Sun 25-Oct-09 05:00 AM | edited Sun 25-Oct-09 05:03 AM by T42
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.
I managed to find one made by Hama (Remote-control release Ni-1) and it cost only €25.
It does everything you could want, without LCD screens, batteries, etc. Hold down the button in CH or CL mode and it carries on shooting until you release the button. You can even lock it open for bulb mode.
I purchased a Mega Cleon Wireless Remote N8 on eBay for around $25 to $30. The first one had a problem when I received it, but they sent me a replacement free of charge.
It took a few weeks to receive the product (and replacement) since it was from Hong Kong, but it is a great value and functions well. I figure I can buy a couple Cleons before spending the same for the Nikon remote, plus I like the trigger options (connected or remote).
If you do a search on nikonians, you will find a ton of people using the Photo Cleons.
David D700 | 21/2.8 ZF.2 | 50/2 ZF.2 | 85/1.4 G | 100/2 ZF.2 | 200/2 G | 24-120/4 G
Sun 25-Oct-09 11:16 PM | edited Sun 25-Oct-09 11:19 PM by robsb
besides a Cleon I also use used MC-20's I purchased on eBay for about $30 a piece. they can either work from an internal battery or the camera battery. There are not remote releases but long cables that fit the 10 pin socket.
Want a free option without having to make one of your own???
Set your camera to Timer Mode and have your timer set to a 2 second delay. You can press the shutter yourself and the 2 seconds delay will stabilize the camera better before shooting and will settle the vibrations of you hitting the shutter button.
You could set your camera to mirror up mode and you could enable custom function D9 and set it to On (This delays the shutter 1 second after the shutter release button is pressed) which should help kill vibration before taking the photo. Just remember to disable the D9 setting when shooting stuff other than landscapes. Mirror lock up mode is best for steady shots and reduces vibration in the camera from that mirror slapping up and down so you can achieve sharper images.
That is useful to know, and I am glad that the camera can do that. I will need to experiment with it to get familiar with the procedure. I will also get a simple corded release too.
I saw mention of that when I was reading through the 444 page manual some time back. Then I forgot. And, to my embarrassment, I forgot about page 389, and which lists available Nikon options for the ten pin connector.
Guided by comments in this thread since yesterday, I have seen several websites which explain the pin-outs of the connector. Now I am thinking about buying some connectors or cables with them to do some experimenting.
Having a growing bone pile of defunct remotes I'll suggest you get what you pay for. The Nikon MC-30's price may seem exorbitant but it's probably reliable. I don't have one but I have an MC-20, which is very robust but the cable is too short for my liking so I use it as my old faithful backup. With the other cheap 3rd party remotes, I've learned the hard way always to carry a backup. The weak link is the connectors of course. The cheap ones apparently do not have good strain relief. _________________________________ Neil Nikonians Team My Gallery
Just a note about Cleon Wireless Remote N8. I noticed that this remote does not allow to use CL and CH modes, shutter simply doesn't work in these modes. My intention was to use remote for exposure bracketing burst in CH mode but now I see that this is not available with Cleon.
For several years I was with a girlfriend who grew up in Tokyo, the daughter of a Japanese mother and a German father. She went to the same school, tennis teacher, flower arranging and tea ceremony instructors as the present Empress.
I complained to her of the unnecessary complexity of some Japanese electronics--probably Hi-Fi rather than photo. She gave a characteristic little smile.