I'm hoping someone can help me with what must be a simple problem that I can't figure out. Here's the background.
I just returned from an extended vacation to London and the Western Mediterranean, including Venice. While in London, I did some night shooting with my D7000 and used the Zeikos remote cable release with great results. However, when I tried to use the same Zeikos remote in Venice about 10 days later, I was unable to get it to work. I plugged it into the right slot - the only one that will accept it on the bottom left side slot. I tried to set the shutter for speeds varying from 1 to 30 seconds, but when I pressed the button on the Zeikos, nothing happened - nothing. I tried to slide the "lock" on the Zeikos, but it was disengaged. Nothing I did made any difference. I can't imaging what I could have done in the 10 days that changed the camera or settings. I even borrowed another Zeikos cable release from another photographer to check it out afterwards, and that one didn't work either.
Does anyone have any ideas? Is there a setting I could have changed unwittingly making the camera unresponsive to remote shutter release? I've not been able to come up with anything.
I believe the remote release mode applies to the ML-L3 infrared remote only. With a remote release plugged into the accessory terminal as you would with the Zeikos, you don't have to set release mode dial to remote - in fact, if you did, the shutter would probably not release.
The only other setting I can think of that would affect shutter release using a remote is if the AE-L/AF-L button on the back of the camera had been set to AF-ON (menu choice F5). In that case, the camera would likely not focus using the remote and the shutter might not release depending on your focus setting and whether you have the camera set to focus priority for shutter release (menu a2).
>I believe the remote release mode applies to the ML-L3 >infrared remote only. With a remote release plugged into the >accessory terminal as you would with the Zeikos, you don't >have to set release mode dial to remote - in fact, if you did, >the shutter would probably not release.
Good to know, as I have the ML-L3. I have never tried the wired remote, nor do I have one. I often forget to switch to CL after using the remote and miss a shot because it won't fire with the shutter release. Frustrating indeed.
I've typically purchased third-party remotes for past cameras (and regular replacements) as they are cost-effective but their cabling does not last. I purchased one for my D7000 that did not work on arrival and replaced it with a Nikon release that works reliably.
I see you've tried another Zeikos cable, but perhaps get your hands on a genuine Nikon release just to see if that solves the problem or not.