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(based on 38 ratings)
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Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 38 reviews)
89% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Durable(16), Easy to use(34), Improves function(13), Lightweight(27), Reliable(15)
Best Uses:
Everyday(4), Landscape photography(14), Macro photography(34), Portraits(9), Studio(22)
Cons:
Pricey / poor value(4)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(22), Photo enthusiast(4), Professional(4), Semi-professional(8)
Was this a gift?:
No(4)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Works great
By RWSVerified Purchaser from Boise, ID on 3/13/2011
Pros:
Easy To Use, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Works great for remote shutter release on Nikon D#00 models. A must have for any tripod application to minimize camera shake; especially long exposures like astro-photography. Half-press works just like the on-camera shutter release button. Works with camera self-timer to let you get into a group shot.

 
works
By FNGVerified Purchaser from Philadelphia, PA on 3/13/2011
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Cons:
Expensive
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

works perfectly, and for the price it better should.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Very useful tool
By GPVerified Purchaser from Atlanta, GA on 3/6/2011
Pros:
Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Cons:
Expensive, Short length
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

You have to have a remote cable for Macro Photography. This one is simple and easy to use. Would be a better product if it was 12 inches longer.

 
A must for your DSLR
By WattigniesVerified Purchaser from Euroland on 10/31/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Unfortunately Nikon does not allow standard flexible cords to connect onto their DSLR's. Then there is no other choice than to buy this cord which does the job.

 
Expensive but a MUST HAVE!!
By SimoPhotographyVerified Purchaser from Boston, MA on 5/4/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

It does what it is supposed to do. I wish Nikon had the new D300s equipped with the infrared eye so I could use the $20 remote control I used with the D70. I find it hard to screw it on the D300s, but definitely something I needed.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Reliably does what it is suppossed to do
By ruaidhriVerified Purchaser from Rhode Island on 1/10/2010
Pros:
Lightweight, Reliable
Cons:
A little pricey
Best Uses:
Everyday use, Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio, Traveling
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Does exactly what it is supposed to do simply and reliably; though it is a little tricky to get the threaded screw started. That's not a regret, just an observation.

 
GREAT ! ! !
By Top Quality PhotoVerified Purchaser from Puerto Rico on 10/2/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Cons:
Don't feel too strong, The price is high
Best Uses:
Everyday use, Home, Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio, Traveling
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

2 reasons for not give 5 star... #1 It don't feel strong enough and 2nd the price is too high for the technology and materials used... Besides that, its great for macro and low speeds. The control feels very good to operate and acts like camera shutter (half way = focus) (all way down = take the picture)... Obiously Need good tripod. I first use it to shot some butterflies in the door of the refrigerator, I was amazingly with the sharp result and clarity of the image... something that would be imposible w/o tripod and this remote.

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Works Perfectly
By WarrenVerified Purchaser from Petaluma, CA on 9/3/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Everyday use, Home, Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio, Traveling
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Excellent product for ensuring tack-sharp photos.

 
A Must Have
By GeorgeVerified Purchaser from Groveland, Florida on 9/3/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio, Wildlife Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I have used remote triggers for years when I want to get the very sharpest photo I can get. This product is lightweight, dependable and simple to use. While less functional than Nikon's MC-36, it is a less expensive, simple, battery-free solution when a timer or intervalometer is not needed.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
LIKE A THIRD ARM!
By mamamolarVerified Purchaser from rhode Island on 7/22/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Excellent product. Easy to use. the ability to focus using the remote is very handy as is the firing lock button. Used it to take close up shots of bees the other day and it performed flawlessly. Having this is like having a third arm available....especially when called upon to hold up a reflector. Very happy with my purchase.

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Too pricey
By Biker NormVerified Purchaser from Pleasanton,CA on 6/22/2009
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Its pricey for a remote cord. Using the trigger lock is requires extra effort. I use my index finger to press release the shutter and thumb to slide a lever to lock the trigger. A single buttom that push and lock makes better sense.

 
Another quality Nikon product
By alfamanVerified Purchaser from massachusetts on 5/4/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

The remote is excellent, I gave it 4 stars only because of it's price.

 
It's OK
By Peter D.Verified Purchaser from North Conway, NH on 3/6/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Everyday use, Nighttime
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

The cord could be a bit longer.

 
Simple and Easy to Use
By RichGVerified Purchaser from Upton, MA on 3/6/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Great for HDR and a must for Panamoras. Looked at wireless but foe the price, you cannot beat this.

 
Great product especially withthe D3
By Gee WizzVerified Purchaser from Pasadena, CA on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

RE: By JJ from Pacific NW on 5/23/2008

There maybe there's some wrong with your D3. I have two D3s and with the MC30 mounted all the functions on the D3 operate perfectly.

This is a great tool for all types of photography and really a must if your're serious about producting quality images.

 
Relatively expensive, but does its job
By NY JournalistVerified Purchaser from New York, NY on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

It does what it should do, easily and reliably. Half-press on the trigger button activates autofocus; all the way releases the shutter. Ideal for landscapes or studio; combined with a sturdy tripod, remote releases contribute to significanlty sharper pictures. Like other Nikon-branded accessories it's not cheap for what it does, but it won't let you down either.

 
Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Loc
By DougVerified Purchaser from Michigan on 2/20/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

This along with a good tripod are essential accessory items for blur-free photography. Easy to attach and use.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nikon MC-30 Remote Shutter Release
By MOHVerified Purchaser from Atchison KS on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

The Nikon MC-30 remote cord is a wonderful addition to tripod-mounted macro photography--reduces the likelihood of unwanted movement when releasing the shutter. I use mine with a Nikon D300; they make a very nice combination. The collar assures that the connection remains solid and in place.[...] Thank you.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
That's enough
By LeonVerified Purchaser from Bogota, Colombia on 2/6/2009
Pros:
Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Reliable
Best Uses:
Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Simply put: That's enough for me

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Simple, Elegant, Precise, Utilitarian
By revdhdVerified Purchaser from Ohio's north shore on 1/15/2009
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Cons:
Cord is too short
Best Uses:
Everyday Use, Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

The MC-30 needs no programming, no turning on or off, no special attention. You plug it into your camera's 10-pin socket, depress the trigger half way to focus, and depress fully to snap the shot. No muss, no fuss. I had the MC-36 and it was way overkill for me. The MC-30 is just right... except I needed the MC-21 extension cord to get a little distance from the camera. Cost one star.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
It works as advertised
By JimVerified Purchaser from Vancouver, WA on 1/9/2009
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Everyday Use, Landscapes, Macro Photography, Night shots
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I use it whenever the camera is on the tripod

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Remote release
By T.Verified Purchaser from Fox Island, WA on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use
Best Uses:
Astrophotography, Macro Photography, Wildlife
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I use the remote release for astro-photography. The trigger lock is exceptionally easy to use. The entire mechanism is compact and solid. I recommend this product for anyone requiring a remote shutter release.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great accessory for macro photography
By JPVerified Purchaser from Chatsworth, CA on 12/29/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

This remote cord is a great help when taking macro photography photos.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
A remote that simply works!
By Motion-studios[@]Verified Purchaser from Cranston, RI on 9/27/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Best Uses:
HDR Imaging, Macro Photography, Night photography
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I use this remote with my Nikon D300. I like how it works just like my primary shutter release switch. Hold it halfway and it autofocuses. I remember with my D80 IR remote, when I push the button it focuses itself then takes the photo. This remote will let you focus, see what is focused, then you can push it all the way for the release.

 
Not much for the price
By ilykvwsVerified Purchaser from Hampton, VA on 8/24/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Lightweight
Cons:
Flimsy, Very thin plastic
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Tripod use
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Seems to work OK, but it sure isn't the best made item that Nikon puts it's name on. Considering the cost, put a little more with and buy a wireless unit.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Remote shutter release
By BadgeVerified Purchaser from Texas on 8/24/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Cons:
Do not screw in too tight
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

works just like it should

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
works perfectly
By MarcVerified Purchaser from mholtsberg on 8/6/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function
Cons:
none so far
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Works just as designed. Wish the cord was just a little longer, but this in not a problem.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Much Needed Tool
By msunerVerified Purchaser from Oakland, CA on 7/12/2008
Pros:
Improves Function, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I will be using this tool primarily as a studio assist with ambient lighting and timed exposures. It works well once mounted the only problem I have is the mounting process is a little clumsy and time consuming but once mounted it is securely attached to the camera. There is a full moon coming and I plan to capture it... this will help...

 
Expensive, but necessary
By Two PoodlesVerified Purchaser from NYC on 7/10/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Cons:
Flimsy
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Does the job, but flimsy construction for the price. Not really any other option.

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Major issue using on the D-3
By JJ from Pacific NW on 5/23/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easy to Use
Best Uses:
Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Using as a cable release with the D-3, you cannot access the camera's menu, nor use the playback function after a picture is taken! This is a deal breaker for me. It is too awkward to unscrew and disconnect after every shot you take then want to check.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nice remote!!
By ranger650Verified Purchaser from Hammond,LA on 5/8/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Cons:
No cons yet
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio, Traveling
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I like having the control without having to be behind the lens.Also works the auto focus. I would
recommend the MC-21 extension cord also.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
All I expected
By ThreecatsVerified Purchaser from Near Chicago, Il on 4/16/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Cons:
Have to see how durable
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Well I still don't see why somehow a regular old cable release can't be incorporated in these newer cameras but..oh well.

I bought it for tripod work and that will mainly be landscapes.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Replacement for lost item
By KenVerified Purchaser from Columbus, OH on 4/2/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Cons:
Awkward to attach
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio, Tripod shots
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I use it most when shooting from a tripod with long telephoto/zoom lenses or in low light.

Preserves camera shutter release functions.

Due to the threaded barrel on the end of the cable, it's somewhat difficult to attach. However, once attached it's very secure.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
Works great, but expensive!
By BryanVerified Purchaser from Cincinnati, OH on 3/6/2008
Pros:
Durable, Improves Function
Cons:
Expensive
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

This is just your basic remote shutter release. Unfortunately, newer bodies no longer accept a normal cable release, so you are left using the 10-pin connector. This shutter release is durable and functions as one would expect for a piece of equipment from Nikon, but it is fairly expensive. A generic shutter release will do the job just as well for less than half the price.

 
Simple to use and works well
By TomVerified Purchaser from Westford, MA on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Easy to Use, Lightweight, No batteries
Cons:
Moderately expensive
Best Uses:
Astrophotography, Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I have used this remote cord with a D300 camera, most recently just last night to record a lunar eclipse. The remote makes it easier to eliminate shakes and vibrations that will marr either a time exposure or a long telephoto shot which can occur by pushing on the camera (shutter release button) to take a picture.

When squeezing the remote's trigger, vibrations are blocked thanks to the remote's flexible cord and thus do not reach the camera, tripod, etc. Even though the cord was rather stiff in the below-freezing air temperature last night, the remote worked fine.

The trigger action is smooth. It has a good blend of sensitivity to trigger the "half-press" mode of the camera, with a longer throw needed to fire the actual shutter. There is little chance of an accidental shutter release.

In the distant past I have done a lot of tripod-mounted macro photography (with a film SLR and mechanical cable release). This remote cord will work very well for that kind of situation as well, and I look forward to using it inside as well as out under the stars and moon.

The cord is moderately expensive, but I was comfortable paying for it to ensure optimal compatibility with my Nikon camera and to get smooth operation.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
WORKS GREAT !
By JimboVerified Purchaser from Beaumont, Ca. on 2/21/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio, Traveling
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

Works great; would be better if longer but that's another story. Always best to stick with the Nikon brand for these type accessories. I purchased for my new Nikon D-300.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Nikon Remote Cord works well
By BillVerified Purchaser from Carmichael, CA on 1/23/2008
Pros:
Durable, Easy to Use, Improves Function, Lightweight
Best Uses:
Macro Photography, Studio
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

I am using my Nikon D300 and this remote cord to copy many of my old slides. The combination works well since I do not have to touch the camera body while exposing the image. My only complaint, and it is small, is that the cord is rather stiff. A more flexible cord would be easier to handle, particularly when setting it down.

 
FLAWLESS
By photodocsjVerified Purchaser from South Jersey on 9/26/2007
Pros:
A must have item, Durable, Easy to Use, Lightweight
Best Uses:
All tripod use, Macro Photography
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon MC-30 Remote Cord with Trigger Lock:

This is a great product and a good alternative to Nikon's more expensive, multifunction cable release.

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