Remote control vs. cable release

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Hamilton, Dec 30, 2003.

  1. Hello.

    Would someone explain the difference (advantages a/o disadvantages) between
    a wireless remote control and a cable release?

    If you are kind enough to respond, please keep in mind the following:

    1. I acknowledge that there is an inherent advantage to a device that does
    not require battery power to operate.

    2. Whether or not this is a standard feature, I can disable the 3 second
    delay (Pentax *ist) when using a remote control.

    Thanks in advance!
    Chris Hamilton, Dec 30, 2003
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  2. Chris Hamilton

    Jim Waggener Guest

    Chris, a cable release is a mechanical way to trip the shutter and
    normally requires that the picture taking button is threaded to accept it.
    It is a physical connection between you and the camera. A long wire that you
    press at the end to trip the shutter.

    A wireless remote will allow you take the picture without any physical
    contact between you and the camera. No cable. You point a infra-red device
    toward the camera and push the button and the shutter is tripped. Your
    camera needs to be able to accept such a device.
    Jim Waggener, Dec 30, 2003
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  3. Chris Hamilton

    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Each has advantages and each has disadvantages. I don't know about Pentax
    prices but for Canon both are pretty cheap so we have both the wired and IR
    releases for my wife's Elan - I wish there was a wireless version I could
    afford for my EOS 3. If there was I would have it.
    Tony Spadaro, Dec 30, 2003

  4. A wireless, naturally, lets you get farther away from the camera, or
    set it up in some location where stringing a cable would be difficult. If
    it's infra-red, you probably need to maintain a line-of-sight with the
    sensor on the camera body, which is oftentimes on the front. This limits
    the usefulness of such a remote (but not to any great extent, IMHO, and I
    use one all the time).

    Some cameras have to have the wireless option activated, and this may
    time out after a while, meaning you can no longer use the remote after five
    minutes or so.

    While it's rare, radio-frequency remotes can be subject to
    interference, and may balk or receive a false signal to trigger. They tend
    to be much harder on batteries than IR remotes.

    The *ist has an option to use mirror-lock-up with the remote, which
    is very handy for high magnification and/or moderately long exposure shots,
    where camera shake can produce too much of an effect on film. The remote
    lets you trip the mirror a few seconds before the shutter, so the slap of
    the mirror flipping out of the way has time to die down and won't be
    vibrating the camera. When sharpness is crucial, this is a great option to
    have. Coupled with a wireless remote, the camera has as little chance as
    possible to be disturbed.

    Here's something odd I discovered. With Canon's IR remote (can't
    vouch for others), the red focus assist light on the front of the
    camera will blink to signal the countdown for the shutter, and again when
    the shutter closes. Lets you know that you successfully triggered the
    shutter. But this can actually shine light onto your macro subject, as I
    discovered when copying a glass-fronted portrait - very annoying.

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Dec 30, 2003
  5. Chris Hamilton

    whoelse Guest

    Remote control = same as self timer but u don't have to cock and run to
    take self portrait or group photo.

    Cable release = Useful for time exposure, bulb where u need to open the
    shutter for few minutes example. The release can hold/lock the shutter,
    remote only triggle the shutter and can't hold it.
    whoelse, Dec 30, 2003
  6. Thanks to everyone for the useful information!
    Chris Hamilton, Dec 30, 2003
  7. Chris Hamilton

    Alan Browne Guest

    Many (most?) up to date SLR's have electrical circuits for this now,
    usually a three contact connection. And this camera connection can be
    connected in turn to a "wireless" (radio or IR) control or a cable with
    switch. The switch usually has a helf-position to cue the AF and then
    full depress for the shutter (emualtes the camera shutter button).
    Alan Browne, Dec 30, 2003
  8. Chris Hamilton

    Alan Browne Guest

    Doing some long exposures and flashes (2nd curtain sync waiting to fire)
    were blinking the red assist light... ended up exposed. A little "gobo"
    of black paper was the trick.... black tape should work too.

    Alan Browne, Dec 30, 2003
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