Why make your own remote control instead of buying Canon's ?
Why not just for the fun of it ?
However, here are some more rational reasons:
If you make your own it costs about a 25% less - ($15 as opposed
to $20 at
so why all this work just to save around $5?
Well, there are several reasons why I went to the trouble:
My aim was to provide separate controls for auto-focus /
auto-exposure and shutter release, and also provide a convenient
way of making long bulb exposures. I did this by using momentary
push switches for normal operation, and added a non-momentary toggle
switch for long exposures. The toggle switch allows you to open
and close the shutter without having to keep your finger on a button
throughout the exposure. I have been told that Canon's RS-60E3
provides this function by means of a locking switch.
- I can extend the reach of my remote control with standard
headphone extension cables.
- My remote control is more flexible in use than Canon's.
- Making your own remote control allows you to choose the
style of control that works best for you.
If you don't need a long cable extension, and don't require the
flexibility of building your own remote, or you don't know what
a soldering iron is, then I would advise you to buy Canon's RS-60E3.
After all, it doesn't cost that much more.
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