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Why $175 for a measly cable release?!

T42

Atlanta, US
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Sun 25-Oct-09 05:00 AM | edited Sun 25-Oct-09 05:03 AM by T42

Hi Folks.

Why is it that photographers have to fork over USD $175 for an electronic twinkleblinkie-laden remote controller excuse for a cable release for a D700? The infinitely simple, infinitely reliable, infinitely durable, very inexpensive, basic cable release has no place on the D700 and many other Japanese made cameras these days.

It's a clear case of what the manufacturer wants being put in front of and in place of what photographers might actually prefer. Even Leica with their latest M9 FX digital camera retained basic cable release support.

But Nikon? No way. We are forced into using a "feature rich," battery dependent, far more complex, and certainly much more fragile remote controller instead.

I am very interested in alternatives to this self-serving diversion from photographers' best interests by Nikon. If no hack or obvious solution is available, then I would like to understand the pinouts for an electronic remote. That shutter release button has got to be completing or opening a circuit someplace.

Does anyone have a schematic of what is going on with the connector pins? I just want basic cable release support, no more.

Thanks!

Henry Fisher

A Certified Dinosaur
Nikons F, F2, D700, L35AF, Leica M3, & Kiev 4a

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