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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT for exposures OVER 30 MINUTES, 17 Feb. 2010
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Bought this for my Nikon D90. It's a great price for what it is. Small, but great ergonomics. The button feels resilient and has a satisfying 'click' to it. I've also found the range to be good as well; tested it up to approx 40m and it worked well (ran out of space indoors after that so couldn't test it further).

There are a few drawbacks, however.

1. I bought this for making long exposures in the D90's 'bulb' mode. In this mode, the first click of the button will open the shutter and it will stay open until the second button press. However, for some unknown reason, the shutter will only stay open for a maximum of 30 minutes! I had been hoping to make exposures longer than this and did not realize that one can only do this with the WIRED remote. Seems silly that this remote cannot do the same as the wired one and I'll now have to make a second purchase.

2. The button is not a 2-stop trigger mechanism, like the shutter release on the D90, or indeed on the WIRED remote! A minor point, but again, I do not see why this feature could not be implemented if it is present on the wired remote. Maybe to keep costs down?

3. The remote has to be pointed at the front of the camera to work. Again, a minor point, and I have been able to 'bounce' the signal off walls, quite effectively, to use the remote from the side of the camera.

In conclusion, I wouldn't buy this remote if I had the choice again. For long exposure work it is far better to have the wired remote. For taking self-portraits etc. in front of the camera, however, it may be useful if you do not want to work with the camera's self-timer.
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Initial post: 28 May 2010 11:56:54 BDT
the timer has its draw backs when you have to keep pressing the shutter release for every subsequent exposeure disturbing the composition and having to stop for ever frame. the remote allows endless retakes without having to move.

As for the two step complaints, it's a moot point as you can't see what the cameras auto focus has grabbed anyway, you just have the trust it!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2010 21:27:23 BDT
Mike96 says:
With the D40 at least, the camera resets itself out of self timer mode after each shot, creating a real hassle which the remote would remove.

Posted on 2 Sep 2011 11:31:23 BDT
R. A. Taylor says:
In respect of standing at the rear of the camera, I have a small hand mirror that I attach to the tripod and bounce the signal that way. This works very well and evry time

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 15:48:32 GMT
Woody Turner says:
Sorry, can't agree that the points made are "drawbacks". A proper read of the camera's user manual would have given this information before purchase, thereby saving the purchase price if it did not suit your needs.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 06:59:55 GMT
BSW says:
All fair points above, I suppose.

I just thought I would save everyone from having to read the user manual cover to cover (which I don't actually think contains this information about this remote) in order to find this out.

It still just seems a little odd to me that this remote cannot perform this function when the wired remote has no trouble at all!

Those of you who do nothing but take self portraits, this is the product for you!
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