I need some suggestions for a wireless remote for a D700. Thanks.
#1. "RE: Wireless Remote?" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 13-Oct-10 11:49 AM
Amongst the optical / infrared ones, the Nikon ML-3 (not ML-L3, which is for the low-end cameras and does not work on the upper models) is expensive but very reliable. It is, however, an IR remote, meaning that it has some notable disadvantages, such as distance and line-of-sight requirement. Priced at a rather ridiculous $275, I bought mine used for about $120, and even that seems pretty expensive. But it's been 100% reliable for years. Also, it includes a remote trigger capability: if you set up the remote in trigger mode, anything passing between the remote and the sensor causes the shutter to fire. I've never used it in practice, but it does work.
Amongst the radio remotes, the Phottix is the one that seems to be used the most; recommendations are pretty near universally good. They're cheap (in addition to being inexpensive) but abusing a remote is really kind of hard, so that does not seem to matter much. They tend to get lost far more often than broken. About $40 from what I recall.
I use a Hahnel remote, which costs more than the Phottix, and has proven to be reliable and vastly more range than any IR. I've used it across an equestrian ring, which is about 200-300 feet, and it's reliable at that distance. I tried it further than that - unscientifically, but sufficient to prove to me that it works at greater than 300 feet but also is limited to considerably less than 1000 feet. The one thing I don't like about it is that the hand-held part lacks a guard on it, and it tends to get the button pressed while in the bag. Now I carry it separately. One nice feature is that even if the hand-held is dead, you can still use the sensor as a (very short) wired cable release. For those who have multiple cameras, this remote works with mid-range bodies too, even some without the 10-pin connector that is universal on Nikon's pro bodies. An adapter allows the sensor to be plugged into D5000/90 class bodies as well. About $75 at B&H.
The premiere solution is a Pocket Wizard, which has a number of other features, distance to 1600 feet, and a price tag to match. Probably the better solution if you're also wanting to use flashes with radio control. If I'm not mistaken, a set (transmitter, receiver) is about $550.
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#3. "RE: Wireless Remote?" | In response to Reply # 0
I had a Phottix Plato N8 which worked beautifully with my D700 and D300 but it fried a week or two ago. I mean it really fried, as in molten plastic. I put the battery in backwards (uhh, an unexpected hazard of using the wireless remote in poor light conditions). Within seconds I smelled burning plastic and then discovered smoke coming out of the receiver. It was gone.... I liked the Phottix a lot. But not wanting to tempt fate, I bought myself a Vivitar wireless remote to replace the Phottix. I got it from B&H for $38 USD, almost half the cost of the Phottix when you buy it from them direct (for whatever reason, neither ebay or Amazon have had the N8 version available lately).
My Vivitar arrived today and I'm very impressed so far. It seems to have a better range than the Phottix, although I think they are rated about the same. It does not require a direct line of sight like the hugely overpriced Nikon ML-3 does. I tried firing it through walls, from downstairs to upstairs, through glass doors, and did what I could to outsmart it. Worked like a charm, and while it seems more effective than my dearly departed Phottix, I never had a chance to test them side by side so it may be my imagination.
Now, as long as I don't put the battery in backwards in the Vivitar, I should be ok....
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#4. "RE: Wireless Remote?" | In response to Reply # 0
I have a wireless (blue tooth) GPS from www.foolography.com . They just informed me that they now have reconfigured the GPS unit so that the way point button will function as a remote release. Their blue tooth GPS is excellent and I just ordered a second unit for my D200. You will get a GPS with wireless remote release for about $400.
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#7. "RE: Wireless Remote?" | In response to Reply # 6chevysales Registered since 08th Nov 2008Wed 20-Oct-10 11:38 AM
+1 Phottix Plato (i think N8) from big seller on ebay that many use... i think HKsupplies (etofore)
had previous one but lost it.
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#8. "RE: Wireless Remote?" | In response to Reply # 6ctadin Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008Thu 21-Oct-10 05:54 PM
I have been quite happy with my Pocket Wizard's Plus II's. I used them last week shooting a senior portrait outdoors, in bright sunlight, no problems whatsoever with my flashes firing.
They cost about $169 each.