If you’re looking to use a tripod for landscape photography and need something that will give you better control with your bracketing or intervalometer functioning, this bad boy will give you uninterrupted results.
It took me some time to work out why this remote is so strong. First of all, I used to get really hung up that there were no timelapse features built directly into the Canon firmware or hardware. This is still quite limiting, however for a business to introduce extra products and accessories to counter this is typical. On a consumer level you have to learn to love these products for what they are because if you go Canon, this is the only brand name option.
Let’s start off with a short break down of the features. Bracketing, Intervalometer, Long-Exposure Timer and Self-Timer. Personally, I have a couple of main purposes here, the bracketing and time-lapse features specifically. So in this review, I’ll be talking more particularly about these two. First off, self-timer is pretty straightforward, it works like any other shutter timer. Set the time you want to trigger an image, usually in seconds, minutes or hours. Nothing groundbreaking here.
Moving right along. For interested doing product photography, landscape or architecture (with a few exceptions) this remote does what it says it does. I mentioned before it took me a while to learn and understand the remote but actually, once you know how it works, applying it to your subject becomes rather easy.
For bracketing, I have had the least amount of luck, it does work well, however, I rather key in my own personal intervals of images than letting the camera take control. It does have some benefits when you are working within a small bracket of time, but for the most part, I allow the time so I can bracket the images I want to include.
As for the intervalometer and long exposure settings, I am really impressed with how it weighs up against other remotes of a similar price point and feature offering. I have never replaced the battery, which really is just the same battery you use in a standard watch, so the chances of it dying are slim. The battery is rated to last up to 3 years, and so far mine has last 7. I would say that while I write this article, I'm thinking about getting a backup!
Canon has developed a strong and sturdy locking system for the remote trigger. I am wrapped by this because I have had many cables in the past that do wear thing at the connection point. Nothing worse than having to use some tape to keep cords plugged in. I'm looking at you USB ports and tether cables alike.
I have included a list of additional features you might be interested in;
- Remote Shutter Release
- Interval Timer
- Exposure Count Setting
- LCD Display with Backlighting
- Enter Settings with a Single Thumb
I have had a lot of fun using this simple device over the years, it has helped me on many occasions when I use multiple cameras at once, allowing me to walk away and let a timelapse roll even while I sleep. There really are unlimited possibilities when you take control of how you use your time in photography.
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