Any recommendations on the cheapest route for a wireless, remote shutter? I just used the little IR remote with my D80, and I know the D700 lacks an IR receiver, so it won't work. I think I saw some little RF thing you plug into the front of the camera with a matching remote for maybe $30? I can't remember exactly what it was.
Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just trigger the shutter. I'd prefer RF over IR.
One item I have is the Phottix Cleon. I have the N8, there is also an older N1, perhaps other newer or older models. Search on that, there are some good long threads here at Nikonians on these (maybe in the D300 forum?). There are also instructional videos on YouTube on the Phottix Cleon.
>I am thinking of buying the Phottix Cleon. Is it possible to >wirelessly trigger the D700 in Commander mode for CLS >lighting. I notice the receiver is attached to the hot shoe >of the camera.
That's a good question... I don't know for sure, but I *think* the only reason it attaches to the hotshoe is because that's a convenient place to put the receiver without it dangling off your body. I don't think it actually needs to be on the hotshoe. In that case, I imagine it'd work fine with CLS.
Hmm, I really like the very small size of the thing you plug into the camera, but I would not call it cheap. 39 UKP, roughly $58 USD, and it's infrared (requires line of site). The Chinese-made one frequently listed on eBay goes for around $30 and is RF. But it's bulky in comparison. In the end, I'd actually probably like the one you mentioned, because I can probably leave the IR sensor on the camera at all times.
>Hmm, I really like the very small size of the thing you plug >into the camera, but I would not call it cheap. 39 UKP, >roughly $58 USD, and it's infrared (requires line of site). >The Chinese-made one frequently listed on eBay goes for around >$30 and is RF. But it's bulky in comparison. In the end, I'd >actually probably like the one you mentioned, because I can >probably leave the IR sensor on the camera at all times. Hi irq Yes i know its way more than you asked for, but i had a dotline and i lost it when i was trekking through a forest,the reason was that i couldent mount the reciever on the camera. But again, if you dont use it in the "field" then you can use anything.
Is there a wireless receiver that'll work with "... the little IR remote", aka the Nikon ML-L3.
I've also upgraded from D80 to D700 and the ML-L3 was a gift from my eldest son on my 50th birthday in August (he also got me a ticket to see Queen fronted by Paul Rodgers which was superb ... but I digress). For sentimental reasons I'd like to keep & use the ML-L3.
Does anyone know if it works with the Phottix Cleon or the Hahnel HW 433 N80 (another 3rd party wireless remote).
I understand the ML-L3 works with the ML-3 modulite set but that's a lot of sentimentality ... about £120's worth!
Keep Shooting, Rob Appleby
D700, 16-85 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR DX, 85mm AF f/1.4, SB-800 & Serious NAS
I had to take group shot of my running club, including myself in the shot, and was quite embarrassed when the shutter wouldn't operate. I worked around it with the 20 sec shutter delay, but it wasn't ideal. During testing the following weekend I found that the max range was about 10-15 yds. Does anyone know of a remote release that'll work up to 100 yds?
I would switch from an IR control to an RF, Radio Frequency, control. I have Dot Line Wireless RF Remote Release for Nikon D100, D200 & D2 Series. It is good up to 100 feet and you do not need to have the controller visible in the picture. The connector does not screw in like the Nikon units, so it does not have the most robust connector. Even though the D3, D300, and D700 are not listed, the Nikon 10 connector is still wired the same way as it always has been. You will also have 16 different control channels.
I bought the Phottix Cleon as well off of ebay. It works well, but in the number of times that I've tested it outside it doesn't have anywhere near the advertised range. They say 100 meters. I say if you want any sort of reliability, even in unobstructed line of site, it's about half of that. With some branches in the way, the range is rather a mixed bag. I'd say 30 meters was about tops. I even replaced the included Chinese batteries with Energizers and there wasn't much difference. You can gain a few meters if you hold the extended tip of the transmitter antenna.
I tried the Hong Kong RF remote. Shipping time was quite good. It all worked just fine ... well, almost. The 10-pin connector WILL go on properly or 180 degrees out but that is pretty hard to do. The other minor problem was that with the D700 set for Cl shutter relesse at 3 frames per second, a single remote release always wound up with two frames taken. Easy to fix by just setting the release mode to "S" (single).
As for range: I didn't really care because it is such an economical alternative to the Nikon remote cable. When the time comes for a range longer than the area of my back yard, I'll either use a little bare wire to make the transmitter antenna closer to 1/4 wavelength at 350 MHz or (better yet) do some brain surgery on the receiver to figure out how to improve its antenna (which is not external although maybe it uses the cable for an el-cheapo antenna). (I guess I can say that since I am into electronics rather deep.)
For you hackers, the remote is cheap enough to caniblize just for the connector ... which had a metal threaded ring. Make your own $750 full-up remote and publish the project. Nikon deserves it for their incredibly overpriced accessory policies.
Another clue: a six-foot C to A HDMI cable to connect the camera to a laptop is available from monoprice.com for about $10 including sales tax and postage. Ten minutes after placing the order, a tracking # appeared by e-mail. Plan: use the laptop as a big viewfinder when taking pictures of things that are hand held (think babies, dogs, etc.) so you can manage without being behind the camera. I'll post an update when the cable arrives.
Just to throw in my $0.02. I purchased the N8 Mega in early October 2008 and as of a couple days ago, the receiver is no longer functioning. I took good care of it, and it just stopped working. $34 is a great price for a wireless remote, that is, until it stops working, and the company is in Hong Kong and doesn't reply to emails even though their Customer Service & return policy states "Your Satisfaction Is Our No. 1 Goal". You could buy 4 for the price of a nice Nikon brand remote, and you just may need to. I am disappointed in an 8 week life span.