D90 - MC-DC2 modification! -> for 2.5mm connectors...instructions...

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Ari Aikomus
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D90 - MC-DC2 modification! -> for 2.5mm connectors...instructions...

Heh...Happy Halloween Nikon...(although this isn't Halloween trick really ;-D)

I like very much my Nikon D90 camera, but I didn't like so much Nikon's decision to made this new connector's type for it...quite frustrating, you know (what about all kind of nice remote timer/intervalometer shutter units, radio controlled wireless remote devices etc. All of them are available for D80/D200/D200/Canon/Pentax...But not for D90, because of this damn unique connector!)

So - I bought Nikon's overpriced MC-DC2 remote cord unit for D90 and made some modifications to it...In other words: Cut its cable off, and soldered 2.5mm stereo jack/plug connectors between cable!

(example Pentax DSLRs and Canon EOS 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D/XSi, 1000D, EOS Elan II/IIE, Elan 7/7E, Elan 7n/7ne, Digital Rebel, Rebel Ti, 2000, G, GII, X, XS, IX/IX Lite, EOS 30/33, 50, 500N, 500, 5000, 300, 300V, 3000N, 3000... USE THIS 2.5mm connector type)

Now I can use example these cheap but very well working (I had these with my pentax K20D camera) remote units with my D90:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Timer-Remote-shutter-for-Canon-450D-400D-350D-RS-60E3_W0QQitemZ250311616632QQihZ015QQcategoryZ64345QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

http://cgi.ebay.com/Wireless-Shutter-Release-fo-Canon-Rebel-XSi-XTi-RS-60E3_W0QQitemZ250311634311QQihZ015QQcategoryZ64345QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

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Here are my "very" quick modification/wiring instructions, if you are interested:

(picture above: these "remote device inside" and "connector" terms means of course Nikon's MC-DC2 unit and its connector)

(picture above: "green text for MC-DC2 cable's wiring" mean colours of wires inside MC-DC2 cable and where you must solder them on 2.5mm plug/jack connectors - NOTE -> you will find also red wire inside this cable, but it's additional wire without any function !)

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Meaning of wires inside MC-DC2's cable:

  • Black wire (also cable's sleeve) = "ground" of MC-DC2 wiring

  • Green wire = AF

  • White wire = Shutter

...when you short circuit black&green wires, camera will autofocus, and when you short circuit black, green & white wires, camera's shutter operate.

cheers,

Ari

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Re: D90 - MC-DC2 modification! -> for 2.5mm connectors...instructions...

cleaver. I wonder if you can find a socket of the same type.

Morris
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http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/~morris/POD

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Awesome and thanks for the modification pics as well
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Thanx Morris....(socket wonders)

Hi,

morris wrote:

cleaver. I wonder if you can find a socket of the same type.

Yes - indeed. This Nikon's new socket is about same size than example mini-USB or firewire (1394) connectors... But different enough that you can't make these fit to D90's connector.

However I'm pretty sure there is same kind of socket already in use in other kind of apparatus - we must only find it.lol...

Ari

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ibtrdia Regular Member • Posts: 175
Re: Thanx Morris....(socket wonders)

Many thanks for the wiring tutorial.

Any idea of wiring for GPS from the round ten pin to the new square connector on the D90 ?

Thanks.

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GPS wiring ? Yep - another interesting question....

Hi, and thank you for reply.

ibtrdia wrote:

Many thanks for the wiring tutorial.

Any idea of wiring for GPS from the round ten pin to the new square
connector on the D90 ?

I'm sorry, but so far I haven't any idea about wiring for GPS unit....But I can say that MC-DC2 cord's socket include only these three (+ sleeve) wires, so I am very much afraid that you can't use it for GPS projects.

Happy shootings,

Ari

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Thank you very much Fragrant Fire ! n/t

Fragrant Fire wrote:

Awesome and thanks for the modification pics as well
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ibtrdia Regular Member • Posts: 175
Re: GPS wiring ? Yep - another interesting question....

Ari,

Thanks for the heads up about the MC-DC2 cord.

Ari Aikomus wrote:

I'm sorry, but so far I haven't any idea about wiring for GPS
unit....But I can say that MC-DC2 cord's socket include only these
three (+ sleeve) wires, so I am very much afraid that you can't use
it for GPS projects.

Happy shootings,

Ari

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YES! It works perfectly !

Hi,

Today I tested (in real life situation) my cheap radio controlled Wireless Shutter Release (for Canon/Pentax SLR) with Nikon D90 camera...

...and yes, my modified "Nikon D90 remote connector/2.5mm jack" adapter operate without any problems...I'm so happy ! lol...

I focused&shot even 50 meters range from my D90 (manufacturer promised even 100meters range of action...):

Happy shootings,

Ari

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Ari Aikomus
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D90 with timer/intervalometer remote shutter ! incl. "video"

Hi,

This my little modification helped me to connect this cheap Timer remote shutter unit to my D90:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Timer-Remote-shutter-for-Canon-450D-400D-350D-RS-60E3_W0QQitemZ250311616632QQihZ015QQcategoryZ64345QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

...and guess what ? It operate great with D90 !! I'm so happy again...LOL.

However I was forced to make this movie with my antique Konica Minolta A2 camera (with this timer remote unit), because it took a lot of time to do this and I had to do other shootings with my DSLR:

So - time period was 50 hours, one shot every 30 minute...it's takes 100 pictures total. I made movie with quicktime player 7 pro. It's very easy with quicktime - you must only open image sequence in its file menu, choose images you like to use and choose what kind of movie you like to do (frame rates and so on..)

"flower movie" (small size - .mov file)
http://www.kultakaari.fi/arska/dpreview3/flowergrow2.mov

(large size - 4.6mt . mov file:)
http://www.kultakaari.fi/arska/dpreview3/flowergrow.mov

BTW - flower is "Gladiolus"

cheers,

Ari

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Hi Ari,

Thank you very much for this very useful post.

I have been told that Aputure are working on a Timer Remote for the D90, but until thay release this product, your information will be very useful to many D90 users.

Thanks again,
John
South Australia

Ari Aikomus
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Thank you John...

Hi,

koonunga wrote:

Hi Ari,

Thank you very much for this very useful post.
I have been told that Aputure are working on a Timer Remote for the
D90, but until thay release this product, your information will be
very useful to many D90 users.

Yes, I believe so - this modification isn't so hard to make, but very useful if need special remote units.

Thanks again,
John
South Australia

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jonnikray New Member • Posts: 1
Re: D90 - MC-DC2 modification! -> for 2.5mm connectors...instructions...

Thank you very much for your guide here Ari, I truly appreciate it. I have gone ahead and made all the changes you showed, unfortunately I cannot seem to get the TimeLapse (digital countdown) to work... The manual button triggers the camera, did I make a mistake somewhere?

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Hi jonnikray !

jonnikray wrote:

Thank you very much for your guide here Ari, I truly appreciate it. I
have gone ahead and made all the changes you showed, unfortunately I
cannot seem to get the TimeLapse (digital countdown) to work... The
manual button triggers the camera, did I make a mistake somewhere?

Do you still have that problem with timelapse ?

Ari

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robert popek wrote:

I just saw your interesting post, and found one of these remote with
connector for the D90 --- it was only a matter of time before this
was implemented.

ron2000 Senior Member • Posts: 1,208
Re: D90 - MC-DC2 modification! -> for 2.5mm connectors...instructions...

You do not have to DIY with this one:

Ben Seese Veteran Member • Posts: 3,367
Re: D90 - MC-DC2 modification! -> for 2.5mm connectors...instructions...

Thank you for that. I've been looking for such an adapter.

Here's their product page (it's the very last item on the list):
http://pc-mobile.net/nikongps.htm

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thanx robert...jiakgong remote is...

robert popek wrote:

I just saw your interesting post, and found one of these remote with
connector for the D90 --- it was only a matter of time before this
was implemented.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Timer-Remote-shutter-Cord-for-NIKON-D90-MC-DC2-MCDC2_W0QQitemZ230319160979QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamera_Camcorder_Remotes?hash=item230319160979&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Yep, thank you for that link!...I'm so happy that even third-party manufacturer can offer to us these nice equipments...Nikon can't offer anything else than overpriced MC-DC2 ...

These jiakgong gadgets are good ones - I have several of them...And this ebay seller "jiakgong" is very trustworthy deliverer.

cheers,

Ari

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thanx ron2000...

Wow! Just...great ;-D Thank you for this find.

Ari

ron2000 wrote:

You do not have to DIY with this one:

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