Interested to learn what others are using to control bulb exposures. I've been looking at the Satechi, iOShutter and TriggerTrap but wondering what else may be available. I'd like to be able to select the bulb exposure I want and have it release the shutter and then close again when the time is up.
I do it manually with MC30 or MC36 remote cords. I have both. There is a lock switch on the release button for the "bulb" effect. Downside is that you have to stay there to release it. Will need to read my MC36 manual as it may have a way to set longer exposure times than 30s but I do not recall.
Hopefully someone with experience of the various electronic remote trigger systems will know if there is a way to preset long exposure times - I don't have experience of these gadgets.
Somewhere I actually have a bulb and associated pneumatic tubing that was used for long exposures in the days before electronics...
Both get the job done but the wireless gives me more options, as I do not need to be very close to the camera. The MC-30 has 2.5 feet cable. I am also worried that the cable might get caught in something or trip the complete system (Camera on a tripod), if I am not careful. Hence I moved to the wireless option.
I have no experience with the options you have listed but they look interesting. The benefit of Vello device is that the receiver has its own power and will not drain battery from the camera, especially if you are looking for very long time-lapse or other bulb mode shots.
I've tried several. I like the 2.4GHz setups for range and features.
I have 2 Pixel (goes by several other rebranded names for same model) remote releases. One is the TW-282 wireless, other is the wired version (same features minus wireless). Bonus is they all plug into eachother as backup if one dies (wired).
I've used this setup for 2-3 years happily. Low light, fireworks, star trails, etc. One limitation of these (and several other RR's) is the gap between shots. Doing star trails i didn't like the gap in the star trail. Minimum 1 second (no LENR obviously).
That got me looking for something new and am trying out the new triggertrap setup (v2 i think). So far it's worked well. My goal was to use iphone/ipod touch and ipad/iphone to control wireless. Honestly i find it more useful/easy to just use my iphone and do it wired. Eventually might go wireless, but so far it's been easy since i always have my phone with me!
I did one night shot at Mt. Rainier for star trails and really appreciated the wireless option of the Pixel setup (mosquitoes and flies at lake's edge). I was 20+ feet away doing other fun things (playing w/ GF's camera and light painting w/ her), while it shot away the series for star trails. Using the new TT setup i'd definitely plan to go wireless if doing similar. Good excuse to play w/ that setup anyway.
I know the MC30/MC36 are great setups, but at the price i still feel the after market options have better features (like wireless), for a LOT less...
Is the app, Raydio Master professional bluetooth camera remote? The directions, according to the app, are: "...connect the mini shutter release cable to your camera. Turn on the mobile app and shoot." This is blue tooth, right? So, what is the mini shutter release cable? Do I need to buy one?
I use the mc-36 cabled release on the D200 and D700 (works with the D800). Normally I just hold the release for the desired time, but it does have the option of programming the time then you can hit the start button and let it end it for you. You can download the user's manual from NikonUSA.com.
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>I have been using Hahnel Giga T Pro II Wireless Remote with >great sucesso. Easy to use and great performance.
For those of you with the Hahnel Giga T setups - doing intervalometer - can you do less than 1 sec delay between shots?
The receiver and screen on the wireless remote look almost identical to the Pixel TW-282 i have. The screen is sideways on the Hanhnel, but same menu/items on the LCD display. Receiver is spot on, minus the different brand name on it.