OK all you D70 (not D70s) owners. Who can see the obvious flaw on the pictures of the D200? Hint: It is something they added to the D70s. Even the D100 has this, but not the D200. I hope it is an oversight on the advertising and marketing pictures.
Wow that was weak! No one can see the cable release hole is missing on the shutter release button? That was something the D70 was missing. It is almost like Nikon is forcing you to get the remote control for the ten pin connector. It is a sneaky way to make you spend more.
>Wow that was weak! No one can see the cable release hole is >missing on the shutter release button? And now a question for you, Andrew...what was the last Nikon Camera (new release) with a cable release hole?
While we're on this subject, this is something I noticed as well. I would have preferred a standard threaded release, but considering how awesome this camera is, especially for the price, I can live without it.
An unfortunate case of history retaining a bad connector design.
The 10-pin socket is annoying and slow to use. The caps are a hassle and get lost. Removing the cap, finding the correct orientation of the round connector, and screwing in the retaining ring is a PITA.
The D70s doesn't have a threaded release socket. It does have a simple rectangular port that accepts a wired remote in addition to retaining the IR remote capability. The D70s has a better remote solution.
A simple threaded release button would be welcome on all Nikon bodies. Unfortunately, Nikon gave up on a good thing it brought back with the N80.
The 10-pin port is the only thing I really dislike (so far) about my next camera...
I do not see what the problem is with the 10-pin remotes for you all.
I have bean using them for some time with other cameras and have NEVER had a problem with them.
I much prefer the fact that you must thread the remote in versus just a strait plug in like on the D70S.
Last thing I need is a pre release cable going from 10 pin on camera to a Pocket Wizard radio remote popping off the camera. The threads put my mind at rest on such things.
A little trick if it is just lining the remote up with the on camera port that gets you. There is a white dot on the camera and a arrow on the remote end. If you line the two up it will slip in like a charm .
The D200 dose not support the ML-L3 wireless inferred remote used on the various consumer Nikon cameras (F65, D70/S est.)
Nikon make two inferred remote units that plug into the 10 pin remote terminal. These are the ML-2 & ML-3. The ML-2 has much better range then the new ML-3 although its native plug is only 2 pins so you also need to buy the Nikon 2 pin to 10 pin adaptor. The ML-3 is great if you want nothing more then what the ML-L3 gave you with your D70.
Another wireless remote option is to go with a Pocket Wizard radio remote setup. These do not need line of site to work as they are radio. They also will give you about 1600 meters of range. If you use flashes or strobes the Pocket Wizards can also be used to trigger them.
I do disagree. There is no need to keep the cap on the 10-pin contact, in fact, I remove and throw away all those caps (10-pin + flash outlet) the moment I get any new camera. With the cap gone, all that remains is inserting the cable and trigger the release or whatever you want. I never lock the connector, just press it firmly into the hole and that's it. Yank it out when you feel it's time to move on. Works on all my cameras way back to the F5. Much faster in practice than trying to secure a tiny, wobbling threaded cable release. Plus you do wear both the tips of the cable release plus the mounting hole quite quickly (lesson learned from F4).
Having the 10-pin contact makes for a vastly more versatile camera system. Not only can you use the various external releases (MC-20, MC-30 etc.), you can also hook up the camera to an intervalometer, remote triggering systems, time lapse control, GPS input, and so on. Most if not all of this impossible with the basic IR port on D70-class cameras.
Plus, the 10-pin contact makes D200 compatible with a majority of other Nikon cameras. Important to those of us shooting with more than one camera on assignments.