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Which Canon remote release is best?

R. J. , Aug 24, 2004; 09:53 p.m.

At present there seems to be two Canon remote cable releases, the bare bones RS-80 N3 "remote switch" as Canon call it, and the TC-80N3.

Comments on which might be best suited to my uses would be appreciated. I need a cable release (for Canon EOS-3 and EOS-1v HS bodies) that will do ALL of the following:

Bulb exposures, manually times by me; Auto long exposures, timed by the camera; vibration-free tripping of the shutter when using long lenses; as a standard cable release (whenever the camera is on a tripod, I guess).

It seems the basic RS-80N3 requires me to keep the shutter depressed the whole time during a time exposure, whereas the TC-80N3 will permit me to dial in the exact exposure time in a 'set and leave' type of mode. Comments welcome....


Flying Tiger , Aug 24, 2004; 09:55 p.m.

The RS-80N3 has a lock on it. You can leave it locked as long as you like. Unless you do a lot of time exposure with exact setting, RS-80N3 is good enought. $50 VS $130. You pick.

Robert Turner , Aug 24, 2004; 10:33 p.m.

A little more dough gets a lot more show

You may benefit from reading this review at Luminous Landscape- http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/tc-80n3.shtml

I have the TC and it is a blast and well worth a few extra bucks imho.

Hard to believe a timer/cable release can be a creative tool, but this once fills the bill!


Josh Hansen , Aug 24, 2004; 10:34 p.m.

With the cheap one, you use your wristwatch. With the expensive one you set it and forget it. I do lots of star/night photos and absolutely love the expensive one. I had to chop it though and attach a different connector for use on my Eos 5's. Works great though.

Mark U , Aug 25, 2004; 08:46 a.m.

The following is the most flexible commercially sold model I've come across - although rather more than the limited capability you're looking for, but it allows triggering pretty much any which way (different kinds of sensors as well as timers), and some very fancy timing options.


Charlie Vigue , Aug 25, 2004; 06:29 p.m.

I have the TC - it's worth the extra IMO.

C.G. Ouimet , Aug 25, 2004; 06:33 p.m.

I have the RS-80 N3 for my 10D. It works fine but I sure do miss the wireless remote I had for my Elan IIe. To my knoewledge there isn't a wireless remote for the 10D. Right? What about for the 20D?

Bobby Tan , Aug 28, 2004; 02:50 p.m.

There is no cheap wireless remote switch for the 20D either. I wish Canon would introduce a key-fob like remote switch like the D70 which cost only as much as a key ring!

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