Remote shutter release method will come handy when you want to take Fireworks photograph, Night photograph or any long exposure shooting where camera shake will be the main problem. If you want to trigger your camera shutter remotely, you have two options. One is to use wired remote shutter release cord and the other is to use wireless remote control.
Few months ago, I had posted a blog about Nikon MC-DC2 wired remote shutter release cord and now I feel to write something about wireless remote control for remote shutter release. There are lots of rumors and speculations about using wireless remote control. So I am trying to put my own experience and opinions about this accessories.
There are some reviews which say it has to have proper line of sight with camera IR sensor to trigger the camera shutter remotely. But I think it depends on how are you taking picture and I can’t really complain about this feature. And the other feature that lots of people are concerned about is it’s Autofocus feature. There is no doubt that this remote is able to autofocus the lens before triggering the shutter but it will not re-focus if the shutter release button has already been pressed halfway down to focus the subject. To focus using wireless remote control, it is better idea to compose your shot but do not use camera’s shutter release button half way down to focus it but use wireless remote control instead. Does it make sense to you? I think it does.
Lots of people complain that it doesn’t come with any instruction on how to use it when you buy it. Here is simple instruction on how to sync your wireless remote control with your DSLR camera.
How to use ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control?
I believe in most of the Nikon camera, you go to Custom Settings Menu (CSM) with the pencil icon and then go to Release mode. There you can specify which method you want to use to release your shutter button. With Nikon D90, its even much easier than that. D90 comes with release mode button just to the right of the LCD panel. This button has set timer icon and wireless remote icon nearby. While pressing that button, you have to rotate main command dial to change your release mode option. You can change from single shot to continuous shot to timer shot to wireless remote mode. Once you change your release mode option to wireless remote (It will display wireless remote icon on the LCD display), you are ready to use wireless remote control to trigger shutter.
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control supports Nikon P7000, D3000, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D7000, D70s, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras.