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F.A.Q.s – Shutter Release Cables

I’ve had a couple of questions about shutter release cables for the Light Painting Workshop. You’ll need to get a remote which works with your particular model (not just brand) of camera.

Pentax
I currently have the Pentax Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1 It does the job when you’d like to reduce camera shake by not having to touch the camera to fire the shutter. In bulb mode you can press it once to open the shutter and once more to close the shutter. Another option for Pentax users would be a Pentax Electronic Cable Switch.

Pentax Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1

Pentax Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1

For other brands of cameras, Trevor came up with this quick list of possible shutter releases.

Canon
For 10D,20D,30D,40D,50D,5D,1D.
RS-80N3 Remote Control for EOS 1Ds Mark II, EOS 1D Mark II N, EOS 30D, EOS-1v, and EOS-3

For Kiss series and 60D
Canon Remote Switch RS60 E3

Trevor wrote a blog about canon remotes here:
http://fiz-iks.blogspot.com/2011/05/canon-tc-80n3-mod.html

Nikon
Nikon MC-30 Remote Release Cord for Nikon D300, D200, D100, D3,
NIKON MC30 Remote Cable Release (31.5 in)

Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord for D90, D5000 and D7000 Digital SLRs
Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Release Cord for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon MC-DC1 Remote Cord for Nikon D70S & D80 Digital SLR Cameras
Nikon MC-DC1 Remote Cord for Nikon D70S & D80 Digital SLR Cameras

Other options

All the above releases are made by the same companies as the camera, and available on Amazon.

If you are looking to save some money (or in some cases a lot of money) then another friend of mine, Pete,swears by Linkdelight. This photo accessory company is based in Shenzhen, China and sells no name versions of equipment at a fraction of the cost. Pete says most stuff is just as reliable as his branded gear. I have yet to try them out, but did like the look of this timer remote which should work with my 645D. At 20 bucks it’s probably worth trying out.

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