There are a couple of possibilities for you to consider.
1) Nikon ML-3, infrared remote. It's range is line of sight, and limited to about 25 meters. Some people swear by this, but it is very limited in it's capabilities. It does have the the "beam-break" focus feature.
2) Pocket Wizards. They are a little more expensive, but under the right conditions, you have a range of around 400 meters. You can also use them to trigger strobes or flashes, and other cameras. www.pocketwizard.com
If you are only using on the tripod, then I would maybe recommend the ML-3, not to be confused with the ML-L3 remote for the D70.
There is a MC-36 wireless remote available; about $140.00 =/-. However no outlet seems to have one. I have called dozens of places including Nikon. There is a long back order for these remotes. I have been told anywhere from one to six months of waiting time to get one. The MC-36 does lots of things; that is why it is so expensive. I am anxious to get one, but I apparently will have to wait a long, long, time.
>There is a MC-36 wireless remote available; about $140.00 >=/-. However no outlet seems to have one. I have called >dozens of places including Nikon. There is a long back >order for these remotes. I have been told anywhere from one >to six months of waiting time to get one. The MC-36 does >lots of things; that is why it is so expensive. I am >anxious to get one, but I apparently will have to wait a >long, long, time.
For the MC36 (with wire), I picked one up at Central Camera in Chicago about 2 weeks ago. Just walked in and they had 5 or 6 of them in stock.
They also ship. I wouldn't use their web site, but call them and ask for their camera counter. If you ask for Manny, tell him Mr Zimmerman sent you
On eBay you can get an ADIT wired remote that works fine for $15 including shipping. They ofter are listed in GBP as well.
I've used the ADIT on 2 different F100s, an F6, and through a MC-26 adapter to a MD-12 motor drive.
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There's a product from a company called Seculine which is an IR remote for the D200. I don't know anything more about it but it looks like it is only a shutter release and is much cheaper than the ML-3!
in stock. I bought one recently and it seems to work fine, but I haven't had an opportunity to do any field testing with it yet.
As for banding, that's mostly a non-issue. Many have reported newer cameras don't exhibit it at all; while a few have gotten their cameras to exhibit short banding. Thom Hogan has two D200 cameras and one of them has short banding; for what it's worth, he says the one with short banding has slightly better IQ (image quality). While my camera has it, I wouldn't mess with it and am perfectly happy with the camera the way it is.
To test for banding you set the camera to ISO 400, place a flourescent lightbulb in front of a dark background, overexpose the lightbulb by 3 stops, and then view at 100 percent. Honestly, if that's the kind of photography you do (blowing highlights to expose dark subjects), then the D200 probably isn't the right camera for the task. I have only seen short banding twice after over 25,000 shots with my camera, and even those shots were usable.
>> >>BH has this in stock. I bought one recently and it seems to work fine, but I haven't had an opportunity yet to do any field testing with it yet. >> > >Tony, >I've had my eye on this remote but the BH site is missing >some info that I'd like. You can answer a couple quick >questions: > >1. Does the bottom of the receive have a connection for the >camera accessory shoe? >2. The receiver seems to have a button to trigger the >shutter release without use of the transmitter. True? > >I'd be interested in your thoughts after you field test it. > >Thanks, > >Bruce in Central NYS >www.netfenster.com
I'll respond later with field testing; range and ability to go around obstacles mostly. As for my initial impressions, the product is not Nikon solid -- it feels a little flimsy. There is no accessory shoe or shutter release button on the receiver, what you saw was an on/off switch. The batteries are oddball, probably expensive (CR2 on the receiver and something I've never seen before on the transmittor -- an L1028), and this means more stuff to keep track of in my camera bag; that's unfortunate since I would have really preferred standard AA batteries, which are bigger but more convenient since I already have those for my Speedlights.
>BH has >this >in stock. I bought one recently and it seems to work fine, >but I haven't had an opportunity yet to do any field testing >with it yet.
Okay, I field tested the unit. The verdict is that this unit is suitable for less than 30 feet with no obstructions. Walls and trees interfere with the signal, the range and reliability drops off when the batteries become drained. The batteries that came with the unit were close to DOA, which was a PITA and an added expense. I can't say at this time how long the batteries last; but they are expensive (it cost me $25 for two each for the transmitter and receiver).
Frankly, I would pay an extra $40-$50 for something more solidly built. The weak point is the cord, which is one tug or pinch away from being wrecked. The battery covers are not very secure and could be easily lost, and the overall construction reminds me of something you might get with a McDonalds Happy Meal.
After reading your field test results I can say the Adidt wireless RF remote is better. It is rated 100m (I get about 75m), can be used wired and wireless, receiver uses a rechargeable battery and comes with the charger, the remote uses... shoot, I forgot what it uses, I think the same battery found in most computers.
Funnily enough, despite the myth being oft repeated here and elsewhere, you don't have to go to silly, extreme, out-of-the-ordinary lengths to have banding affect a pic . . . shoot a night city-scape at ISO 400, then have a look at any over-exposed lights (need to be more than just pin-points of lights I might add) immediately adjacent to a darkish area. If present, banding will show up as vertical lines (for landscape format pics) along some of the over-exposed sections' edges and can be quite noticeable. Sure, many here accept it, some half-accept it and edit it out . . . I for one don't accept it and consequently Nikon are considering supplied samples from my relatively new camera.
FWIW, Nikon made an earlier version of a wireless remote called the ML-2 (which I have in MINT condition yet) and it had a range of 100m or around 300+ ft. The receiver unit fits in the camera flash shoe and you can angle it in any direction for the transmitter to "see". There are several channels on the transmitter that you can use, also -in case you want to trigger more than one camera, etc.
PM if you're interested, Steven, as I no longer use the ML-2 and it's been stored as new all these years.