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« on: June 07, 2013, 09:47:01 AM »
can anyone advice me on the capabilities of the rc-6  ir remote control. i want to set up my camera around the garden and take shots of birds, foxes , put it up trees etc ( i havnt got any super long lenses) so itll be like a camera trap but ill be controlling when it fires.

i have a 6d but sadly i have a windows phone (no canon app)  and i dont own a laptop (my desktop pc is not close to the garden and not possible to move), so the wifi/tethered options are a no go. 

my options are , buy android phone/get alaptop (expensive ) or another remote 

is the rc-6 anygood for a budget option, is it something that  i could work around its limitations, or is there another relatively cheap option i could go for. considering my gardens not huge but might want to work at 20 meteres

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Re: remote shooting
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 10:08:22 AM »
RC-6 is IR line of sight - you'd need to be facing the front of your camera for it to work.

There are a variety of relatively inexpensive RF triggers, here's one example.  For a bit more, you can get intervalometer functionality (for time lapse) added to the RF trigger, e.g. this one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 11:14:58 AM »
I don't know anything about the rc-6, but I've used the YongNuo RF-603 which is RF (instead of IR) and it works wonders.  Also, each unit is a "transceiver" which means you don't have to worry which one goes where and you can combine multiple (in the future) to fire camera(s) and flashes from anywhere.

On a separate note, if all you want to do is birds and animals and you want to stay low budget, look into Magic Lantern.  It's a software solution (a firmware addon) that runs on your camera and has the capability to fire the camera upon detecting a large change in front of the sensor.  So you can position your camera where you want it, enable this function, drop some bread crumbs in front of it and wait!
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Re: remote shooting
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 11:48:28 AM »
There are two remote options I have:
i)  CamRanger, it does use WiFi and range is 150 feet or better,  Windows beta version may be available on request.  Interfaces excellently with iPAD4.  Hope you can give it a try.
ii) Triggertrap,, interfaces with iPad, Android or Windows systems.  With iPAD, it has a function that triggers the camera with "motion sensitive" mode, as well as a number of other functions.  This unit is open-sourced, allowing you to add more hardware/software functions to do more things.  Review the product online.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 12:00:44 PM »
If those programs don't work I'd second Anthony's post and get an RF602 or 603.  I use my 602s all the time when my line of sight remote doesn’t work – and I have a 6D and a smartphone, I just find the radio triggers to be quicker and easier.  602s are like $25 for a set on Amazon, and it doubles for off-camera flash.

The 602 transmitter is a little smaller, and the receivers have a 1/4" mount for light stands, which I really like.  The 603 has a universal transceiver, and doesn’t rely on specialty batteries (the 602 transmitter requires a CR2 lithium.  They last forever, but it’s still annoying).

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Re: remote shooting
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 06:14:57 PM »
There are also active USB extension cables that would allow you to use your computer for tethered shooting from much further away.....

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Re: remote shooting
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 06:14:57 PM »