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An adaptation of my solution using an old film canister

Letter and pictures from John Thurmond (thurmond@MIT.EDU) 6/14/99:


Great page! Very nice of you to post the plans for the canon remote on the 'net. I was about to go buy a RS-60E3, figure it out and return it, but you saved me from having to do that!

I built a remote for my Canon IX Lite (it works for the IX cameras too, apparently), based on your schematic. Mine's a *tiny* bit cheaper, and a little more stylin', so I sent you a couple of pictures of it, in case you want to throw them on the page.

I used a film canister (an advantix film canister, actually) as the case, instead of the Radio Shack box. It feels better in your hand and saves you a couple of bucks. I also used a different switches, mainly for style and ergonomics. The big black toggle works really well and can be easily switched by your thumb while holding the other buttons.

All the parts were bought at radio shack. The big toggle on top is RS#275-648 ($1.99), and the momentary switches are RS#275-1556A ($1.99 for two). Watch out! 275-1556B switches look the same, but are normally closed (which wouldn't work too well!!). I just used a 6' headphone cable (RS#420-2387, $3.99) and cut an end off. Grand total is $11! And extra style points too!

Thanks for the great page!!


An adaptation of my solution using a bicycle wheel repair set box and a mouse cable from a computer

Letter and pictures from Kilian Regau (kultkili@web.de) 12/15/02:
Kilian also has his own remote control website: http://www.fernausloeser.de.vu

  Dear Chantal,

A few months ago I was looking for a web site, which shows the electric circuit of a Canon RC1 infrared remote control for my Canon EOS 50E. Google didn't cope with this problem, but there was another search result: Your Homepage with the instruction to build an own RS-60E3.

Then I decided to use this alternative.

Probably you know that students have no money left for buying things they don't need under any circumstances. So I tried (and managed) to minimize the price.

I used the plastic box of a wheel repair set for bicycles and one toggle switch plus two momentary switches of an old electronic device. In addition to that I cut the cable of a non-working computer mouse (because it's rather thin and flexible) to use it for my remote control. So the only thing I had to buy was the micro stereo jack connector (shop: www.reichelt.de).

The momentary switch at the top of the yellow box (shown at the pictures I attached to this mail) is for releasing the shutter and the switch which can be used with the forefinger activates the Autofokus.

Total price: 0,27 (Euros) for the stereo jack and approximately one hour of work.

The result: Now I have an extremely cheap remote control to use my camera in "bulb mode" without bluring.

Thank you very much for presenting the building instuctions for the RS-60E3 remote control on your homepage, it was a great help!


Kilian Regau, Germany

An adaptation of my solution using an Amiga joystick and a cable from a broken cellphone

Letter and pictures from Giorgio Signori (g.signoriNO@SPAMtelvia.it) 11/20/04:

  Hi Chantal,

Thank you for the nice webpage you set up for the EOS remote hack. I built mine following your simple scheme and had it done nicely and fast. I used the minijack-equipped cable from a broken cellphone headset, and an old Amiga joystick handle as the trigger. I took the autofire switch and mounted on top of it cutting some plastic to make a hole, to make the AE lock for bulb exposures. The whole thing is very precise due to the microswitches and quite ergonomic.

Total cost=0 since I had to buy nothing 8)

I attach some pictures.

Thanks again,

Giorgio from Italy

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