Nikon ML-L3: how to use Nikon’s IR remote
The Nikon ML-L3 IR remote (£15, $20) was introduced in 2004, alongside the Nikon D70. It’s compatible with most Nikon DX-format DSLRs, except the Nikon D3100, D300 and D300s, and nor will it work with Nikon FX-format cameras such as the D700 and D3s.
The ML-L3 triggers the camera using an invisible infrared beam. The receiver on the camera is a small round ‘window’, usually on the handgrip. On the Nikon D7000 it’s to the left of the pentaprism, and there’s also a receiver on the rear.
Like the self-timer, the Nikon ML-L3 removes the risk of camera-shake when you press the shutter release. In M mode, it also enables you to use exposures that last for longer than 30 seconds (when you’re shooting fireworks, for instance) without having to hold down the shutter button throughout.
Like the self-timer, it can be used to put yourself in the picture, but enables you to time the shot much more precisely. Operating the camera at a distance can be useful for many other applications too, such as photographing birds at a feeder. The maximum range is about five metres.
Operating Nikon’s IR remote is extremely simple – it really is just a case of ‘point and shoot’. However, the camera does need to be put into ‘remote’ mode first. Exactly how you do this varies between models.
In many cases, the mode is one of the drive mode options (such as continuous shooting or
self-timer). These are accessed through the Information Display on the rear screen of your camera.
Other Nikon cameras, such as the Nikon D90, have a release mode button. You need to hold this and turn the main command dial to select the remote mode. Finally, the Nikon D7000 has a dedicated release mode dial for easy one-touch selection.
How to use the Nikon ML-L3 IR remote
Step 1: Select the right mode
First of all, you need to set your camera to remote release mode: we’re using a Nikon D7000, which has a dedicated release mode dial.
Step 2: Secure your camera
Position the camera on a tripod (or other solid support) to frame the shot you want. Here, we’re setting up to shoot chickens as they feed on the ground.
Step 3: Focus on your subject
Use AF-S (Single-servo AF) focusing. Check the focus by pressing the shutter release button. Alternatively, focus manually at a pre-determined distance.
Step 4: Fire remotely!
Retreat to a suitable distance, aim the ML-L3 at the camera and press the button. If the shutter doesn’t release, check the camera is able to focus, or try moving closer.
And finally… Nikon ML-L3 carry case
Being so small, the ML-L3 is easy to lose! One way to keep it safe is to thread the carry case onto your camera’s neck strap.
on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 12:52 pm under Nikon DSLR Tips, Tutorials.
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