[ Last Updated on July 5th, 2017 ]
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 a use wired remote shutter release cord and the other one is to use a wireless remote control.
Few months ago, I had posted a blog about Nikon MC-DC2 wired remote shutter release cord and today I want to write something about wireless remote control for remote shutter release. There are lots of rumors and speculations about using the wireless remote control and through this blog post, I am trying to write down my own experience and opinions about this accessory.
In the past few weeks, I read some reviews about this unit where reviewers mentioned that it has to have a proper line of sight with the camera IR sensor to trigger the camera shutter remotely. I think it is a limitation of using any system that works in a Infrared technology that the line of sight is a must for it to work. It might a problem if you are completely out of the sight with the camera but I think this can be worked out and not a big deal. 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 a wireless remote control, it is a better idea to compose your shot but do not press camera’s shutter release button half way down to focus it but instead use the wireless remote control unit.
Lots of people complain that it doesn’t come with any instruction on how to use it when you buy it. Here is a simple instruction on how to sync your wireless remote control with your DSLR camera.
How to use ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control?
To setup a ML-L3 with your camera, most of the Nikon DSLRs come with the menu settings. If you go to the Custom Settings Menu (CSM) with the pencil icon, you will see the Release mode. This is where you can specify which method you want to use to release the shutter button. With Nikon D90, its even much easier than that. D90 and many new DSLRs come with the release mode button just to the right side of the LCD panel. This button has a set timer icon and a wireless remote icon nearby. While pressing that button, you have to rotate the 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 the wireless remote control to trigger the shutter.
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control supports Nikon P7000, D3000, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D7000, D70s, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras.