The N-MCDC2-ACC remote camera cable connects a PocketWizard radio to Nikon’s 4 pin MCDC2 remote port, the connection for most mirrorless Nikon cameras (and many other DSLRs), to allow you to remotely trigger your camera.
Using a remote camera lets you explore creativity and expand photographic coverage in unique ways. On location, remote cameras can be where you physically can’t. Get shots no one else can by firing a remote camera at the same time you fire your main body. Two images, two perspectives, one photographer! In the studio, get out from behind the lens and really connect with your subjects.
How to Use:
Connect the N-MCDC2-ACC Remote Camera Cable to your camera’s remote port and a receiving PocketWizard radio. Trigger your remote camera by either pressing test on a handheld PocketWizard or directly from your camera’s shutter button; with the transmitting PocketWizard mounted on your handheld camera’ s hot shoe or connected to the camera’s PC port.
NOTE: For best results, if you are shooting from a hand held camera and triggering a remote camera at the same time, use a remote camera cable on both the transmitting and receiving radios. With most mirrorless cameras, a second cable is required for settings such as silent shooting mode, electronic shutter, or continuous high speed drive, where the camera’s hot shoe may be disabled.
All PocketWizard transceivers
NOTE: For PocketWizards with mono sync ports such as older Plus, Plus II, and MultiMAX radios using top sync port, use an MSMM adapter or a PTMM adapter.
Camera Compatibility for Nikon cameras with an MCDC2 port including:
Nikon Mirrorless: Nikon Z5, Z6 series, Z7 series
Nikon DSLR: Nikon D780, D750, D600 series, D7000 series, D5000 series, D3000 series, Df, and D90.
The Z30, Z50c and Zfc cameras do not have remote cable ports and cannot be triggered by a PocketWizard. Not for Nikon D70s or D80.
Half press / Pre Trigger Options for the Remote Camera:
IMPORTANT: Nikon Cameras with MC-DC2 ports do not typically provide half-press or full press output through the MC-DC2 port. This means that any camera using an N-MCDC2-ACC cable may not be able to provide the “half press your remote camera from the camera in your hand” operation when using the shutter release button.
Note: This does NOT impact half-press or full-press INPUT to the camera, as this works just fine with the N-MCDC2-ACC cable on a remote camera.
Enabling half press with the radios will pre trigger the remote camera. When half press / pre triggering is enabled, the remote camera behaves as if you were half pressing the shutter button directly on the camera itself. When pre triggered, the remote camera will focus and confirm exposure but not fire. The advantage of the half press feature is that your camera will respond to the actual trigger signal faster, as it should be completely ready to take the photo as soon as it gets the signal to fire. Half press is available “on demand” with some PocketWizard radios as a feature. Continuous half press is available to all PocketWizard radios if you add a PTMM cable. Please see below for details:
Plus III: Using a hand held transmitting radio: half press the test button on the radio in your hand to pre trigger your remote camera, then press all the way to take the photo. If you are shooting from a handheld camera with a hot shoe mounted transmitting radio, use a remote camera cable on both the transmitting and receiving PocketWizard radios to enable pre triggering for the remote camera. When you half press the shutter button of the camera in your hand, the remote Plus III should pre trigger the remote camera at the same time.
Plus IV: The Plus IV can receive a half press signal from a transmitting Plus III but cannot send one. See above for details about how half press works.
MultiMAX: You can pre trigger a remote camera using the MultiMAX radios by enabling or disabling their zones from a transmitting MultiMAX, Plus III, or Plus IV. This feature works when using the bottom -ACC port on a MultiMAX radio. It is not available on older MultiMAX radios that only have a top port.
The PTMM adapter can be added to any setup to enable constant pre triggering. It is an adapter that connects to the remote camera cable and has a box with a switch. When you turn it “on”, the camera will be constantly pre triggered. When it is “off”, the camera will fire after confirming focus and exposure. The camera will respond much more quickly but will use more battery power.
FlexTT5, FlexTT6, Plus II, Plus Receiver, MultiMAX without -ACC ports: half press / pre trigger is only available on these units by adding the PTMM adapter.
From: 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo miniphone (male)
To: Nikon’s MC-DC2 remote terminal (female)
N-MCDC2-ACC: 3′ (91 cm)
N-MCDC2-ACC-1: 1′ (30.5 cm)