This is an example to show why I think “Accessories” deserves a section of its own, or at least a subheading under the Gear discussion threads.
I suspect most of us have cable releases of some sort in our kits, whether we use them or not. I’m actually on my third MC-36A Multi-Function Remote Cord in two years. I seldom need all the extra controls, but use it anyway as a simple release because it’s in the bag. That’s three of them in two years at $159.95 each!!! The problem is the skinny little camera fitting and what appears to be a poor connection to the cord. You barely have to hang the cord up on anything or tug it from the wrong direction to damage the fitting or part the cord.
Enter the devilishly simple Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared) at only $17.95. It’s tiny and cheap. It works like a champ. Heck, I suspect even the replacement battery lasts longer than the life span of my MC-36A.
Only a couple of setup tricks are needed, both in your camera manual or the online manual. As a first step you have to tell your camera to respond to the release. Second step is to adjust the time the camera stays sensitive to the unit if it goes to sleep. Default is for it to revert back to the shutter the moment the camera is idle long enough to go into sleep mode. You can reset that it to 15 minutes.
I love this little thing! Even when it’s active you can still use the normal release on your camera body. But at times when you’re shooting a static subject but need to move away from the camera, it goes right with you and is ready for action with the flick of a finger.