The RC-1 remote control
Canon market an infra-red remote control, the RC-1, for the Elan
II, IIE, 50, 50E.
I have an RC-1, and it did work well until I accidently dropped it,
which is one of the reasons why I built my own remote.
Advantages of the RC-1 include:
- the price ($20 at B&H)
- you have an option of a two second delay before the
picture is taken.
- the size and weight (60 x 25 x 12.3 mm, 15.5g)
- bulb feature: when used on bulb setting, a single press
of the RC-1 release will open the shutter, and a subsequent
press closes it.
- having to always press the self-timer/remote control button
which only stays set for four mins. (It can be really
annoying if you are waiting longer than 4 mins for action
and you have to continuously remember to press it again)
- will only operate up to 5 meters from the camera, and cannot
- will only work if the remote is in front of the camera
(although you can bounce the beam off a mirror). The remote
needs to have line of sight to the infra-red sensor on the
since the sensor is located near the auto-focus assist
light, this can give you little margin for
error when using long lenses.
- fragility. The RC-1 is small and light; my RC-1 did
not survive a drop onto tiling from a height of around
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