck the customer. I think that is their motto actually.
#5. "RE: Remote Cords" | In response to Reply # 0
#7. "RE: Remote Cords" | In response to Reply # 0
I returned the Nikon MC-DC2 to Amazon the same day (Wednesday) that I returned the MC-30 to B&H.
Amazon emailed me today saying that the item arrived and they were reimbursing my card credit.
Amazon isn't perfect but their customer service is definitely better than B&H's.