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YongNuo Wireless Shutter Trigger: Reviewed

18 Oct

Today I’ll be reviewing the second item in my Friday goodie-bag, my highly anticipated “Wireless Shutter Release” from YongNuo. It has a similar, yet slightly modified design in comparison to the OEM Canon LCD remote (yet identical to some after-market copies), but I find it fantastic in it’s ease of use, and ergonomics to boot.



I purchased the remote, along with various other goodies, from YongNuo’s official eBay store, for three simple reasons:

  1. They offered free shipping to South Africa
  2. in the (not too unlikely) case of an item arriving broken in the box, I’m fully covered by the warranty. This warranty often falls away when purchasing from 3rd party online retailers offering discounted rates.
  3. They were really helpful when I messed up my order on eBay.

Features & Functions

This remote really is quite packed with features for the $50 price tag it ran from the manufacturer’s eBay store, including:

  • Single shutter button
  • Bulb shutter with “hold” switch
  • User-specified delay time
  • User-specified long exposure time
  • User-specified Intervalometer, with a shot-limit of 399, and then infinite.
  • An LED for focus confirm and actuation confirm (Green for focus, Amber for shutter)
  • a (faint) backlight!

What is quite remarkable about this little device is that one can stack the functions, ie:


delay of 5 seconds → long exposure of 10 minutes with a second-timer
or
delay of 4 hours (until sunset) → timelapse exposures of night sky, each 30 seconds long, for 8 hours (or however long your camera battery lasts)

Ease of Use

I really can’t compare this to anything but my Time Machine, but in any case this remote is dead-simple to use throughout.
One simply uses the directional pad to move through each page of functions (pictured) so:

First set the delay (00:00’00 if not required) then long exposure (again, zero if not needed) then the intervalometer, and then your number of shots (after this you can specify if you want to hear a beep after each actuation).
To start your program, simply hit the “Timer Start/Stop” button, and away you go. Wirelessly.

Range Testing

I got a chance this weekend to test the remote’s range, and was happy to see it was still firing at 180 ft (60m), anything further and I started getting shaky results – Regardless, living in South Africa, I don’t think I’ll ever be more than 180ft from my camera at any point in time, so I’m not too phased.
I should add, I tested this flash in a relatively quiet (in terms of radio-interference) suburb, with maybe 6 wireless networks in range. I’m not sure whether testing in a city or heavy RF areas would yield different results, but I’ll make a note to test such a situation soon.

Battery

The battery life on this remote really is fantastic, and far outperforms that of my Time Machine (although in it’s defense, the time machine is packed with a load more features.)
The wireless remote has no power switch, and so requires removing one/both of the AAA batteries, which I have yet to do, and as such, it’s been functioning very well for the past three four days and counting.

In conclusion, I have to say that for $50, this wireless remote is an absolute gem. It’s light, but not so light that you feel you’re using a kid’s toy. It’s slim, easy to use, has great battery life, and has a good range that far surpassed my needs.