Jeff Brint PRO 8:06pm, 7 March 2011
Has anyone been using this with their Nikon D7000? If so, did you need to increase the "USB cable release frame delay" in the set up menu? I tired this on my Nikon D7000 last weekend and it kept skipping frames.
kenpalmateer 7 years ago
Jeff, I have found that increasing the frame delay to 2500 prevents skips. Too bad there is not (and I don't know, maybe there is) a cable release attachment to coordinate mirror lock up between the Promote and the D7000, which would give a much faster frame shooting rate. Ken
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
there is a second cable, the same as in D90, attaches to the GPS port I think :)
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
Jeff, did you use the latest firmware with the Long Exposure NR delay On/Off function?
Jeff Brint PRO 7 years ago
The D90 cable has been recalled due to it getting stuck in the camera, i think, and no word on a replacement yet. I have not tried the latest beta firmware. I am using firmware version 2.0 but I do have beta version 2.11 that I might try. I did find that I had to set my usb shutter release delay to 4500ms to capture all frames though. This seems way too long. I'm starting to wonder if I might have something set wrong on the camera. What is strange is that my D60 can use the default setting of 1500ms delay and not miss any frames. Another thing I was wondering was if it might have something to do with the memory card I am using, needing to allow more time to write to the card to clear the buffer. I am testing with 7 frames so that should have enough room to just write to the buffer and not worry about writing to the card. I am using Lexar Professional 133x 8GB Class 10 cards so the buffer should clear quick enough. I will try with some of my other San Disk cards to see if there is a difference.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
Jeff, latest beta is 2.16...
I knew there was a problem with D90 second cablem but didn't know it is still not fixed.
My D60 skipped frames for longer exposures and had to adjust the delay time, but with the new firmware it waits, but has some trick...Long Exposure NR is triggered even for shots of 1 second...The camera is ready but Promote waits. It will be fixed soon as a promise from Arty that you can adjust the starting delay time in settings...e.g. for my camera 8 seconds. That would be neat. I am using class 6 Sandisk Extreme III
Jeff Brint PRO 7 years ago
Ok, when I found that In had to set my USB Shutter Release Delay to 4500ms, it turns out that it was a setting on the camera that was causing this issue. I had the "d11" Exposure Delay mode turned on. Ugh! That causes a delay shutter release until about 1 s after the shutter-release button is pressed and the mirror is raised. So I was inadvertently adding ~2s to my exposure time. Now I can set my USB Shutter Release Delay to 1500ms (or 2000ms it seems when I need to take 9 exposures).
Brons Photography Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Brons Photography (member) 7 years ago
Yeah, you really need the shutter cable to make it fire off fast brackets. You will notice a huge difference in speed once you get the cable. I went to a car show recently and the ability to just plop down, focus, frame and fire the brackets off quickly at 500ms with lots of people walking by saved me from a lot of headaches. Its also beneficial when you have lots of movement in your scene from clouds to people or changing lighting conditions. And with the cable you'll never get skipped frames at 500ms - at least I haven't encountered it in the last few months of using it.

I still have my defective cable, and it still works, but they haven't sent me the one that will replace it yet. I'd like to know whats taking so long.

Anything over 500ms for me is just a painfully long time to wait between shots. Call me impatient or whatever.
Jeff Brint PRO 7 years ago
I agree. I wish they would hurry with the replacement cable. I didn't have my promote control when the cables were in stock so I don't have one, but I really want one.
yogic365 7 years ago
I got the Promote for use with my D7000. Frustrated with the lack of cable release I asked if they had any ideas and I was sent here for details of a DIY job. This isn't a complaint about the Promote as it's really opened my camera up but I know it could be even better.

'MC-DC2 has 3 wires - black, green and white. Basically what you need is to connect 3 wires from MC-DC2 with 3 contacts on the 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo jack. The black wire should go to the ground of the 3.5mm jack, the green (focus) would go to the ring on 3.5mm, and white (release) will go to the tip on the 3.5mm. Normally 3.5mm jack should have three posts - longest one is the ground, and there are two more one of which is ring and another one is the tip. Here`s the photo that might help you with it: www.kultakaari.fi/arska/dpreview3/hallokaavio1.jpg They show 2.5mm, not 3.5mm jack but it should be similar. Here`s the link for the whole thread on DPReview: forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&messag...

I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this and had any joy. I paid to get this done by a pro and it didn't work out. The camera just became unresponsive when I plugged the cable release into the 'Promote'. I then tried re-wiring by switching the two leads I wasn't 100% sure of and it still didn't work.

Is there something else I'm missing? They've informed me that the new leads will be in by the end of the month but I've got another big trip before then and would like to get it firing faster.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
I am going soon to try and make one myself...they expect them in a month or so...Can't wait that longer!
If I succeed will post here!
yogic365 7 years ago
I had to teach myself how to solder by watching youtube but it's fairly easy. Just couldn't get it to work.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
The good part is that I already have some experience in soldering, but let's see....how far I get!
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
Ok I have success!!!
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geopalstudio Posted 7 years ago. Edited by geopalstudio (admin) 7 years ago
I bought this for around 16$
www.phottix.com/en/wired-remotes/phottix-mini-wired-remot...

and "stole" the cable. I needed 2,5"to 3.5" plug and for 1$ more I have 90sm (around 3 feet) cable for the promote!!! and guess what- working like a charm on D7000!!! and in 14bit RAW at 6 frames per seconds it is much faster than D300s at 14bits!!!! I guess it's due to faster/newer processor! So I guess....for HDR and Panos, I am getting D7000 not the D300s, which is supposed to be better etc...In some areas maybe , but in what I am interested, NOT!
Cheers!

p.s. The good thing is that if I get another cable let's sat 3 meters, male stereo 2.5" to mail stereo 2.5" I get a distance and a trigger for the Promote on the third accessory slot! I haven't tested this yet but I bet it will work! Awesome!!!
yogic365 7 years ago
That is a major score, congratulations. I'm going to get straight onto this. Maybe you should let the guys at Promote know as at the moment they're talking about a third party fix whilst they figure this out. Great detective work. Thanks for sharing.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
Glad to be useful!
yogic365 7 years ago
Slightly off topic, Geopalstudio, you've got some mind-blowing stuff under your belt. Just took a look at some of those virtual tours and they're incredible. At some point I may want to figure out how to do some of that stuff. I'm hoping it's part of your carear or you've got a serious amount of free time!
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
...or serious amount of enthusiasm :))
thanks! I'll be around if I can give some tips!
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yogic365 7 years ago
Just so it's official the fix geopal suggested really does work. I just had the lead arrive from Hong Kong and my D7000 is transformed, it just rips through the 7 exposures. Would add though that I had a couple of class 4 SD's ( it was all I could get on a trip and they choked on the promote). Even the SD Extreme 6 couldn't handle it with the shutter cable attached, the 10's are fine though and giving great results. I may be missing something obvious though so feel free to correct.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
great!
Tomorrow I am getting my D7000 (hopefully) and would be great to shoot at 6 fps!!!
I have Sandisk Extreme III card and didn't notice any choking on 11 frames, but I might just have been excited by the sound of clicking frames mmmm sweet!
Will be giving more info when I get it and see how it really works in real life, but man, that's fast (with the second cable)!
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geopalstudio Posted 7 years ago. Edited by geopalstudio (admin) 7 years ago
Uhuuu, who has the D7k in hands?! :)
Can't wait to test it later with the promote!
yogic365 7 years ago
Looking forward to hearing how it goes. Let me know how it goes with the memory cards.
Konaflyer 7 years ago
The shutter release cable is now available through Amazon or from Promote direct! Finally!
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
yes! :)
STosterud 7 years ago
I received my promote shutter release cable for the D7K yesterday. However, my excitement was somewhat tempered by the fact that it isn't taking any pictures now. It communicates with the camera and counts down the exposures, but nothing actually happens. Any advice would be appreciated. I did notice that I had a remote delay turned on, but I set that to quick-response. The camera clicks a little now, but still takes no pictures.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
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I also sometimes get this clicks by Promote but no photos- for me it is that the cable was not plugged in to the end firmly...
Try that, also make sure you are in single drive, all manual + you have enabled the second cable in the settings!
Did you check all those? Hope this helps!
best, G
STosterud 7 years ago
G - It works! For me, the last setting was the single servo. So, to recap, the shutter release cable for the promote control works on the D7000:

Manual focus
Manual shooting mode
AF-S
Quick Response remote control mode
Promote Control setup to use separate cable for shutter release (yes)
Shutter release frame delay can be 500ms

I ordered mine from Amazon and received it the next day.
familiar shoes [deleted] 7 years ago
hi

just wondering with the latest firmware 2.20 in HDR mode should I have the Mirror Up and Lense NR turned on or off, I am a bit of a noob with the promote still.
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
Mirror up in HDR mode, I tried that, but slows everything. I think mirror up is nice for single shots. I always use LE om, though for very dark places it might not always be a good idea as it doubles time for taking the shots.
So for most cases I have MIrrorUp off and Long Exposure Noise Reduction ON.
Best, G
familiar shoes [deleted] 7 years ago
thx for the feedback.. makes sense!
Fringe_Photography 7 years ago
Geopalstudio- did your idea for using the phottix mini remote with a 2.5mm male to 2.5mm male cable in the promote 3rd cable spot to utilise a distance trigger?

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Fringe_Photography 7 years ago
I missed 'Work" sorry for the double post.


Fringe
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
Yes, it works :) pity I lost the phottix mini :-/
But even just a cable shortcutted with a paperclip works :)
Fringe_Photography 7 years ago
Cool, Thanks, hope my promote will be here today, can't wait and really excited about the possiblity of focus stacking with HDR. Thanks for the heads up,



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photomanhdr 7 years ago
Can anyone tell me if the D7000 and Promote control (with the above cabling) will do 9+ bracketed exposures?? The dual cables work great on my D300! I am NOT purchasing a D700, its just too much for the applications I do. Otherwise I will try to find a used D300...
Thanks..
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
yes, no worries with 9+ exposures :)
photomanhdr 7 years ago
Thanks geopalstudio.. I will look into purchasing a D7000 and cable...
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geopalstudio 7 years ago
even the second cable works better on D7000 than D300(s) with 14 bit raw files, az the buffer for raw is better on D7000 for up to 11 frames with a fast card. D300 is a machinegun but with jpgs only. So I am happy I got the D7k. It will work with 1 cable also but slower and you will not be able to get into bulb while shooting HDRs
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