I am in the market for a remote 10 pin remote release for my D800. While on a shoot over the weekend, a friend loaned me a MC-30, which according to the Nikon site, is suppose to work. When plugged it the shutter went off about 8-10 times automatically and then would not fire the camera when the button was depressed. He told me they have another one, newer, and costs about $180 -- which is way more than I want to spend for the few times I need one. Does anyone have experience using a 3rd party with the D800??? Not just one that is "supposed" to work but actual experience using them together. Both of us want to know.
I recently bought a Nikon MC30-A, the successor to the MC-30. It costs about $65 from B&H. Don't be tempted to buy the older and slightly cheaper MC-30 which is still available at some stores and sites. While in most respects the the MC-30 and MC-30A are identical, the thumbwheel for securing the release to the camera is much improved (it's bigger) on the MC-30A, making it a lot easier to attach and remove. It can sometimes be difficult to remove the MC-30, the MC-30A is always easy to remove. My MC30-A replaces an MC-30, which I bought some years ago for my D200. Once attached, both work on my D800 as claimed - i.e. they duplicate the action of the camera's release button with no problems.
I have used the Nikon MC-30 with my D800 without any problems. It has worked everytime since Mar-2012 when I purchased my D800. But recently (maybe a month ago), I switched to a wireless remote and also very pleased with it. So, my Nikon MC-30 is sitting in a closet awaiting a new owner.
I purchased a Hahnel 31" Remote Shutter Release with 80" Extension Lead from Amazon. Costs about 30 bucks. Works well and the 80" lead is convenient when I am working in the studio doing product shoots.