I'm thinking of getting a D200 soon; one potential gripe for me is the cost of adding a remote. I don't feel the Nikon options (e.g. ML-3 ) are worth it. It's a pity the AR-3 threaded cable release I use with my film body (F80s) won't work with the D200 (although admittedly being mechanical in nature, it could introduce vibration)
Questions: 1. I figure for a lot of use cases I could just use the timer and step away from the camera to get my shots. What do you think?
2. For use cases where a remote makes more sense, I've read a few forum threads and it seems there are few Chinese companies making equivalents to the MC-30 that would suffice for around $16 or less including shipping. Anyone have recommendations on Adidt vs. Uniphox or other brands? They seem pretty much the same to me ...
The ML-3 only allows you to operate the camera no more than 26 feet away, which might be fine for your use. If your old cable release worked just fine for you, then I would use the timer feature. I believe it has several settings between 2 seconds up to 30 seconds. I use the 2 second feature when I’m shooting extremely slow shutter speeds, and I don’t want any camera shake introduced by my finger on the shutter release button It’s much cheaper to just use the timer feature, and less stuff to haul around with you.
At $ 139.95 imported, and $ 164.95 USA for the ML-3, that’s a lot of money, but you probably won’t find a cheaper alternative. I’ve got a pair of Pocket Wizards, and just the cord alone to allow me to fire the camera with a pocket wizard is between $125 and $195, depending on the manufacturer.
This could possibly be an alternative. From the B&H site... Dot Line Remote Release for Nikon D200, D2x & D2xs SLR Digital Cameras Mfr# DL1486 • B&H# DORRND200 Our Price: $39.95
Pete "Cameras don't take photographs, people do" - John Hedgecoe said that. "Expose for the highlights and let the shadows take care of themselves" - Ansel Adams said that. "The camera is only a tool. The best saw in the world won't make you a great carpenter" - I said that A few photos, here for a reason
>Just to clarify ... your negative experience was with the >Dot Line RF/Wireless version?
I have one of these I purchased from through eBay from HK. I've used it a few times and so far it has worked great. A couple of things to keep in mind if anybody gets one of these. First, as has already been mentioned, you must press the button on the receiver for 2-3 seconds to turn it on. A good idea, but it took me a little while to figure it out. Second, the batteries come installed in both the remote and receiver but the battery in the receiver was wrapped in a clear plastic cover which you couldn't see easily. Once I unwrapped the battery and reinstalled it things worked great. The plug was a little tight like many of these aftermarket units but about 15 seconds with a little sand paper and it fits much better now.
I don't know how long the batteries will last but just checked yesterday and my local Walgreen's carries both so availability isn't a problem. The unit works quite well through glass also. I set up my D200 on the patio and with everything set to take some shots of my hummingbirds visiting the feeder. Then, I went inside the patio door and waited until they came to feed and snapped away without a missing a shot.
Build quality is about what I would expect from a $50 unit from HK. A long way from pro level gear but so far it works fine for a hobbyist like myself. If I made my living at this I'd probably seek out a higher end unit.
>The ML-3 only allows you to operate the camera no more than >26 feet away, which might be fine for your use. If your old >cable release worked just fine for you, then I would use the >timer feature. I believe it has several settings between 2 >seconds up to 30 seconds. I use the 2 second feature when >I’m shooting extremely slow shutter speeds, and I don’t want >any camera shake introduced by my finger on the shutter >release button It’s much cheaper to just use the timer >feature, and less stuff to haul around with you. > >At $ 139.95 imported, and $ 164.95 USA for the ML-3, that’s >a lot of money, but you probably won’t find a cheaper >alternative. I’ve got a pair of Pocket Wizards, and just >the cord alone to allow me to fire the camera with a pocket >wizard is between $125 and $195, depending on the >manufacturer. > >This could possibly be an alternative. From the B&H site... >Dot Line Remote Release for Nikon D200, D2x & D2xs SLR >Digital Cameras Mfr# DL1486 • B&H# DORRND200 Our Price: >$39.95 > >Gary >Will Fly for Food
Hi Gary. I will also fly for food (I'm a CFII at TKI)!
Anyway, I have a DotLine Remote Control and it works fine. Range is about 60 feet with no obstructions. I haven't used it enough to deplete the batteries, yet, so I don't know how it is in that regard.
One thing about it, though. I thought mine was defective at first, because I didn't understand that I had to hold down the power-on button for about 3 seconds to get it to turn on. Once I understood that little detail it has continued to work just fine. Another quick push turns it off.
I also have the DotLine wired cable release and it works fine as well.
And, here's a tip: I kept losing the little cap that screws into the 9-pin connector on the camera where the cable release and RF release plug in. So, I put a tiny bit of velcro on the cap and a tiny bit of the opposite sex velcro on the Dotline controllers. Now, the cap is always where I can find it.
>Hi Gary. I will also fly for food (I'm a CFII at TKI)!
Russ.... Looking TKI up on airnav, I see it’s a nice airport. I’m based out of a small field about 800 feet from the pacific ocean. (4S1) No FBO for a long ways. Fortunately, we have a IA on the field who does annuals. My fly for food refers more to flying for that $100 hamburger, tho it’s more like a $250 hamburger these days, and passengers pay for the food. Always nice to see another pilot in the forums.
I groused a bit at the cost, but I've been happy with the ML-3. It isn't exactly elegant when you want something else in the hot shoe. Still, there are times when I'm happy to have it. Also, AAA battery? What's up with that? Everything else in the photo world uses AA.
In addition to all the cable options (I have a MC-36)it is also possible to consider using the shutter delay which introduces a 0.4 lag between the mirror lifting and the shutter opening.
I have found when shooting flowers and insects that the timer delay is not much use, even at 2s delay, because subjects move too much or a gust of wind comes along at the wrong moment. So if I don't have my cable I just use the shutter delay. It has worked so far.
Exposure delay is ok for some lenses or when you don't have a release available, but 0.4s is not long enough for some long lenses. Try firing your camera with the self timer (no exposure delay) while looking through the viewfinder and see if the lens actually settles down in less than a half second or so. Some camera/lens/tripod combos could take 2-3 seconds to settle.