10/01/2010

How To Use ML-L3 Remote Control

Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras
 The optional ML-L3 remote control (shown above) can be used for self-portraits or to reduce blur caused by camera shake. There are two settings that can be used with the ML-L3.



Shooting mode
Description
 Delayed remote
Gives operator time to pose when taking self-portrait using
remote control.
 Quick-response remote
Ensures quick shutter response; can be used to reduce blurring
caused by camera shake.

Long Time-Exposures

When the ML-L3 remote control is used in M mode, users can selected '- -' as the shutter speed. At this setting, the shutter opens when the shutter-release button on the optional ML-L3 remote control is pressed (2 seconds after the button is pressed in delayed remote mode) and remains open until the remote-control shutter-release button is pressed a second time (maximum exposure time is 30 minutes). Nikon recommends using a fully-charged EN-EL3 battery or an optional EH-5 AC adapter when using long exposures. For information regarding using the ML-L3 with flash please see the Cameras User manual.

Using the ML-L3 remote control:

  1. Mount the camera on a tripod (recommended) or place the camera on a stable, level surface.
  2. For D90 users:  Press the   button and rotate main command dial until   (delayed remote) or  (quick response remote) is displayed in the control panel. 
  3. Frame the photograph. In autofocus (AF) mode, the camera shutter-release button can be used to check focus, although only the shutter release-button on the remote control can be used to release the shutter. Note - To ensure correct exposure in modes other than M, cover the viewfinder eyepiece with your hand or with the supplied DK-5 eyepiece cap before pressing the shutter-release button. This will prevent light entering via the viewfinder from interfering with the autoexposure operation.Aim the transmitter on the ML-L3 at the infrared receiver on the camera and press the shutter-release button on the ML-L3 (when using the remote outdoors, make sure that the subject is not backlit and that the line of site between the transmitter and the infrared receiver is not blocked by the lens or other obstacles). The maximum operational distance of the ML-L3 is 5m directly in front of the camera.
  4. Aim the transmitter on the ML-L3 at the infrared receiver on the camera and press the shutter-release button on the ML-L3 (when using the remote outdoors, make sure that the subject is not backlit and that the line of site between the transmitter and the infrared receiver is not blocked by the lens or other obstacles). The maximum operational distance of the ML-L3 is 5m directly in front of the camera.

  5. Custom Setting 2
    Shooting mode
    AF-S (Single-servo AF)
    AF-C (Continuous-servo AF)
     Delayed remote
    Once camera has focused, self timer lamp will blink for 2s before shutter is released. If unable to focus, camera will return to standby without releasing shutter.
    Self-timer lamp blinks for 2s before shutter is released. Camera does not focus.
     Quick response remote
    Shutter is released immediately after camera focuses. Self-timer lamp will flash when shooting is complete. If unable to focus, camera will return to standby without releasing shutter.
    Camera releases shutter immediately without focusing. Self-timer lamp will flash when shooting is complete.
    To return to single-frame or continuous shooting mode, turn the camera off or rotate the mode dial to another setting. The shooting mode in effect before remote control mode was selected will also be restored if no operations are performed for the time selected for Custom Setting 25. The default setting is one minute.


Alternative to Nikon ML-L3
Opteka RC-2 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D3000, & D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Nikon ML-L3 Replacement)

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