I dug out my ML-3 from the N90s days and decided to put some fresh batteries in it to test it out with the D700. I got some unusual behavior and am looking for some help.
I connected the receiver to the hot shot and connected it to the 10-pin port. Turned camera on and then turned on the receiver and then turned on the transmitter. Both were on Channel 1 and I had the camera set to AF-Single S and the transmitter set to S too.
The way my D700 is set up is I press the AF-ON button to focus.
I had the camera on the kitchen counter in Aperture Priority and I prefocused on a stationary stubject. I have the blinking red light on the transmitter so I know my batteries are good. Go to press the transmitter fire button and nothing. I changed the transmitter setting to C and got the same result.
I then turned everything off and set the camera to AF-C Continuous as well as the transmitter and as soon as the transmitter was powered on, the camera started firing frames in succession with me not even touching/pressing the transmitter button. After 4 or 5 frames I shut the power to the transmitter off.
Do I have a bad transmitter or is there some other setting with the D700 I need to change?
I also checked to ensure I had bracketing on the D700 set to off.
Thanks in advance.
Edit: Found my ML-3 manual and am going through that now however I see that I had the D700 set on CL (Continuous-Low) however the camera shouldn't be firing on its own. I'm starting to suspect that having the AF-ON instead of shutter half way down to focus in the culprit.
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#1. "RE: D700 and ML-3 Remote" | In response to Reply # 0gpoole Nikonian since 14th Feb 2004Sun 26-Jun-11 02:51 PM
I use a ML-3 on my D300 with no problem, so I expect it will work fine with the D700 as well.
My guess is that your your camera is set for focus priority in AF-S. That is the default. Because you use AF-ON (only?) for focus, the ML-3 will not activate the focus. The focus may have changed a bit between setting the camera up and triggering it with the ML-3.
When you switch to AF-C, the default is to use release priority, so focus isn't checked and the camera fires away. BTW the ML-3 instructions suggest always using AF-C. If you want single frame action using the ML-3 just switch the transmitter to single frame mode and leave the camera on AF-C.
One additional note: it is not necessary to put the receiver in the hot shoe. Doing so is just a convenience. I have often used the ML-3 with a flash in the hot shoe and the ML-3 receiver rubber banded to my tripod or just dangling from the cord.
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#2. "RE: D700 and ML-3 Remote" | In response to Reply # 1MrsNikon Nikonian since 06th Mar 2009Sun 26-Jun-11 11:35 PM | edited Sun 26-Jun-11 11:47 PM by MrsNikon
Thanks Gary ... I went back to the camera this evening and everything is working properly now however I was fiddling in the Autofocus custom setting menu and maybe I made a change there that was effective. When I looked at the succession of shots it was firing 4 frames earlier this morning that number happens to coincide with my setting in the D4 menu.
Thanks for the tip for switching the transmitter to single frame and leaving the camera on AF-C.
Just for the record in Custom Setting Menu I have
a1 set to Release + Focus
a2 set to Release
a5 set to AF-ON only
I think I am back in business. Will test again later in the week outside on a tripod.
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