Has anyone depleted the battery in their Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control? I'm wondering what the approximate number of shutter activations I'll get before it needs to be replaced (excluding storage depletion).
I acquired my ML-L3 in 12/ 2007. I'm just a hobbyist and don't have an exact count, but a conservative guess would be that I have at least 1000 clicks (probably much more than that though) and it still seems to be going strong.
I just replaced the battery today and it still only works some of the time. I press the button and nothing happens. 10 presses later, it starts working!!! Then it stops working. This is getting old, fast. Camera is set for 'Quick Response' mode.
Is my remote defective? Hard to believe, but I guess it could happen.
I have not had a problem with the button on the ML-L3, but as Mike stated it can be finicky if you are not pointing the remote directly at the front or rear infrared receivers.
In the D7000 manual the locations are displayed on page 3 for the front and page 5 for the rear infrared receivers. The working distance must be 16ft. (4.8m) or less to work reliably. Unfortunately, it does not give the width of the infrared beam - but as we have discovered it must be very narrow.
Thanks, Jerry, for pointing out the infrared receivers and their locations. For some reason I cannot explain, it never occurred to me to look up where those receivers were (and I had no idea there was one on the back, which I will find helpful).
I too have never had any problems, so long as I point it at the camera. It is great for self portraits. My wife and I will use it when on vacation. Speaking of...a ML-L3 story.
Back in May, we visited the island of Hawaii and went the the Volcano National Park. Because of weight, I didn't bring my tripod. Instead I bought this GorillaPod.
At the park one evening we went to watch the crater glow from the heat at night. I set the camera and GorillaPod on this rock ledge and sat back about three feet on a stone bench. I had the camera set so the RGB histograms showed in the picture review.
Here I was snapping a picture every 10 seconds or so and adjusting the shutter speed based on the histograms. I wasn't paying attention to the people around me until someone asked me what were all the little graphs. It was then that I noticed about ten people all around me were paying more attention to me and my camera than the crater.
There was a young German couple there. The very beautiful young wife was sitting next to me on the bench. She inquired if I was a professional or not. When I said no, just an amateur, she asked if I would be wiling to send them a picture.
Heck, I would have said yes, even if I had been a professional photographer.