A few samples from my first day with the D800....

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
ianbramham Veteran Member • Posts: 4,316
Re: Remote

mnodonnell wrote:

ianbramham wrote:

Hi Roman,

I guess you will be using your D800 in a similar manner to the way that I use mine - on a tripod with mirror-up and a cable release plugged into the 10 pin port on the camera.

That's the way that I've been using mine over the last 6 months. I'd read about the problems with the 10 pin port coming loose but after 6 months of heavy use of the port I didn't think my own camera had the issue. 2 weeks ago however it failed.

I used my D700 for nearly 3 years in exactly the same way without a problem so it was a bit frustrating that Nikon seemed to have changed the port design for something inferior (or else they have a problem with QC)

The D800 is currently with Nikon for warranty repair at the moment but I've decided not to risk it failing a second time so I've ordered this extension cable https://www.ppsna.com/product_info.php/products_id/738 which I plan to attach permanently to the camera. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

If anyone else reading this has advice they can give me on the issue of the 10 pin port I'd be very interested.

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Ian, I use the RFN-4s made by SMDV.  It's a wireless system with a small unit attached to the camera via the 10-pin port and a separate remote control to trigger the shutter.

I've been using it for 6 months with no problems.

I doesn't have any extended features (like a timer, intervalometer, etc.), just the shutter release.

It might work for you because you can have the camera-mounted unit on nearly full-time.  It's small enough that you will not notice it when shooting handheld and it presents no problems going into the bag.

For your bulb/MUP work you'd press once to raise the mirror, press and hold until the light goes out to open the shutter, then press once more to finish the exposure.


Thanks for that Michael.

I think John said he uses something similar to your set-up and he's also very happy with it. The reason that I decided to order that extension cable is that I already own two (very expensive) Nikon MC-36 remote timer controls which are very versatile and which I'd like to keep using.

On a more positive note, I've had an email from Nikon this afternoon telling me that the D800 has now been repaired (fully under warranty) and that it's on it's way back to me. That's a 1 week turnaround which is better than I was expecting.

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