Just got a Satechi remote switch, which seems to work fine (electrically) on both my D700 and my D200. The metal collar screws easily into the D200, but not the D700. The space is too crowded for me to get a good grip on it. I push down as best I can, but the threads won't catch.
I saw in an Amazon review that someone had this problem with the Nikon-branded switch also.
Has anyone gotten their remote switch screwed into a D700 and, if so, are there any tricks you can share?
Grit your teeth and take a deep breath. I have been doing a lot of night photography lately, and every time I go to screw in the D700's remote cable release i want to scream. I now attach it before I put the camera in my bag, as it's almost impossible to do when the camera is on the tripod and it would take an act of God to do it in the dark...
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I have both the MC 30 and the MC 36 (genuine parts, hideously expensive from Nikon for what they are), and in all honesty both of them are a bear to thread. I think Nikon's engineers actually dropped the ball a bit when it comes to the coupling connection for these accessories. The rest of the camera is so ergonomically brilliant, and yet attaching the remote cable release accessories is no simple nor easy task. Especially in the field. There is no obvious reference and the threaded collar is minute, tiny even, and awkwardly positioned. In my ever so humble opinion, the short right angle of the pin fitting is largely to blame. Who actually has fingertips that small to screw on the threaded collar when the in-connector is inserted into the coupling? It's simply bad product design.
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I also use Nikon’s MC-36 remote release with my D700. I do manage to tighten the threaded collar when necessary, but it usually takes me a try or two to get the threads started.
Depending on how critical my shot is, how long I plan to use the remote for and whether I will be moving my camera around or if it’s just going to stay onto of my tripod, I also use the remote without screwing it in. The connection is firm enough that I have never had the cord pop out unexpectedly. In fact my remote is currently plugged into my camera on my tripod without being screwed in from a series of interval photos I took last night over the course of eight hours. The camera is pointed down at a 60-degree angle too and the cord is firmly in place.
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I pull the knurled knob back push align the plug with the socket and push the plug in. Then I turn the knurled knob to the left a 1/4 turn and then turn it to the right to tighten. Bib fingers make this difficult, but the "O" ring addition, thank your Hal, should make this easier and the "O" ring is a lot kinder to the skin.
Now I have to go to my hardware store and buy some for my 10 pin accessories.
Open the cover for the PC connector as well as the cover for the 10 pin socket. This will give your fingers more room. You can close the PC connector cover after your 10 pin device is screwed in.
Take your 10 pin device to the local hardware store and find the thickest o-ring that will fit tightly around the knurled part of the screw in plug. This will give you a lot more grip on the plug.I found a 5/16 inch ring works best for me. See here for more discussion of this idea.
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Well, I DO have an MC 30- 3 of them to be exact. I think they ARE a bit rough to get in, and screwed up tight. These days, I keep an MC 30 on the D 700 at all times and have it on BEFORE I step out the door. In addition, I have of late included a very small pair of channel locks in with the D 700, just to make sure it is snug. NO GORILLA fingers here are required, just snug it up.
I accidentally put two o rings on the remote, one to grip the other behind, it puts pressure on the flange , it works even better than the one o ring. Thanks to the guy who came up with the original 1 o ring
I pretty much gave up trying to screw the MC-30 remote into the D700. I did get it once or twice after 15-20 minutes. Most of the time I give up & say screw it, so to speak. It seems to work fine if you just plug it in. The odd thing is that I am able to get the same remote properly attached to my old N90S film camera pretty easily. I shall try the O-ring strategy. Another approach I was considering was to remove the lens so you'd have more room for your fingers. Boy, do I miss the good old mechanical shutter releases from the old days.
I have to ask, how do you "accidentally" put two O rings on the remote? That makes me think back to when my kids were small and there was a fuss in the other room. According to my daughter, she had "accidentally" hit her brother, and that's why he was crying.