Cable release or wireless remote, and L bracket
I have always just used the Nikon wireless remote, but I see many using a cable release. What are the advantages/disadvantages of a cable release? Which cable releases do people like?
Also, I want to start using an L bracket for my soon to be ordered D800e. I'm not sure how the door and cable release connection will work with the L bracket, particularly in portrait position ( I do lots of panoramas using an RRS panorama head). I'm looking at the RRS L brackets.
#1. "RE: Cable release or wireless remote, and L bracket" | In response to Reply # 0kodiak photo Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013Fri 31-May-13 03:12 AM | edited Fri 31-May-13 03:14 AM by kodiak photo
Let's start with the first question: remote or cable release?
Wireless remote are used primarily to trigger a camera that is not attended.
You setup the gear with a movement detector/trigger and you leave the scene.
In a case you want to capture a puma or else. Or you are at a witness distance
from an action and you want to choose the shooting moment.
The cable release could also be unattended. In cases like a time laps scenario,
or, attendeds, in mirror-up operations, I have the Nikon MC-36 which is quite
a little devil. I like it a lot, here is the link:
The MC-36 is very inexpensive in comparison to a wireless trigger
Now, for your second point: I'm looking at the RRS L brackets.
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#3. "RE: Cable release or wireless remote, and L bracket" | In response to Reply # 1Testing123 Nikonian since 25th Jan 2009Mon 03-Jun-13 09:33 AM
>The MC-36 is very inexpensive in comparison to a wireless
I would question the above statement as I’ve seen some wireless remotes that are in fact less expensive than Nikon’s MC-36.
Here’s a link to the MC-36 at B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nikon+MC-36&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=
Here’s a link to the Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote at B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/749293-REG/Vello_RCW_N1_Wireless_ShutterBoss_Timer_Remote.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/
This remote has very good reviews and seems to be a good copy of the MC-36.
Finally, here’s a link to the RFN-4s on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/RFN-4s-Wireless-Shutter-Release-connection/dp/B005PCDSBQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370257574&sr=8-1&keywords=nikon+d800+wireless+remote
This is a very popular remote as the receiver plugs directly into the 10-pin port and uses the camera’s battery power (the receiver does not require a battery) and also leaves the hot shoe free for other devices (flash, etc.).
I would agree that the MC-36 is less expensive than some Nikon wireless remotes such as the WR-1 shown here: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Remote-Transmitters/27115/WR-1-Wireless-Remote-Controller.html
(Prices are current as of June 3, 2013.)
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#2. "RE: Cable release or wireless remote, and L bracket" | In response to Reply # 0
I've been using the MC-36 cable release with RRS L Bracket for almost ten years on D4, D800E, D3, D300 and D200 with RRS ballhead and Markins ballheads with quick release clamps. I am pleased with use, however when the 10-pin connector is attached and you quickly change from landscape orientation to portrait, you need to take care in closing the quick release clamp so as not to unduley strain through sharp bending of the 10 pin connector cable's strain relief.
Purchase the specific RRS L bracket for your camera model to get best access to all connection ports.
L brackets are convenient and also quite useful with RRS "Wedding Bracket" for getting flash off the hotshoe and properly positioned over the lens for both landscape and portrait orientation and yet it stores flat in your bag.
#4. "RE: Cable release or wireless remote, and L bracket" | In response to Reply # 0
I've used cable releases for decades, but have mostly switched to wireless remotes now. They have the same function, which is to release the shutter without having to physically touch - and therefore potentially shake - the camera. I've used an MC-30 wired 10-pin release since I got a D2h about ten years ago, and it still resides in the main accessory bag. But I use it only as a backup these days. Mostly it's just a pain in the neck when moving the tripod from place to place, especially if I'm out in nature on a hike. It's not much of a problem if I'm doing, say, a studio shoot. On the other hand, wireless remotes can do more. I shoot equestrian events, sometimes with a third body relatively unattended - 100 feet across the ring, for example. The wired cables don't handle that case, the radio wireless ones do. And the wireless ones attach pretty concisely to the camera and/or tripod, with nothing dangling. I can leave the remote on a lanyard around my neck, or even just in my pocket. I have a Hahnel RF that works, but it has a number of ergonomic problems such as no way to turn off the remote, so it is not so hard to have the remote battery drained. I've just switched to some cheap Yongnuo 603n's. These are nicer in that they take standard AAA batteries, seem to have great range, and they also will fire my flashes remotely, albeit completely manually. For $25 per pair, it's a pretty good deal. The only down side I can think of to the wireless is that they do depend on batteries, and of course you can find yourself without - not an issue with a wired release like the MC-30, which is why it's still in the bag.
I use Kirk L-brackets (because my brick and mortar reseller carries Kirk and not RRS, and because I've never had a reason to consider switching), but there is definitely no issue with the 10-pin socket and a Kirk L-bracket. Almost by definition if I have the L-bracket mounted, I have a remote in use too. I don't think that the RRS ones are any different in this regard.
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