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Does the job!
on September 11, 2012
I bought this for my Nikon D5100 camera. I wanted to do a couple of things with it. The main reason I bought this was to be able to take a very long exposure using the Bulb mode and to not have to manually hold the shutter release button the entire duration. It worked great! I put the camera in M mode, moved the shutter speed to Bulb, set the release mode to remote control, and it is ready for use. Press the remote one time it opens the shutter, press it again to close the shutter when you want!
I also wanted to use this to take family pictures on a tripod without using a 10sec timer every time. It works just as it should. Just set the release mode to remote control (I prefer the 2 second delay so your arm is not up in the picture) and it takes a picture each time. The only limitation is line of sight with the front part of the camera (I would guess 140 degrees of usefulness as it is IR and not RF). Also, I do believe it re-focuses each time, but I believe there is a way to get away from this... Perhaps if you push the shutter release half way on the camera to pre-focus your picture???...However these are not issues with the remote, but the camera itself.
I have not checked the maximum distance of remote to camera. It has worked great for all my needs. Unless you are 20+ feet away and/or in direct sunlight I don't see any issues.
IN SUMMARY: Get this "generic" version of the ML-L3. I have never tested the Nikon brand of remote control, but this one has done the job so far. For a few bucks buy one of these and just throw it in the camera bag just incase you ever need it!