Phottix XS Wired Remote Control £13, $20
Lightweight, simple and disarmingly inexpensive, the Phottix XS is nevertheless well made and comes in two versions for Nikon cameras. The N8 (code 19131) has a 10-pin connector for professional-level bodies, and the N10 (code 19132) has an MC-DC2 connector that fits most beginnerand enthusiast-class bodies. Both versions have a fixed one-metre cable, which does feel a little thin and fragile when you handle it.
The textured finger grip on the rear surface of the control unit that you hold in your hand provides a steady grip, and the damped button has a pleasant action for both light-press autofocus and metering and full-press shutter release. A sliding button-lock mechanism is useful for bulb exposures, as it means you don’t have to keep pressing the button.
The Phottix XS comes in two versions, with different connectors to suit all current Nikon D-SLRs