I've been looking around for a remote shutter release for my D5000. Just found out that the cable one cost more than the wireless. I'm told that the wireless one does not have a bulb mode for long exposures. Wireless has a lag. Wireless is about 20 bucks. Cable is twice as much.
Would I be wasting my money if I got the wireless one for now? Which one do you use most offen? I know it would depend of what your shooting and scenario. I'm not really getting into shooting in bulb mode right now but would want to experiment with long exposures. I guess you really don't need a remote for this because you can use the timer. The remote, I think can come in handy though because you don't have to press the shutter all the time. In the D5000 it always goes back to the regular mode after you shoot with a timer so you have to change this all the time.
To be able to release the shutter from behind the camera. The Cable that you need is the Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord.
>Do you have to be in front of the camera to use the ML-L3?
When indoors in a room with light colored walls the infrared light will bounce off the walls and reflect to the sensor on the front of the camera. Outdoors aimimg the remote towards the sensor on the front of the camera from the front or side is the most reliable method. Some have made a reflector out of foil to bounce the infrared light to the sensor, so they could trip the shutter from behind the camera. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I got a non-branded ML-L3 remote for less than £2 from Amazon.co.uk and it is working fine! Just search for ML-L3 and don't worry about it not being Nikon branded. Mine has 'shoot' on it, and it works fine as a straight forward release, when you have set the camera for remote release mode in the menu.
Use the 2 second delayed release mode if you're worried about light beams affecting your picture (I read that this is an issue for some people).
I hope this helps!
****************************************** I'm a very amateur photographer and have just got myself a D5100 with kit lens, plus a 55-300 lens - liking it so far but loads to learn.