Adorama Wireless Radio Remote Release for Canon EOS 5D 5D Mark II 7D 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 1DSM2

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Features:

  • 16 channel
  • Omni-Directional Wireless RF Radio Remote Release
  • Two position switch (one for focusing of camera and one for shutter release)
  • Range of over 100 feet
  • Consists of Receiver which connects to camera's cable release socket and Sender
  • bulb mode
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Adorama Wireless Radio Remote Release for Canon EOS 5D 5D Mark II 7D 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 1DSM2 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Still early, but it's working great

Great range on the unit, and have not had any issues as far as picking up around corners, thru foliage, etc. I do question the durability of the unit, particularly the transmitter. Even though it would make it bulkier, I would prefer it to have a flat back, and not the ridge for the battery it currently has. That little battery door will pop off occasionally, and I must admit that it is rather annoying to put back on.

My little unit did come with the appropriate batteries, including one extra for the transmitter, which was very good considering one of the batteries was dead. Possibly caused by the fact that the button to the transmitter when pressed activates the unit. There is no "OFF" button.

Overall, a great little unit for the price even with my petty cons. I went to this after utilizing a Canon Wireless unit for my Rebel XT (I have since upgraded to a 40D), and I must say I like this unit FAR better than the Canon model. The speed and range are far superior, and the ability to fire off shots are DRAMATICALLY increased. All for around the same price.

In other words, if this is your price range, get this unit, you will be hard pressed to find a better one.
Coffee Jerk at Adorama on 05/05/2008

Like a potato chip, can't stop using it

I have used it to take long exposure night shots, group shops that actually included me, candid family shots where everybody was caught acting naturally, telephoto and macro shots where I cannot touch the camera, and remote shots where I can monitor the subject without staring endlessly into the view finder (and can therefore use all of my vision to anticipate the shot's perfect moment). In all cases it worked perfect once the plug is seated correctly into the camera (sometimes it had to be reseated to make it work). The plug is not 100% reliable, but once seated correctly, it works flawlessly. The battery cover and overall feel is a bit flimsy, but once you realize the battery will pop out the moment the cover is bumped, you can anticipate doing the "find the battery in the grass low crawl" maneuver. It needs recessed buttons to prevent accidental dead batteries. I haven't had this problem yet, but I can easily foresee getting into the back country and unpacking my gear to find dead batteries. And yes, it will achieve the stated 100 feet of range. I agonized over spending the $, but now that I have used it, I have no regrets. Thanks for the increased opportunities your product gave me.
Randy at Adorama on 03/03/2007

Amazing

I searched through all the reviews trying to decide if this was worth my money. To get to the point, yes it is. Normally I live by the mantra "You get what you pay for" but this is an Adorama product its got to be worth SOMETHING, and if not they are reliable enough of a company to refund me. But that won't be necessary. At a small fraction of the price of the Canon product, and more useful since it doesn't require line of sight, this thing is great.

My only complaint is I wish they would have had someone who speaks English fluently write the instruction manual. Living in Japan I have to deal with enough broken English and bad translations, I don't really want to deal with it from the manual of a product I brought from the States that's marketed to American consumers.

But that is a small complaint. Well worth the money especially if your just starting out, or don't see the need in paying a large amount of money for a product that won't function as well.
LGunnz at Adorama on 01/01/2011

Excellent Release

Reasonably priced remote release that works as advertised, which is to say very well. Would prefer more channels personally and the first unit I purchased had a lazy switch spring so that after use it began to become inconsistent in triggering the camera - that said, I would buy another. The Canon offering while stronger in every way is also much higher priced. Better than being tethered to the camera by a cord this unit is excellent for getting in the shot, night photography, and when taking portraits it allows you to move about and catch the shot without staring through the viewfinder. My major con is that I wish it were a bit more robust in construction. I have used this release for over a year in various application so this is not an out of the box opinion with limited experience.
PMH at Adorama on 01/01/2008

Impressive wireless remote

This is a great remote. As we were not allowed down front, we captured some outstanding images during our last wedding with this that had both parents of the bride in tears. My only concern about this unit is that the radio trigger contacts for the 23A battery don't seem as secure as I would like. I had to take the unit apart several times, take the battery out, and put it back in before it would communicate with the remote. Once I got it working, it did not fail. I tested it out to 75 feet and it worked flawlessly. I have no way of knowing how fresh the batteries have to be, so we are carrying two sets of triple-A's and 23A's.
Don at Adorama on 01/01/2009

Nice wireless remote

For the price of under $25 you can't go wrong with this wireless remote. However be patient the first time around, the instructions are not all that user friendly. Nowhere in the instructions does it tell you that you have to hold down the trigger until the shutter trips. The way the construction looks and feels it would come across as one touch and the there ya go. No, maybe I'm just dense but I fiddled with this thing for 40 minutes. Long story short, yes I would buy it again, other than that it is a good little remote, fits nicely, built fairly well, and it does what its suppose to.
KC Photography at Adorama on 12/12/2011

Very handy remote, great price too!

I was hired by my brother to shoot his wedding and also asked to be in the wedding party. My assistant was to take detail and closeup shots and I needed a remote for my new Canon 30D at the back of the hall. The Canon remote comes in at $650+ which I thought was out of the question. In my search for a reasonably priced remote I found this one at and it got great reviews. It worked perfectly, I got the shots I needed and was able to stand up for my brother. It doesn't get better than that!
Rob Currie at Adorama on 10/10/2007

Worked great with my Canon 20D

I bought this primarily for hummingbird and other wildlife photography. While I have only been able to set up and use this once so far, it performed perfectly. Instead of sitting in the nearly 100 degree summer heat in an uncomfortable chair waiting (literally) hours for the hummingbirds to be enticed by my floral setup, I am now able to sit in air-conditioned comfort looking at my setup through a bay-window to trigger my camera and flash setup. I am anxious to try the remote on Turkey and Deer this fall season.

Overall very pleased with the purchase.
ksshutterbug at Adorama on 09/09/2007

Inexpensive radio release for Canon SLR

I set up a small studio over my garage with studio type flash for portraits and product photos. I wanted the ability to shoot wireless for the freedom and the stablility of not touching the camera while shooting. The Canon solutions were $440 and up, way out of my range, and this unit filled the bill perfectly. I'm sure the Canon unit is a lot more rugged than this, but so far it has worked perfectly in light duty for six months. And using standard AAA batteries is a big plus.
The Martman at Adorama on 03/03/2011

Very good, just pack carefully.

Overall, very good function. Very light weight.

Just wish the remote transmitter had an on/off switch. The receiver has one, but the remote does not. I always worried, when traveling, that the button would be pressed in my backpack and the battery would be dead when I needed to use the kit.

Had to take extra care to position it so it wouldn't be pressed. but finally gave up and pulled the battery when I packed it.
SAngelo at Adorama on 04/04/2010

Negative Reviews:

When it works, works great

I used this to take some portrait shots and it worked about half the time. It seemed like the cord wasn't creating a good connection, because sometimes I could press it in a little further and get it to work, using the shutter release on the cable. However, I couldn't get the wireless remote to work more than a third of the time. The "manual" was not helpful - could barely understand it. However, I will continue to try to work with this and see if I can learn to make it more reliable for myself.
Urbanito Photo at Adorama on 01/01/2011

A bit dodgy...

I purchased the remote release to use for portrait shoots (specifically for an upcoming wedding) as well as other posed shots to reduce camera shake. It works well about 75% of the time. Chief complaints are that it turns itself off too quickly and yesterday, during a portrait sitting, it was on and still wouldn't fire.
Think it's going back and an upgrade will be purchased.
Elizabeth at Adorama on 10/10/2010

Alright.

This thing works about half the time. Will not work in bulb mode. Not impressed at all but will probably keep using it since I paid [$] for it. At least for now. If I was being paid for a shoot I would be entirely unhappy as half the time this will not fire the shutter.
Cacklefest Photography at Adorama on 12/12/2011

Range not adequate

While the remote works perfectly, I found the range to be insufficient and the batteries difficult to replace. I've had much better luck with the pictosnap remote.
Joel Peterson at Adorama on 02/02/2008

Cheap and short range

1. Real range of actiion is of ca. 30 ft.
2. Very "cheap" quality. Compartment for battery in transmitter just doesn't fit properly for battery.
Serge at Adorama on 04/04/2008

WL radio remote release for Cannon 20D

It never worked for my Cannon 20D. I have to return it .
Ian at Adorama on 05/05/2007

Neutral Reviews:

Works OK Most of the Time

I bought this mainly to use in some bird photo opportunities such as near a nest or feeder. Also thought it would be useful for taking pictures of my wife and I during our travels in lieu of asking someone to take our picture as some scenic spot. It has functioned mostly when I needed it, but I have had problems with a depleted battery in the transmitter on two occasions, first when it arrived with the battery dead, and the second, three months later on a hike in Utah, when for some reason I found the new major brand transmitter battery was dead. Because I did not have a spare battery on my person, and would have had no way to replace the battery if I had a spare one because the transmitter requires the removal of two tiny screws to open the case, I was not able to use it when I wanted it most. When you open the transmitter, you'll be amazed at how flimsy the construction is, and I can't see doing this in the field in any case. If you buy one of these, add a small screwdriver like you use on eyeglasses to your toolbag, buy spare batteries, and check the thing before you head out in the field so you can work on it in a protected area if necessary. I really don't understand why the new battery depleted so quickly in the transmitter.
By the way, different reviewers talk about different battery types so the design must have evolved. My receiver has a 3v lithium battery and the transmitter has a 12 volt A23 alkaline battery. Would be nice if they were both the same type.
In summary, I'm satisfied at the price point for this device, but I'm not at all sure of its dependability.
Chasrob at Adorama on 05/05/2012

Cheaply made but it works

I purchased this remote release in 2010 and have been using it lightly over the past year or so. It functions reasonably well, given the price. I have had a few instances where it seemed like the receiver wasn't picking up my button presses on the transmitter, but for the most part it has worked well. This morning, however, I noticed that the antenna in the transmitter was loose, like it had broken free. I opened the case and discovered that the only attachment the antenna had to the circuit was a tiny bit of solder. There was no strain relief or anything to prevent movement of the antenna from breaking the solder joint. I used hot glue to secure the antenna base to the circuit board and re-soldered the connection at the end and now everything is great. Better than new even.
Sailracer at Adorama on 11/11/2011

I'd return it, but...

So far, I haven't used it for anything besides trying it to see how it works.

It works. I haven't tried using it from 100 feet away yet. Just walked down the hallway in the house and gave it a shot.

The instructions? Good luck. I'm not sure who translated them from Chinese to English, but it's quite a read.

The only reason why I'd return it or wish I didn't order it is in one of the modes, I'm not sure what the hell the mode is, but there are two symbols on the transmitter, a B and what looks like a G. The B mode, it appears to work fine, but in the G mode it likes to take 2 shots in a row instead of one.
Poltergeiss at Adorama on 09/09/2010

Questionable

Used this product very successfully about 3 times. On subsequent attempts it would not connect. Returned it for another and have used the replacement only once (successfully). Reliability would seem to be questionable, but will give it another chance. Functionality is very good when working.
Ken at Adorama on 06/06/2009

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The product works fine once it has a functional battery. I got two shots and then had to replace the transmitter battery. Bottom line, does what it says and is a good value if you don't need to run out and buy a battery
DCGR at Adorama on 10/10/2010