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Bought this for night (tripod) photography. It's something I do infrequently so I didn't want to be bothered with dead batteries in fancy remote controlled remote shutter releases. This unit fulfills my expectations but for a simple contact, it's way overpriced. I'm happy with it and I'd buy it again, but someone along the supply chain is making, and I'm guessing here, but about 95% of the purchase price.
Having recently replaced a battered and bruised tripod, I thought that replacing my untethered shutter release was a good idea. I placed the order and took delivery within a few days. What more can I ask for?
I've always thought paying that little bit extra for Nikon equipment was money well spent, and so far on first trial Ilthis would seem the case. The eemote feels well built and sturdy, the quality shines through. It literally is plug and play, or rather click.
Writing a full review would mean taking it out into the field, but so far it does exactly what I want it to do, that's operate and stand up to abuse.
This Nikon branded MC-DC2 has good build quality and worked immediately on plugging into my D5300 to set the focus of my camera. On the negative, the cable is very short and cannot be disconnected from the remote itself - I required a longer cable as I wanted to use the remote to focus when in video mode from some distance away. Given the price £29, quite honestly its overpriced (you can buy a similar non-branded version for £10) however for those taking photos (rather than video) and who are going to use it on a regular basis the price reflects the build quality and hopefully means this Nikon version of the MC-DC2 should last a lot longer and be more durable than the non-branded, cheaper versions.
Upgraded from a Bridge camera to a Nikon DSLR and soon realised that you can only prevent camera shake during long exposures by using this remote cord ( unlike my old Nikon FE 35mm film camera which allowed you to screw in a cable release ). The cable is long making the remote easier to use and can be locked when using the camera on the " bulb " setting for very long manual exposures.
A great little device to help you take super-sharp photos, when your camera is on a tripod (or securely fixed/clamped so it cannot move). The device fastens into a covered socket on the camera body. The initial fixing can be a little difficult but with a few practice goes it becomes easy. With the remote cord in place you can sit back and just press the button when you want a photo. I've found it great for taking star shots: after setting up the camera its just a matter of lying back on a recliner and pressing the button, and pushing it forward to clamp it on, then leaving for however long you require the exposure to be. The button can then be easily released to close the shutter. Its also been good for photographing birds in the garden: I focus the camera on the bird feeder, from the kitchen window and sit back. When a bird lands on the feeder press the button and you get the photo. A downside is the length of the cord limits the distance you can be from the camera, but its better than the infra-red devices which don't have this problem but have to be used from in from of the camera.
Sometimes simple is best, and having used the Nikon remote control version of the shutter release for a couple of years I bought this MC-DC2 wired version. I have to say I do prefer it. The remote version can be a bit flaky and does not always fire all the time however with this cable straight into the camera works perfectly each time on both my Nikons - so a big thumbs up for this :)
The MC-DC2 allows you to fire the flash while I'm standing away from the camera (thus reducing camera shake, especially if you're using non-VR lenses). This took a bit of practice on my part, but seems to work a treat now.