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Best Wireless Remote Release for Digital Rebel XT?

Christopher Oquist , Jun 23, 2008; 11:42 a.m.


I'm trying to find a solid, reliable wireless release for my 350D. I tried searching the forums but there wasn't much of a discussion on how these work or what the best products are. Are there any inexpensive wireless releases that work most of the time and all you to auto-focus (depress shutter halfway)? I looked on B&H but this thing didn't seem to have great reviews:


I'd like a remote release for night/landscape/long exposure photography, and figure a wireless one would also allow me to take self-portraits outdoors (hiking/travelling).

Does anyone have experience with a good one?



Rob Bernhard , Jun 23, 2008; 11:58 a.m.

Is there a reason you're not interested in the RC-1 made by Canon?

Christopher Oquist , Jun 23, 2008; 12:27 p.m.

No reason - I guess I didn't come across it. Just checked it out, and it looks like what I'm looking for, thanks.

Do you know if there is a model with a range longer than 16ft? Do these generally allow you to take photos in rapid succession? I know little about these kinds of releases.



Brad - , Jun 23, 2008; 01:14 p.m.

Anybody have experience with some of the RF-based remotes? Seems the RC-1 is optical and needs line of sight to the front of the camera.

John G , Jun 23, 2008; 01:36 p.m.

Christopher Oquist , Jun 23, 2008; 03:00 p.m.

Has anyone used the Pictosnap? RF-based and one press of the button apparently both focuses and releases the shutter? http://www.pictosnap.com/

Summer Leif , Jun 23, 2008; 03:40 p.m.

I own one of the following radio frequency wireless shutter release units. It was inexpensive at $109.95, and it works very well.


Mark U , Jun 23, 2008; 03:56 p.m.


It seems as though the Phottix ones may be a good option. I think they have a new version out that optionally mounts the receiver in the hotshoe. They also do a much more reasonably priced timer remote than the Canon TC 80N3.

Michael Hultström , Jun 23, 2008; 05:19 p.m.

As for the best, it is probably the Pocket Wizard. Gonna be the most expensive as well.


Kristy Duggan , Jun 25, 2008; 10:33 a.m.

RC-1 made by Canon (on my Rebel XT)

I've had this for about 2 years. I avoid using it; because every time I've needed a remote trigger, I've been frustrated with it's limitations. The trigger has to be held in front of the camera and when I was shooting self portraits with my children, it was very unreliable. It probably only triggered the shutter about 1 out of 4 times. I had to have the trigger in the photo in order to activate the camera.

I would suggest that this remote is ONLY good for close-up self portraits (as long as children are not in the photo). I wanted it for portrait photography to allow me to step away from the camera but I guess I need to upgrade to an add-on system. I can't afford the Pocket Wizard but I might check out the link Summer posted.

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