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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2012, 08:20:33 PM »
only pain in the ass is there is no on / off switch so you just have to take the batteries out when finished
not a big deal really

To be fair, you can't turn off the genuine Canon TC-80N3 either.
I keep my battery in there, but reversed, it's perfectly usable as a remote switch without power. If I want timer functions, then I just take the battery out, reverse it, and use it as intended.

I didnt know that, never used the genuine one :P

The absence of an off switch is mentioned as a downside quite often and I don't really understand why. The power consumption is minuscule, probably equivalent to a digital watch, yet nobody fears leaving the battery in a digital watch.
i dont really sonsider it a downside as such more of a mild annoyance i just keeps some AAA eneloops in the bag with it and put them in as needed

Does your off-brand take AAAs?
Genuine Canon takes a flat battery, like CR2020 or 2032 (yes, i'm too lazy to move 1.5m to get it off the floor and check).
And yeah, it probably drains as much power as a watch in standby mode (and probably barely above not-installed-self-draining), so flipping it over like I do probably isn't going to make it last much longer. But I have a habit of not carrying spares, last time it was a dead battery in the eos 3 at 11pm on a saturday for a concert. Good thing I had a 7D and Pentax Spotmatic as backup...
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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2012, 08:20:33 PM »

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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2012, 08:56:38 PM »
yeah all the off brand ones all take 2 AAA batts so pretty easy there
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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2012, 09:04:06 PM »
Hahnel giga t pro for canon works really well with the 5 d mark III. So reliable is covered and it's right at $100 which is slightly cheaper than the Canon version. Also you can set 2 timers so it loops continuously.

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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2012, 11:48:14 PM »
It's not cheap but togastro makes a controller that allows the mirror to be flipped up before the shutter is released. It's really intended for astrophotography but it can be used elsewhere. It has plugs to suit the XT/T series and the N3.

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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2012, 03:41:16 AM »
It's not cheap but togastro makes a controller that allows the mirror to be flipped up before the shutter is released. It's really intended for astrophotography but it can be used elsewhere. It has plugs to suit the XT/T series and the N3.

I'm presuming that you have to set mirror lockup on the camera, then it fires on shot to do lockup before firing the second for the photo (presumably longer Bulb-shot).
Sounds a bit fancier than the TC80, I'm wondering how that could be accomplished without something so specialised though. I'm thinking something like pressing the shutter button on the remote-part to lockup the mirror before pressing the 'start' button on the timer mechanism after a few seconds to let mirror vibrations die down.
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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2012, 06:20:20 AM »
Hahnel giga t pro for canon works really well with the 5 d mark III. So reliable is covered and it's right at $100 which is slightly cheaper than the Canon version. Also you can set 2 timers so it loops continuously.

Another vote for the Hahnel, and it comes with both the small jack plug lead and the 3 pin lead, so it can be used on any Canon.
Also does delayed shooting so great for self portraits, and it's small and lightweight and being wireless, it works from quite far away which is great for remote shooting of wild life.

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Re: Any reliable & cheap parallel product to the Canon Tc-80n3?
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2012, 02:05:18 PM »
Your additional points on the Hahnel made me think of one more plus. You can also use it to start and stop video. On the Mark III I set the shutter release up to start and stop video and have used the Hahnel to start and stop video using the continuous mode.

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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2012, 02:05:18 PM »