Chuck, Chuck, Chuck.... Now you know that was the first thing I did! But, here's the kicker I belong to a great group of people who are more then willing to help with their experience on what has worked for them. Real people that I trust!!!
Sat 31-May-14 01:36 PM | edited Sat 31-May-14 06:26 PM by clicknrun
I have been using the SMDV RFN-4s radio frequency remote for at least 6 months now with no glitches, including in wind driven salt spray conditions. I use it multiple times per week, often throughout the day for hummingbird shots. I just leave it on my camera body now at all times and it presents little drain to the battery. The remote battery (a single AAA) lasts for months. Below is an Amazon link. I bought it after reading so many positive reviews. I have a cable release back up and have never had to use it (knock on wood).
I got mine on your recommendation. I've had it about 3 hours and 75 frames on my D700. It's small, unobtrusive, the remote is a handy size, and it worked right out of the box. Best I've had yet, and I've had a bunch. I hope it holds up.
Mine is in use as I type this, Tom. If mine is any indication, it will be as reliable as it is easy to set up. Good luck! If after months of use it begins to act up, change the battery on the remote. Mine did not fail, it just suddenly got finicky ... cleared up as soon as the battery was changed.
I've put the release through its paces, and am very pleased with it. The slave unit powers itself down after some interval, and needs to be turned back on. It runs off the camera battery, I guess, because there is no battery in that part. Powering down may save the camera battery if left on for a long period. It's not really a problem to turn turn on, but remembering to do it is required. Not a big deal. I will probably buy another for my D300. There numerous channels available, so I will only fire the camera I intend.
Sun 01-Jun-14 02:27 PM | edited Sun 01-Jun-14 02:31 PM by colin1957
If you want a 'simple' wireless remote then you already have lots of great suggestions, one of which - the Hahnel - I use myself.
If you want to go further and control your camera from a smartphone or tablet then the CamRanger gives you Live View on your smart device, the ability to choose focus point, change ISO, aperture and shutter speed and a few other functions as well, plus of course the ability to trigger the camera from the touchscreen of the smart device. I have one of these for macro insect and garden bird photography where I can be indoors with the camera set up outside and trigger from the comfort of my desk.
Edit: I forgot to mention that I believe that the CamRanger software also works on Apple MacBooks and iMacs, without the advantages of touchscreen obviously.
Sun 01-Jun-14 02:45 PM | edited Sun 01-Jun-14 02:49 PM by clicknrun
>If you want to go further and control your camera from a >smartphone or tablet then the CamRanger gives you Live View on >your smart device, the ability to choose focus point, change >ISO, aperture and shutter speed and a few other functions as >well, plus of course the ability to trigger the camera from >the touchscreen of the smart device. I have one of these for >macro insect and garden bird photography where I can be >indoors with the camera set up outside and trigger from the >comfort of my desk. > >Edit: I forgot to mention that I believe that the CamRanger >software also works on Apple MacBooks and iMacs, without the >advantages of touchscreen obviously. > >Colin
Wow, Colin, I didn't know such an app existed. I was just taking hummingbird shots with the remote and the camera set where I could see it and one of our feeders from the living room this morning. I do this often on a day off in the morning while I'm relaxing with coffee and my laptop. Of course, focus is the primary problem and and I was saying to my wife that one of these days I would be able control all aspects of the camera from live view touch screen. Now I go the the forum and see your post. Thanks! I will be going on line to check it all out. How long have you had yours? My wife just downloaded the app and said there is also a motorized tripod head available.
>Colin, > >So if I got the CamRanger, would there be a need for a >wireless remote? Since you have both, what are your >thoughts?
It will depend on what type and where you do most of your photography.
If I'm trekking up some Scottish hillside using a 10-stop ND filter to take very long exposures of waterfalls I'd take the simple wireless remote - less to carry, iPad not at risk in rucksack or on wet ground and the subject is stationary so I autofocus once, switch to manual focus and shoot. If focus is more variable, subjects are small and possibly moving and I want to adjust settings remotely I'd be using the CamRanger and iPad (I find the iPhone screen too small for this task). The simple remote is quicker to set up so if I'm time limited I use that. It is also smaller, the receiver sits on the camera hotshoe and the trigger in my shirt pocket.
Sorry that the answer isn't simple - but if you asked me to choose one or the other I'd definitely go with the CamRanger.
>So, I ended up purchasing based on your input the rfn-4s and >CamRanger. Looking forward to giving them a try. Thank you >all again for sharing your knowledge and experience. > >Mary Hi Mary FWIW, One of our great photogs here in Australia has been using the RFN 4S for quite a while and says it is the best one he has ever had and usually leaves it on the D800 most of the time ....Gary
I used to have a photographic memory but never got it developed
I will let you all know how it works out. I have my grand boys coming to stay next Tuesday for 2 weeks. Not sure I'll have a chance to set it up during their visit. You know how 2 active boys can be... But if not during that time then after and I will report back.
>Wow, Sunshine, you've got all the bases covered now! Would >love to hear feedback on your experience with the Camranger - >ease of setup, function etc. The more information the better. > > >Jon Marshall >
Hi Jon, just reporting back. I've installed the CamRanger and have to say it was one of the easiest install I've had the pleasure to do. I fooled with it for a few minutes and I can tell you this is really going to be a fun and useful device. I haven't had a chance to do a lot with it yet but hopefully will get some quality time with it in the next 2-3 weeks.
Thu 31-Jul-14 01:19 AM | edited Thu 31-Jul-14 01:22 AM by clicknrun
>>Wow, Sunshine, you've got all the bases covered now! >Would >>love to hear feedback on your experience with the >Camranger - >>ease of setup, function etc. The more information the >better. >> >> >>Jon Marshall >>
Visit www.flickr.com/photos/63226642@N08/ > >Hi Jon, just reporting back. I've installed the CamRanger and >have to say it was one of the easiest install I've had the >pleasure to do. I fooled with it for a few minutes and I can >tell you this is really going to be a fun and useful device. I >haven't had a chance to do a lot with it yet but hopefully >will get some quality time with it in the next 2-3 weeks.
Thanks so much, Sunshine! Sorry for the late response but I've been delinquent in checking this forum lately. Considering your response, this will be a "must buy" on my list.