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LCD Timer Remote Switch control cord cable fits Canon EOS 10D 20D 30D D30 40D 50D 1D 1Ds 5D 7D as RS-80N3
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- This is a remote switch with an 80cm cord and a self-timer, interval timer, long-exposure timer,
- and exposure count setting feature. The timer can be set anywhere from 1 sec. to 99 hrs.
- Compatiable Models: Canon EOS 1V/3/1D/1DS/1DSMKS/10D/20D/30D/40D/50D/5D/D30/D6,
- A dial enables you to easily enter the numeric settings with a single thumb, and the LCD panel can a
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Instruction for symbols: DELAY: Setting the time (0s ? 99h59m59s) for counting down and then release shutter. LONG: Setting the exposure time (0s ? 99h59m59s). INTVL: Setting time (0s ? 99h59m59s) from the first release to the second time, including the exposure time of each shooting. N: Setting total shooting times (1-399). ?: Turn on / off the reminding sound. Package Includes: One remote switch User Manual 2 x 2A Battery
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Unlike the experience of a previous reviewer, the unit sent did fit my Canon 7D OK and worked fine.
Build quality is OK and the fact it doesn't have an off switch doesn't seem much of a problem as long as you don't leave it in it's 'ready state'. Either way a couple of replacement AAA batteries is no real hardship.
I did have one glitch, which I think is most likely the camera. When I selected that the camera should turn itself off after a minute, I found it would only power down after two minutes. This means the camera will stay on if the interval selected is less than two minutes, which does degrade resilience of how long you can keep going on a standard battery. (Still managed 8 hours of shooting though)
However if the interval is greater than two minutes, no problem as the camera powers down, greatly increasing endurance. I also set the camera so that it doesn't display at all on the rear LCD display, which also helps battery life.
Anyway, if you want to have a dabble with time lapse and don't fancy lashing out for Canon original equipment. I think this is a good deal.
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!
I don't understand how Canon (or any other brands) can get away charging extortionate prices for add-on equipment which extends the
functionality of their products. You pay enough for their products already, so thank god for cheap imitation knock-offs that do exactly the same job (minus the logo) at a fraction of the price!
This is one example of a good OEM imitation.
The unit is ergonomic and sits comfortably in your hand, all the buttons feel and work well enough for their purpose.
They aren't going to fall out or anything, but they also don't really provide any real tactile feedback apart from a slight click, which seems to have caused a little annoyance to other people according to the reviews I've seen.
But this really isn't a problem and it does what it says on the box, without any fuss.
The LCD is backlit so you can see what you are doing in the dark (providing you can find the backlite button on the device when it's dark. ;)
The only quibble I have is that you can't seem to turn it off and it just stays turned on...forever...or until the battery runs out,
whichever happens first. ;)
You may want to take the battery out manually to power the unit off, but this seems a bit of a hassle, so I guess most people resort to just leaving it on, expecting the drain to be minimal. I am a little worried about the overall life span of the battery since I don't know how much the unit is drawing when in 'standby', but I guess this will not be any more than any old Casio wrist watch. This being true, the battery should last a year or two. I do have visions of the unit dying half way through a unattended shoot, but that hasn't happened yet.
I recommend this unit to anyone not wanting to sell their mother for the Canon OEM equivalent. ;)
4 stars purely because you can't turn the damn thing off to stem battery drain.
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