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MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus & Vello Cable Kit for Nikon 10-Pin Cameras

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MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus & Vello Cable Kit for Nikon 10-Pin Cameras
Key Features
  • Camera-Top/Off-Camera Lightning Trigger
  • Shutter Cable with Nikon 10-Pin Plug
  • For Select Nikon/FUJIFILM/Kodak Cameras
  • Helps Detect and Capture Lightning
This B&H Kit pairs the MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus lightning trigger and a Vello 2.5mm Remote Shutter Release Cable with a Nikon 10-pin connector. The 12-24" coiled cable connects the Lightning Bug to compatible cameras from Nikon, FUJIFILM, and Kodak. Please see a more comprehensive camera list below. In addition to this list, other cameras compatible with the Nikon 10-pin connector may also be supported. (Cameras that are definitely not supported are specified in the description of the Lightning Bug Plus below.)

MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus Overview

This B&H Kit pairs the MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus lightning trigger and a Vello 2.5mm Remote Shutter Release Cable with a Nikon 10-pin connector. The 12-24" coiled cable connects the Lightning Bug to compatible cameras from Nikon, FUJIFILM, and Kodak. Please see a more comprehensive camera list below. In addition to this list, other cameras compatible with the Nikon 10-pin connector may also be supported. (Cameras that are definitely not supported are specified in the description of the Lightning Bug Plus below.)

MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus

The Lightning Bug Plus from MK Controls is a camera-top lightning trigger that helps you detect lightning before it hits. It detects lightning before it hits and directs your camera shutter to capture it just in time. A camera-specific cable (not included) is required for connecting the Lightning Bug to your camera.

The Lightning Bug Plus is based upon the science of lightning. There are two components of lightning: the bright white flash everyone wants to capture, and the unseen infrared light that always precedes it. The Lightning Bug uses a high-speed photodiode sensor optimized to the infrared burst that occurs just before a lightning strike. This infrared light comes from the vaporization of air and particles in the air. The Lightning Bug acts as a lookout, watching for a change in infrared light. When a significant change of infra-red light over a very short period of time is detected, the Lightning Bug directs the camera shutter to trip and capture the lightning strike.

The Lightning Bug Plus conveniently mounts on your camera hot shoe, although it can be used off-camera as well. (For certain Sony cameras, a cold shoe adapter may be required for the proprietary Sony shoe mount.) It's powered by a 9V battery, sold separately. MK Controls recommends either an Alkaline or general-purpose battery. Rechargeable batteries are not recommended due to the current consumption characteristics of the circuitry during operation.

The sensitivity of the Lightning Bug Plus is adjustable to different shooting situations. This gives you full control over when to take the picture. If you only want to capture the brightest and boldest lightning bolts, you would decrease the sensitivity. If you want to capture lightning over the city or mountains from a long distance, you would increase the sensitivity. You can also limit the number of possible exposures per second to between 1 and 10. This feature allows you to capture repeated lightning strikes successfully. The Lightning Bug Plus is also designed to withstand exposure to rain. The design incorporates weather-resistant soft touch buttons.

Key Features
  • Power-on self-test
  • Event indicator light
  • Sensitivity set-point indicator (LED bar graph)
  • MOSFET isolation between your camera and the Lightning Bug's circuitry
  • 26 levels of sensitivity for complete control in all lighting situations
  • Testing of your shutter release is supported via the Lightning Bug's circuitry
  • Firmware is field-updateable
  • Easily adjust frames per second (from 1 to 10)
  • Water-resistant soft-touch panel buttons
  • Simple three-button control of all features
  • Requires a standard 9V battery, sold separately (an Alkaline or general-purpose battery is recommended; rechargeable batteries are not recommended)
  • Your battery can be replaced without removing the Lightning Bug from the camera's shoe mount
The Following Cameras Are Not Supported
  • Canon 4000D, EOS M, EOS M3, EOS M50, G7, G9, PowerShot N, S100, S110, S120, S90, S95, SX510 HS, XC10
  • Nikon 1 AW1, 1 J1, 1 J2, 1 S1, 1 V1, 1J3, D100, D3000, D3400, D3500, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, L840, P610, P900, Z fc, Z50
  • Sony A230, A290, A3000, A330, A330TT, A380, A390, A7C, NEX-3, NEX-3C, NEX-5, NEX-5C, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, QX 10, QX 100, RX1, RX1R
  • Olympus E-330, E500, Evolt E-330, Evolt E500, OM-1, OM-D E-M10 III, PEN E-PL1, PEN E-PL1s, SP-510 UZ
  • Panasonic FZ35, FZ45, FZ70, FZ72, FZ80, FZ82, GF2, GF3, GF5, GM1, GX80, GX85, GX9, LX5, LX7
  • Pentax K3 III, K-m, K-r, K-S2, K-x, MX-1, Q, Q-S1
  • Fujifilm FinePix S100FS, HS10, HS11, HS20EXR, HS22EXR, HS25EXR, HS28EXR, HS30EXR, HS33EXR, HS35EXR, HS50EXR, IS-1, S1 Pro, S2 Pro, S20, S200EXR, S205EXR, S9000, S9100, S9500, S9600, X100, X100S, X-E1, XF-1, X-Pro1, X-S1, X-S10
  • Samsung Galaxy NX, NX Mini, NX-1, NX1000, NX1100, NX20, NX-200, NX2000, NX210, NX-210, NX30, NX300, NX3000, NX300M, NX500
  • Sigma DP1, DP2, SD14
  • Leica C (Typ 112), M8, M8.2, M9, M9-P, M-Monochrom, S2, X1
UPC: 717995851776
Vello 2.5mm Remote Shutter Release Cable II for Cameras with Nikon 10-Pin Connectors

This Vello 2.5mm Remote Shutter Release Cable is a coiled cable for connecting a Vello remote shutter release receiver or other remote receiver with a 2.5mm jack to select Nikon cameras.

Compatibility
Nikon: Z9, Z8, D5, D4s, D4, D3x, D3s, D3, D2Xs, D2X, D2Hs, D2H, D2, D1X, D1H, D1 D850, D810, D800, D800e, D700, D500, D300s, D300 & D200
FUJIFILM: S3 & S5
Kodak: DCS-14N
UPC: 847628037861

MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus Specs

Mount Type
Shoe Mount
Certifications
FCC Part 15, Subpart B Class B
RoHS
Dimensions
Front Overhang (from Center of Camera Hot Shoe):
3.5" / 8.9 cm

Rear Overhang (from Center of Camera Hot Shoe):
0.74" / 1.9 cm

L x W x H:
4.25 x 2.6 x 2.1" / 10.8 x 6.6 x 5.3 cm
Weight
4.5 oz / 128 g (with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.42 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.7 x 4.4 x 3.3"

Vello 2.5mm Remote Shutter Release Cable II for Cameras with Nikon 10-Pin Connectors Specs

General
Compatibility
Nikon 10-Pin
Physical
Mounting
1x 2.5mm Male Phono
1x Nikon 10-Pin
Dimensions
12" / 30.5 cm (Coiled)
24" / 61 cm (Stretched)
Weight
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
3.9 x 3.05 x 0.55"

MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus Reviews

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Can this be used with Nikon d850?

Can this be used with Nikon d850?
Asked by: Doreen
Yes, the MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus & Vello Cable Kit for Nikon 10-Pin Cameras is compatible for use with the Nikon D850 DSLR Camera.
Answered by: Manzell L
Date published: 2023-08-29

How is this used with a Z9? Please describe set ...

How is this used with a Z9? Please describe set up. Thanks.
Asked by: Dale
You would need to add a 9 volt battery to the MK Controls Lightning Bug Plus to power it. It will then slide onto the hot shoe of the Nikon Z9. You then need to plug the cable into the shutter release socket of the Z9. To use it on standard mode you need to hold the on/off button for 2 seconds. For fireworks mode you press and hold the on/off button and increase the sensitivity simultaneously for 2 seconds. Please take a look at this manual for further features. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/841235.pdf
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2024-02-07
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