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Much, much better value than Canon's!
on 19 August 2011
Alright let's get it out of the way, yes it's cheap and cheerful, a little bit plasticy ut what do you expect for something that's over £100 cheaper than the official ( and overpriced! ) Canon item? I bought it for my 5D as I was not going to spend £140 on button on a wire! All I wanted was simply the ability to trigger once and hold the shutter in bulb but having seen the , for the most part, positive reviews I decided to take a chance on this item. Contrary to what others have said I don't think it's any more or less plastic that any other gadgets you get these days but they are knocking out a digital timer with a very specific purpose so they have to cut the costs somewhere to keep the costs down for you the consumer.
So what do you get? Well you get the gadget on about 3 feet of cable and the adapter you require, in my case the 3 prong 5D type. First silly niggle. The plug is L shaped and as it inserts the L shape pushes the lead towards the front of the camera! Bit daft, as it means that it will be forever pulling down and eventually expose the wires and fail, not very bright that bit, better has it go straight down. The box itself has a very clear 2 inch LCD display, two control buttons and a joystick/D-pad type of control for changing the values, finally the shutter button with a lock sleeve that you can freeze the shutter down for those bulb shots.
When you come to operate the gadget you get to set the delay, length and interval. So you can choose how long before the first shot gets triggered, how long the shot(s) will be and when you have set the number of shutter activations, how long between each shutter activation. Each of those timers can be set to a max of 99 hours, 99 mins and 99 secs, a bit daft to go that high but they're there if you ever need it! You have a beeper on each movement of a button and each hour/min/sec changes it beeps, luckily you can silence the beeper too! You also get a back-light on the LCD for working in the dark, a nice touch and lock that stop all the controls from being used except the shutter button, nice touch when you have it all set and you find yourself fumbling the dark and mess it all up!
The manual is very comprehensive and runs you through the features quickly in about 5 minutes, clear and concise and for a primarily Asian gadget the English translation is actually very good for a change.
Yes, it's plasticy. Yes it's cheap and cheerful, like I say you're getting the same gadget as Canon's but for over £100 cheaper, you can't really beat that!