Do people still use a shutter release cable in digital camera age?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by aniramca, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. aniramca

    aniramca Guest

    I seem to notice that the advance digital cameras, as well as some (if
    not all) models and brands for the DSLR do not have a screw-in
    attachement for a shutter release cable. I wonder if this is an
    inconvinience for some photographers, or does it now become obsolete
    and not needed anymore? Personally, I found this device is useful, as
    I recall that using the cable release and a tripod will make sure that
    the camera does not move when you push the trigger button. Any
    comments?
    Thanks
     
    aniramca, Jul 18, 2007
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    Charles Guest


    Mine have electrical contacts for that purpose. Even more mechanical
    isolation.
     
    Charles, Jul 18, 2007
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  3. Of course cables are used but they're all electronic these days.
     
    Richard Polhill, Jul 18, 2007
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    harrogate3 Guest

    Most can handle a dedicated (read expensive) infra red remote, and
    some are now coming with Bluetooth capability.
     
    harrogate3, Jul 18, 2007
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    Jonathan Guest

    I use mine all the time with my Nikon. I just ordered the IR remote last
    night.
     
    Jonathan, Jul 18, 2007
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    Trev Guest

    I was surprised to find my Fuji S9600 use's a cable release, It also took
    some searching to find it amongst my old Photo Kit.
    Most digital Cameras use a electronic remote be it wire. Wireless or Infer
    Red.
     
    Trev, Jul 18, 2007
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  7. Well, that's sort of obsolete with electronic remote release systems. Common
    are cable, infrared, and computer controlled (via USB).

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, Jul 18, 2007
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Cameras at the 'pro' level usually have a remote that can trigger a
    picture without the hazard of a cable connection.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jul 18, 2007
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  9. Imagine: being killed by 6 inches of cable.
     
    Richard Polhill, Jul 18, 2007
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    C J Campbell Guest

    The cable itself can introduce some vibration. Wireless is better.
     
    C J Campbell, Jul 18, 2007
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  11. aniramca

    C J Campbell Guest

    The newer cameras use electronic shutter release devices. No mechanical cable.
     
    C J Campbell, Jul 18, 2007
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    Marvin Guest

    For that purpose, use the timer that most digicams have.
     
    Marvin, Jul 18, 2007
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Unlikely, but one could pull the camera and tripod over....
     
    Ron Hunter, Jul 18, 2007
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Yes, the cable release is basically a flexible rod in a sheath that
    presses the button, and that can introduce motion.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jul 18, 2007
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  15. I never had a cable release less than 15" long, 6" is useless. ;-)

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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    Only if it is used badly. Always use a cable release with a gentle bend
    over its length, never use it straight to the release as that will
    often introduce unwanted movement.
     
    Neil Ellwood, Jul 18, 2007
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    Allen Guest

    I had (perhaps still have) a CR 6 or 8 inches long, but I didn't use it
    often; that was back when Super-XX (equivalent to ASA 100) was the
    fastest film available with reason able grain. I really miss the IR
    remote that I had for my EOS Elan--in a case that attached to the neck
    strap and was totally unobtrusive. I wish there were something like that
    for my S3 IS. That was by far the handiest device of that sort that I
    have ever had.
    Allen
     
    Allen, Jul 18, 2007
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  18. We use IR-Remote controls and cable remotes :)

    There even are bluetooth remotes
     
    Enric Martinez, Jul 18, 2007
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    Scott W Guest

    Note so, 6 inches is enough to avoid the vibration when pushing the
    shutter. A tripod without a cable release is only half a solution, it
    is surprising just how much a camera mounted on a tripod can move when
    the shutter is pushed, a 6 inch cable fixes that.

    On the other hand my cable is closer to 12 inches, I am not sure I have
    seen a cable as short as 6 inches.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Jul 18, 2007
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    george Guest

    IR isn't a substitute as it only works in a direct line-of-sight and no one
    puts the sensor on the BACK of the camera...so, it is only if you wish to
    take pictures of yourself (useless in my book). Bluetooth is RF so it'd
    work OK, but would be an extra cost...a simple wired electric switch works
    for all my needs...but Nikon knows how to grossly overprice those ($70-$130)
    by having custom, non-standard connectors on camera and cord so what should
    cost about $10 doesn't.
     
    george, Jul 19, 2007
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