Master Guide to Rigging a Nikon D800 or D800E (Part 10)

In this part I’ll cover Intervalometers, GPS systems, remote controls, and other accessories for the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E.

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The Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E already has a built-in intervalometer – a device that automatically fires exposures at predetermined time periods. It also brackets exposures, and offers full manual control. The timer allows 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 seconds.

If you still need a separate intervalometer, try this:

NIKON MC-36 Multi-Function Remote Cord ( 33.5 inches )

With this baby you can program up to 999 shots with 99 hours, 99 minutes and 99 seconds between each shot.


Cable Release

Don’t want to shake your camera while shooting or capturing photographs? You’ll appreciate a cable release or wireless trigger.

NIKON MC30 Remote Cable Release (31.5 in)

Wireless Remote Trigger

Not of fan or cables? Or simply tired or managing all the cables on your rig? You might want this:

Nikon ML-3 Compact Modulite Remote Set

GPS System

A GPS system automatically geotags your images with your location information – it’s a great tool to have if you’re constantly traveling and can’t keep track of the locations you’ve been to any other way.

Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit

USB Connector

Trying to tether you camera to a laptop or wanting to download something? You’ll need these.

Nikon UC-E14 USB Cable



Here’s a tough lightmeter that’ll last you a lifetime:

Sekonic L-398A Light Meter

White/Grey balance

A good grey and white balance card must be durable above all else. You’re going to practically use it for every setup, and sometimes even between takes. I recommend:

Lastolite LL LR1250 12-Inch Ezybalance Card (Grey/White)

Color Checker

Fanatical about colors? You could be, if you’re shooting product. Then you might want to invest in this:

X-Rite MSCCC ColorChecker Chart


A handy cover to have, even if it doesn’t rain!

Polaroid SLR Rain Cover Protector


Zeiss knows how to make lenses, and I’m sure they know best when it comes to cleaning them, too!

Zeiss Ikon Complete Optics Cleaning Kit

I think we’re done as far as rigging up the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E is concerned. In Part 11 I’ll cover Cases, Bags and Straps.

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2 replies on “Master Guide to Rigging a Nikon D800 or D800E (Part 10)”

  1. I have a petrol Bag rain slicker. I like it a lot as it can wrap the entire camera ALONG  a follow focus and also has a SHOE MOUNT for extra accessories to be mounted OUTSIDE the rain slicker !

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