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03/24/2012 10:11:58 AM · #1
I have the infrared remote shutter release for my canon, but line of site is a real pain. Does anyone own a radio trigger type remote shutter release? Do they work well? What brand?

Any info would be appreciated.

thanks!
03/24/2012 11:15:15 AM · #2
I just bought that too and I hate it. Worst investment so far
03/24/2012 11:16:59 AM · #3
Originally posted by mrchhas:

I just bought that too and I hate it. Worst investment so far


Yup. I agree. So I'd really like to try a radio one.

Someone must know something!! :)
03/24/2012 11:29:14 AM · #4
Wendy,
When I was looking for manual radio flash triggers (as opposed to E-TTL) I found these: //www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-Wireless-Trigger-Shutter-Transceiver/dp/B004YTA15W/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1332602717&sr=8-7
they also function as radio remote shutter release, although they're pretty big. They also don't screw onto the hotshoe on the camera, so if you tilt it, the trigger can fall off (design flaw, imo)
They are very reliable, use AAA batteries and are fairly cheap and...they function as manual flash triggers too. Get two sets, which gives you four things and you can have two flashes and a remote release.
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David

Message edited by author 2012-03-24 11:30:14.
03/24/2012 11:46:12 AM · #5
I also have a Yongnu but it is the RF-602/C. I have only used it a couple of times, but it works well. Here is a review: Link. It has the same issue with the hotshoe. I do like the box it came in with these descriptions on it: "Unlimited wonderful" and "Easily grasp"
03/24/2012 11:51:42 AM · #6
I purchased four Cactus V5 transceivers. With an optional cable they will work as camera triggers. One nice thing about them is the “half-press” to focus the camera works through them. I have tested them to 100 meters and they are as solid as a rock. I got mine through Midwest photo exchange.

//www.gadgetinfinity.com/cactus-wireless-flash-transceiver-v5-duo.html



Message edited by author 2012-03-24 11:53:02.
03/24/2012 02:42:17 PM · #7
I bought the Vivtar wireless and it has worked without a hiccup. The only issue is that I wrote in another post how tough they seem because I have dropped both pieces onto concrete and they had bounce back working; since then I swear I have dropped them every time I have carried them. I bought this for the 40, but it works just as well on the mark 2.

The receiver unit has a button so you can use this unit as a wired cable, and the sender unit comes with a loop to tie on to your wrist or loop through your belt, as well as a little clip that can attach to zippers or the like. On the remote you can switch from normal, to bulb mode, burst mode and 2 second delay. The 2 second delay is really handy when you have to be your own model and need to hide the trigger. This is a design that was thought up by photographers rather than production engineers.

Message edited by author 2012-03-24 14:54:56.
03/24/2012 02:46:25 PM · #8
I have used this one by ALZO. It works great and the range is very good.

The only drawback I have found is that if you place the receiver in your gear bag and the on button gets knocked, you'll drain your battery. So, I always remove the battery. Which, is good practice for any electronic device you aren't regularly using.

ETA: Amazon.Com - $28.50, free shipping.

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03/24/2012 07:50:02 PM · #9
I have the already mentioned Vivitar units. It works very well. After fussing with the stupid little IR remote that nikon sells, this thing works great. No line of sight, can trigger from another room, very simple and effective.
03/24/2012 08:34:46 PM · #10
I didn't realize it until I read this thread that my cheap cowboy studio flash triggers can be used to trigger the camera too! I hate my infrared remote, it can now go to the back of the closet never to be used again.
03/24/2012 08:47:26 PM · #11
I've got this type and it works flawlessly
03/24/2012 10:31:12 PM · #12
Thanks, all!

Can the cowboys be used as a remote shutter release? I knew the pocket wizards could, but I didn't think the cowboys could...

The yongnuos worry me a bit, I like to move the camera around -- I don't know about the not attaching well...

The vivtar and the alzo look good as well. It's nice to know they're reliable.

I'd love it if the cowboys could function as a remote shutter release -- I was going to buy them as flash triggers anyway.

Off to dig a bit deeper...
03/24/2012 10:39:51 PM · #13
Interesting -- when you look up cowboy studios on amazon, and look at the picture, the device says yongnou
03/24/2012 11:10:45 PM · #14
I played more with the cowboy ones, and they do work to trigger the camera but it's far from perfect.

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To do it put the flash receiver on your camera and connect it using the included PC socket to mini plug cable.

The gotcha is that this does not have a separate auto focus button. It turns auto focus on continuously! Normally on a tripod this wouldn't really matter, as you probably have your lens set to manual focus. But when the camera is actively focusing it won't let you do anything else like change ISO or preview the image you just took. So do make any simple adjustments you need to unplug the trigger, annoying to the point of unusable.
03/24/2012 11:18:06 PM · #15
I use this one which works great with my T2i. Very good range. The only flaw I can see with it is there is no on-off switch on the remote so the battery doesn't last as long as it would with an on/off switch. It seems to be 70% off on amazon right now..

ETA: there are some more in depth reviews on the amazon page

Message edited by author 2012-03-24 23:21:02.
03/24/2012 11:57:16 PM · #16
Originally posted by bhuge:

I played more with the cowboy ones, and they do work to trigger the camera but it's far from perfect.

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To do it put the flash receiver on your camera and connect it using the included PC socket to mini plug cable.

The gotcha is that this does not have a separate auto focus button. It turns auto focus on continuously! Normally on a tripod this wouldn't really matter, as you probably have your lens set to manual focus. But when the camera is actively focusing it won't let you do anything else like change ISO or preview the image you just took. So do make any simple adjustments you need to unplug the trigger, annoying to the point of unusable.


Very good to know -- I'll just use the cowboys for the flashes then, and get one of the other ones mentioned here for a better setup.
03/25/2012 09:25:29 AM · #17
The Youngnuo's do have the half press for focus as well.
03/25/2012 06:10:47 PM · #18
I have the Yongnuo RF-602 triggers also.
I got mine from here:

Yongnuo

As has been pointed out the trigger simply slides into the hotshot and does not lock.
I have never had a problem with it moving.
If you are concerned about this simply get one of those thicker red elastic bands and hook it under the flash area (the solid part not the actual flash) at the front of the camera and under the trigger where it is connecting to the hotshot. Shouldn't fall off with that in place and it's a simple fix.

You can also use the RF-602's to trigger the camera but if you are using this for a shoot you would need two triggers.
The set triggering the camera would be on a different channel.
It can trigger the camera which then triggers the lights.

03/25/2012 06:55:26 PM · #19
Another user of the RF-602's here. Both a flash trigger and shutter release and very reasonably priced. Mine have worked like champs (which is a lot more than I can say for the Cactus V4's I bought a couple of years ago.)
03/25/2012 07:46:23 PM · #20
So I can turn my camera portrait and they're not going to fall off?
03/25/2012 08:05:51 PM · #21
Nope, won't fall off.
But you can add the elastic as I suggested above if you are concerned.
03/25/2012 10:24:42 PM · #22
I have stacked two Cactus V5’s on my camera. The bottom one is set as a transmitter for the flash. The top one is set as a receiver for the camera shutter (on a different channel). A sync cable runns from the top transcever to the camera. There is nothing to fall off, because both are screwed into the flash shoe.
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