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NikonML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared)
 
4.6

(based on 1417 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1007)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (317)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (979)
  • Lightweight (947)
  • Reliable (656)
  • Durable (441)
  • Easy to set up (103)

Cons

  • Not functional (23)
  • Not durable (20)
  • Poor design (18)
  • Easy to lose (10)
  • Not enough features (10)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (614)
  • Landscape photography (562)
  • Macro photography (517)
  • Travel (380)
  • Everyday (365)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (647), Semi-professional (210), Casual user (93), Professional (81), Tech savvy (62)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (119), Business (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (755), Yes (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cant beat it for the price!

This product was an essential addition to my photography gear. This should be one of the first things anyone purchases for their kit, and for the price, its really a no brainer.Read complete review

This product was an essential addition to my photography gear. This should be one of the first things anyone purchases for their kit, and for the price, its really a no brainer.

This product enables you to capture razor sharp images by minimizing camera vibration that comes with pushing the sutter button on the camera. This is essential when working in lowlight situations, night,or when doing macro photography where shutter speeds can often be a second or more and even the slightest camera vibration is likely to ruin an otherwise great shot.

Additionally, you do not have to be prefocused when you use this remote trigger. If your camera is in Autofocus mode, by pushing the trigger button on the remote, the camera will autofocus and then release the shutter as it would had you pushed the shutter release button on the camera itself. If your camera is in manual focus mode, pushing the shutter release button on the remote will trigger the shutter on the camera without autofocusing allowing you to manually focus the lens and then remotely release the trigger.

And if nothing else, this sure beats waiting for the 10 second timer (every 360 pictures you take waiting for the timer is an hour you could have been photographing something else)

I have used this remote in almost all photographic situation where I have set up my camera and tripod, though I find that this product is exceptionally well suited for landscape photography, macro photography, and studio photography. It is absolutely essential if you are going to do ANY twilight or night photography. Additionally, if your focal length is greater than a 150mm equivalent on a DX camera, this is an essential addition. At these focal lenths, even the slightest vibration is going to blur your subject.

Lastly, the remote has an indoor range of 1" from the sensor to 100'. You will, however, have to keep in mind that the sensor is in the front of the camera. This is only a problem when using lenses with a really short barrel length or with a very wide angle of view such as a fisheye lens. In my experience, even with the Nikon 10-24mm wide angle lens I have yet to have a problem with hiding the remote. The fact of the matter is that most lens barrels are longer than the remote making it easy to trigger the camera by placing the remote right next to the lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unpredictable performance.

I've owned and used the ML-L3 for years, and have never really fallen in love with it due to its unpredictable performance. I use this thing for landscape, macro and studio lighting tests...Read complete review

I've owned and used the ML-L3 for years, and have never really fallen in love with it due to its unpredictable performance. I use this thing for landscape, macro and studio lighting tests (with myself as the stand in).

Like some others have said, this thing needs to be pointed DIRECTLY at the infrared sensor on the camera to operate correctly. A lens, a stand, really anything at all that's in-between the remote and the camera's IR sensor can cause unpredictable performance that has caused me to mash on the button over and over and over at times. Sometimes I'm pointing this thing directly at the camera's IR sensor from a couple of feet away and it STILL doesn't fire the shutter. It can get pretty annoying.

For the price, it's not bad - but you might do well to consider a cabled release instead of this if you need more reliable firing of your camera's shutter.

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5.0

if i broke it, i would buy another

By Dean

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

it works

 
5.0

Easy to use

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Very simple shutter release that works every time.

 
5.0

Definitely would buy again.

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Very handy and simple for tripping the shutter with camera on a tripod. Good price to eliminate blur from manually pressing shutter release button on camera.

 
5.0

Works.

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Works.

 
5.0

Works great

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Works great

 
5.0

It's an indispensable item that should be in a camera bag.

By Jaime

from undisclosed

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

I love using this gadget. I used to have it on my Nikon D90. I wish they have this on the Nikon D800.

 
5.0

Works perfectly!

By Lurena

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Works perfectly!

 
5.0

I like only original Nikon , Yes it is :~)

By Catalpa

from Elk Grove IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Works good . Shaking hands photographer must :)

 
5.0

Wish I'd had this during the eclipse.

By Alpinist

from Rocky Mountains

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

I had to eliminate shutter release vibration by using my camera's (DSLR) 2 second shutter delay, which reset to instantaneous release after every shot. This required a lot of menu selection between each shot. All this could have been avoided with the remote control.

 
5.0

Takes a licking and keeps on triggering

By Karl

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Headline probably shows my age. I have used this for several years with my D5300 for landscape and macro photography. It is indispensable for taking sharp pictures, with the camera mounted on a tripod.

The reason for the review after all these years is to relate a recent incident. I normally put the device in my pants pocket when shooting to keep it handy. I recently came back from a trip where I forgot to take it out of the pocket at the end of the shoot. As a result, the device went through my washing machine with the pants.

I pulled out the battery compartment, dried off the battery, and left the device opened up for a day. I then put it back together and IT STILL WORKS. Not bad for modern electronics.

 
5.0

No complaints

By Chelsea

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Product arrived on time and works perfect. It came with a battery, which I was not expecting! It came with a case and is small and stores perfectly in the zipper pouch of my camera bag.

 
3.0

ML-L3 limitations

By Alex

from undisclosed

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

It turns out that the remote control cannot be used to automatically fire multiple shots (to bracket exposure). I read more on the web and wound up using the interval timer which can fire multiple exposures. I will probably use the remote for other applications in the future.

 
5.0

This Wireless Remote far exceeds my prior remote.

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

I have in the past used the timer on my Nikon 7100 but found that the ML-L3 Wireless Remote is far more valuable than the time itself. It permits me to take photos with hesitation when the subjects do not expect and obtain real life action photos particularly with babies, children, adults and animals are involved. The shots are fantastic.

 
4.0

A very basic remote.

By Nathaniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

This remote it pretty limited, but it works well. I use it for long exposure work. It's inexpensive, which I like.

 
2.0

It doesn't work.

By Ruth

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

I bought this wireless remote a month ago. I have a Nikon D7100. I read the camera menu and follow the instructions from the manual (which are very simple and easy) but nothing had worked. This remote doesn't have any instructions in the box, which it should mean that is easy to use, yet it's not the case. I even bought a new battery for the remote thinking that was the problem, and still nothing. I don't understand why this product has good reviews. I don't even want to waste my time returning it because the price wasn't that expensive anyway. However, I'm very disappointed.

 
5.0

A great tool.

By Jon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Love this tool. In many cases it is more effective than trying to set a timer and running into the proper position. I do wish the distance was 5 to 10 feet longer—it seems to not be effective after about 16-18 feet from the camera. But all in all, a great tool.

 
5.0

Nice product

By Brojeshwar

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Quivk and easy

 
5.0

Small, convenient remote.

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

Comes with a small case that can be attached easily to camera strap and so always available for those unexpected group pictures or when avoiding camera shake is a must.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Simple and effective.

By Puget Sounder 2

from Bainbridge Island, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

The remote works as advertised. It does not come with instructions, which - despite the products simplicity - would be helpful. I tried it out, and as long as you're pointing the device directly at the front of the camera it works fine. I'm using mine with a Nikon D750. The setting for a two-second delay is convenient. I'm still experimenting with it. If (while on 2-second delay) I stand in the middle of the frame, press the release, and then move to the side, will the AF lock on where I was instead of where I move to in the frame? It seems to have done that, but I'm still investigating. Ordering from B&H was, as always, super easy. Quick delivery.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works with Nikon Coolpix P900

By Shaggysgirl

from Edmond, Ok

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared):

This works good with the Nikon Coolpix P900. Thanks for referring it to me.

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