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Nikon MC-30 Review

Nikon MC-30 Life Pixel Infrared Conversion

B&H Photo - Video - Pro Audio


July 2007

The Nikon MC-30 is the standard remote release cord for 10-pin Nikon cameras. It features a trigger lock button on the back of the remote for long / Bulb exposures.


Length: 32" (80 cm)

Works with: (N)F90/x/s, F100, F5, F6, D1, D2 Series D3, D200, D300, and D100 with MB-D100.

Price from: $69.95 USD

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  • Bulb, the trigger lock is excellent for Bulb exposures.


  • Plastic-fantastic.
  • Price. Rather pricey, you are paying top $ for the Nikon logo on this item, that said it's still valuable, especially for Macro/Bulb work.


This Remote is a must for macro photographers, and users of long lenses. It's excellent for people doing long Exposures. For Dslr users this remote should be all you need, as the Nikon D2/D3series have most of the features of the more expensive MC-36. I find this remote a must have with my D200, even on a tripod. I find that the shutter lag and the mirror slap is to slow on my D200, resulting in blurred shots with long lenses on a tripod at slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon MC-30 Price: $69.95 USD


Nikon MC-36 Multi-Function Remote. From $139.95 USD

Nikon ML-3 Compact Modulite Remote Control. From $169.95 USD

*Prices and rebates are subject to change. Listed price is from July 31, 2009

Sample Pictures

Images have been imported to photoshop CS3 through Capture NX 2 thus leaving the original image settings as shot, I. E white balance, sharpening, etc .etc. Full resolution sample images are in RGB color mode. Check out my copyright page for information about usage of these images.

D200 long exposure mc-30
Nikon D200, Sigma 10-20mm, MC-30, @ 15sec f/11
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