I also have the newer Phottix Cleon remote. Very nice!
When you set the Phottix receiver switch to "bulb" mode it will function as you have described it. The D300 works the same way in "bulb" mode when not using the Phottix.
In effect, it's taking a picture. Therefore, it's logical that the menu & review are disabled. When you set the Phottix switch to "bulb" it continues to take a picture until you move it out of "bulb". Check the switch on the Phottix receiver.
You don't have to use the receiver switch to take "bulb" photos. You can hold the button down as on the D300. The switch lets you walk away. Here's a link with Info and video about the Cleon: http://www.dpnotes.com/phottix-cleon/
I'm thinking I may have a faulty unit. It worked a few nights ago where the menu functions and pict review worked while the unit was plugged in. It had not worked before this and now is not working. Every thing else seem to be fine. It will auto focus, single shot, CL and CH functions work as well as the 2s delay. Just can not review shots or open menue.
Also, The B setting on the unit only has the red light blinking. Even if I set the camera to Bulb it will not work. I'm going to try a different frequency to see if that works... very weird.
UPDATE: tried different frequency settings to no avail. I also used my MC-36 to test that there were no issues with the 10 pin connection, it worked fine and allowed the use of menu/review functions while plugged in. The Phottix cleon unit still will not.
I just received one (In time for the lunar eclipse) I too have found the unit works well except it won't let me review the pictures or menu functions. Also found that the instructions on the box are a bit confusing, thought you could use the bulb setting to take a bulb type shot I.E. leave the 'shutter" open, instead, no matter what setting you use as soon as you turn it too "B" it just keeps on firing away.....
Other than that, it's a great product for the money
Sun 24-Feb-08 04:55 PM | edited Sun 24-Feb-08 04:56 PM by biggles1
I also found the instructions confusing but was able to take bulb exposures.
I set the receiver and transmitter to On. Set the camera to Manual with bulb setting for the shutter and whatever aperture I want. Hold down the transmitter button for 3 seconds or until the red light goes off. The shutter will open and stay open. After the required time, press and release the button on the transmitter and the shutter will close.
I just received mine and am having no trouble reviewing shots or the menus. I seems to work very well. As for the bulb setting, with the receiver at the ON position and the camera shutter on bulb, it works fine using the transmitter. When I move the receiver to the B setting, the shutter opens immediately and stays open until I move the receiver button back to ON thus acting as a typical wired remote. Also kudos to them for adding the hot shoe attachment. Dan
>Also kudos to them for adding the hot shoe attachment.
You must be sure to tighten the Phottix down securely when you affix it to the hot shoe. I just got to test my newly-arrived Cleon this morning and I found that it kept slipping out of the shoe as I was walking around with the camera on a tripod.
Sun 09-Mar-08 02:17 AM | edited Sun 09-Mar-08 02:18 AM by klrbee25
I'm starting to think this thing is a POS. I've had a similar problem. As soon as it's plugged into the camera connector, the camera thinks there is a half-shutter press occurring since the memory card capacity changes over to the buffer capacity on the top display. Initially I thought there was interference causing intermittent activation of a half-shutter press, but the problem occurs even when the Cleon is turned off but connected to the D300. Strangely, I had it working just fine for about 5 minutes but everything screwed up again as soon as I cycled the camera or Cleon on/off.
I've fiddled with it quite a bit and even taken it apart. Strangely, it works fine now. Yeah, I tried all the switch positions at the time it was working incorrectly. For some reason, it works fine now. Perhaps the wired portion's shutter button was slightly depressed by one of the wires in the unit running between the plastic button and the internal electronic switch. After opening it up, doing essentially nothing except rerouting some of the wires, and closing it up....it works nicely.
FWIW, I seem to have the same problem. When I plug in the receiver, and with no battery installed, it goes into auto-focus. Pressing the trigger button on the receiver will not fire the shutter. Camera works fine with Nikon MC-30 cord. Seems like there is a short in the wiring somewhere. I'm about ready to send it back, but I think I'll open it first to see if there is something I can fix.
Also, there was no indication in the instructions on the proper battery installation polarity. I just guessed from the layout of the contacts.
I have solved my own problem. And my post was incorrect in that the trigger button would fire the shutter.
Turns out that the button for the trigger on the receiver was not properly fitted mechanically and caused the button to be constantly depressed half way. I took the unit apart and shortened the trigger plunger with a file so that there is now some play in the trigger. The unit now works as advertised, although IMHO the mechanical construction of the trigger button on the receiver is iffy. Again IMHO, the Cleon is not a suitable substitute for the MC-30 if what you are looking for is a good wired remote trigger. As always, YMMV.
FWIW, After reading that some members were getting this unit to work correctly, and some not (including me) I took mine apart and found that there are 3 wires soldered to the main circuit board. I discovered that the soldering was not the best quality and was giving an intermittent signal. When i plugged the unit into my D300 and held the wires it worked as advertised including live view and picture review. So i took off the 3 wires and re-soldered them. The remote now works like a charm. Guess you really do get what you pay for, but it is a good "cheap" unit.
FWIW this unit was recommended by another Nikonian and I decided to purchase one. The eB transaction went smooth and the seller demonstrated professionalism in the whole process, sending confirmations, answered my questions immediately.
I paid $35.20 total, and the unit arrived in 12 days. So far, just playing with it, it works flawlessly.
They drove many of us crazy becuase their ENGLISH is very poor but you cant beat the price. If its defective they will send you a new one but it does take time to arrive. Overall I am very happy with the unit. The build quality is sometimes poor but you can always send it back if its defective and they will send you a new one. They sent me the wrong one and I sent an email and they sent the correct one and let me keep the old incorrect one for 15 dollars.