I'm happy to report a new addition to the gear line up, though!
Fortunately, a quick Amazon search led me to some highly rated and much less expensive alternatives. Not only, did I save about $400, but the Meike DR750 comes with a built in wireless remote which is not on the Nikon.
Having had the Meike for a few days now, I can say I'm extremely pleased by it. It's a solid construction, and I was especially concerned about the battery compartment latch. I had to have that fixed on my MB D200 more than once, but on the Meike, it's solid!
The wireless remote, that will work up to 100 meters is pretty fantastic too. It can be set up with time-lapse, Bulb, continuous and single shooting modes, and has a much longer range than the 15 feet or so of the IR remote that I bought from Nikon.
All in all, an extremely good purchase that you can also find on my Amazon store, along with my other recent additions. These include the Manfrotto MK294C3, which is possibly the lightest, sturdiest, tripod I've ever owned. When you're investing in top of the range camera gear, it's worth protecting that investment with a tripod that can handle the weight....otherwise, as happened to me last year, a tripod leg failure can send your camera and 300mm lens 20 feet down the ravine! Everything survived...due to amazing Nikon construction! But why risk it???
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