Canon vs Nikon remote shutter pinouts

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Richard J Kinch, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. The Canon DSLRs use simple switch contacts on a 2.5mm plug for the shutter

    What does the Nikon (D80, etc) use? Is it simply switch contacts, or some
    kind of electronic signaling, or what? What connector?
    Richard J Kinch, Sep 21, 2007
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  2. D80 wireless remote: works fine, lasts a long time, very few moving parts.
    sheepdog 2007, Sep 21, 2007
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  3. Richard J Kinch

    Paul Furman Guest

    The D200 uses a 10 pin plug with a threaded collar. The remote release
    is a $150 contraption with LCD & too many features. It's possible to use
    somewhat simpler older models and simple 3rd party cable releases with
    just one button.
    Paul Furman, Sep 21, 2007
  4. Richard J Kinch

    Robert Brace Guest

    What happened to the Nikon MC-30?
    It shows in stock at B&H for roughly $54.00. Works fine if all you need
    is a remote release for any 10-pin connection and aren't looking for the
    intervalometer type of functions or extended timing accuracy.
    Robert Brace, Sep 21, 2007
  5. Richard J Kinch

    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, Sep 21, 2007
  6. --
    Joseph Meehan

    Dia 's Muire duit

    I believe it is not a simple switch, but is a two position switch like
    the shutter release, on initiating the focus function and the second
    position activating the shutter.
    Joseph Meehan, Sep 21, 2007
  7. Correct - and the first position will activate the metering system as well
    as the focus system.
    It should work in the same manner as the shutter release on the camera body
    itself. You'll find that the "two position" switch is also found on Canon FD

    Regards, Ian.
    Nottingham, England.
    Fred Anonymous, Sep 22, 2007
  8. Well, that's what I would call simple switch contacts. That is, not some
    electronic serial code like on the Sony cameras.

    The question remains unanswered, does a Nikon D80 use switch contacts, or
    something electronic and/or coded?
    Richard J Kinch, Sep 22, 2007
  9. Richard J Kinch

    Alan Browne Guest

    The wired release for the former Minolta, now Sony, shutter release is a
    simple two pole (focus and shutter) release. There are no codes.

    The wireless TTL flash uses a coded pulse stream from the built in flash
    or attached flash to control two off camera flashes.
    Alan Browne, Sep 22, 2007
  10. Simple switch contacts. That is true of all Nikon DSLR's.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Sep 22, 2007
  11. That's what I'd hoped.

    Now, is there a pinout or other details? What contacts on what conductors
    to do what function? Something like the 3-wire Canon common/focus/shutter

    I ask because I retrofit instrumentation with Canon DSLRs now using the
    remote shutter release, and wanna know if Nikon models might be readily
    Richard J Kinch, Sep 22, 2007
  12. I found it on the Goggle when I hunted a while back. I don't recall
    Joseph Meehan, Sep 22, 2007
  13. You can buy release cable/switch devices on eBay for $6
    plus postage. In fact, if you want a connector... that
    may be the best source!

    At least, for everything except the D80 and D70s that is
    true. They have a different plug, the cost of a cheap
    remote switch is double, and I didn't come up with
    information on the pin connections readily using google.
    You might find them with more diligence than I was
    willing to apply to it.

    For the various Nikon D1/2/3 and D100/200/300 series,
    F90, F100, F5, and F6 Nikon models, plus the FujiFilm S3
    Pro and S5 Pro, or the Kodak DSC14n, this is apparently
    what they use (the cheap MC-30 replacements advertised
    on eBay say they work with those cameras).

    2 3
    o V o
    1 4
    o o
    o o
    8 5
    o o
    7 6

    Pin Function
    1 - RX data (TTL)
    2 - +5VDC source
    3 - Meter (5v when meter is on, 0 when off)
    4 - Shutter Release (enabled when grounded)
    5 - Unspecified
    6 - Signal Ground
    7 - Power Ground
    8 - TX data (TTL)
    9 - AF+Meter Enable (enabled when grounded)
    10 - Unspecified

    The above was described as for the D200, and it can
    be assumed that various models differ in some aspects.

    I've seen shutter release cables described as using
    either pin 6 or pin 7 as the common. A normally open
    switch between pin 9 and pin 6 enables the AF and meter
    when closed, and a normally open switch between pin 4
    and pin 6 releases the shutter when closed.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Sep 22, 2007
  14. My experience, too. But thanks for the info on the other models.
    Richard J Kinch, Sep 22, 2007
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