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296 of 301 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2000
This remote uses a small infrared transmitter to trip the shutter of many of the EOS line of cameras (EOS 10, Elan, Elan II/IIE, EOS IX and possibly others). I bought one 5 or 6 years ago and I haven't had to change the battery yet. Unlike wired remote shutter releases, the RC1 doesn't require the user to set anything up -- just point the remote at the camera front and press the button. The RC1 clips onto a holder that can be threaded through your camera strap so it's always nearby when needed. It measures (inches) 2.25 x 1 x .5 (length x width x height) and weighs not much more than one ounce.
The RC1 as two controls on it: a small slider switch and a larger button to trip the shutter. If you're wearing gloves, the slider switch is near impossible to adjust but the shutter button is easy to hit. The slider offers three settings: Lock (disables the shutter button), regular and 2-second delay. The regular setting works just like the shutter release on your camera although you can't press it halfway to autofocus. The 2-second delay locks up the mirror when you hit the shutter button and then trips the shutter 2 seconds later. This is very useful for longer exposures or shooting with telephoto lenses.
I've found the RC1 to be plenty sturdy (I shoot mostly outdoors and tend to be pretty hard on my equipment) and easy enough to unclip and operate with one hand. I have only two complaints with it: you need to point the remote at the front of the camera -- the IR sensor is right next to the shutter release -- which can be tricky when using wide angle lenses as you don't want to include your remote in the picture, and the RC1 doesn't provide any feedback that the shutter had been tripped -- I often find myself peering back through the viewfinder to see if the mirror is up or keeping my ear near the camera to listen for the film advance. This is a far simpler remote than the ones Canon offers for their top-end camera but it's also far less expensive and heavy. I only wish the RC1 worked for the EOS3!
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129 of 134 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2004
I received this product a day ago and am happy with it. It's simple and reliably does what it's supposed to do. I bought it primarily for 'bulb' exposures [with my D-Rebel], but, of course, it is also useful when you want to avoid camera shake or to get yourself into the shot.
As others have noted, it is extremely light (15g) and tiny. Those reasons are why I picked this remote over the RC-5 and RS-60E3. Also, there is a camera strap clip included, so it will be quickly available. Canon is even kind enough to include batteries. This is definitely the one to buy.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2001
When something works as it is supposed to, and then it also has an elegant form to it, I will always give it five stars. I have used this remote a lot, and this is actually my second one for a second Canon camera. I consider it to be an essential tool for the camera. Indeed, it probably should come as a standard feature. If you have any use for a remote at all, don't hesitate to buy it. The batteries last well and are a common hearing aid battery, easily found in stores, cheap to replace when you need it, if you need it. Mine last years! It clips to the camera strap, is innocuous when it is there, and therefore it is always handy. I use my camera for work and pleasure, and this item is indispensable for all of it. When we are traveling my wife likes to have photos of us taken together, and with a small portable tripod or monopod, I can usually prop the camera up and get a shot of us standing together without having to bother a passer-by who will usually screw up the photo anyway. You press the button to how long you want it to "lapse" before it actually snaps the photo, that being adjustable, giving you quite a bit of time to pose if you want it. I even took photos at my own wedding using it. Are you getting it yet? Very useful, flexible, well designed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2004
Easy quick way to remotely operate the shutter for my Digital Rebel. Works either as an instant release or allows for a slight time delay after pressing the button. Much easier than running back to the camera for taking family photos..!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2007
I bought this for my Rebel a while back and kept it for my XT. I use it for Macro shots on a tripod (so I don't introduce camera shake). I use it at night for long exposures (lots of second curtain flash sequences with the kids and flashlights...).

I use it for family photos where I want to get into the picture (and use the 2 second timer).

I just found out it doesn't work on the xxD line (ie the 40D).
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2004
This little piece of equipment is wonderful! It's so small and light that you won't even notice it when it's attached to your neck strap. Rather than using the RS-60E3 remote switch with a tiny 4ft. cord which can get tangled up, use this and have all the flexiblity in the world...well at least up to 16ft. You can use it like a standard shutter release or with a 2 second delay. But the main reason I purchased this remote was to use for bulb exposures--just push the button once to open the shutter and when you're done just push it again to close. And the best thing about the RC1 is the price. At just $20 you can't go wrong.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2005
Works as advertised. Very light and small. Seems to work well within the distance limits.

Highly recommend for those who want to use a tripod for long exposures or want to be in the picture themselves.

Note for amateur photographers - The remote works best when you switch from AF to MF modes (for your lens). If you have lenses that only do AF, not sure how the results might be. But I guess thats a limitation for any similar remote.

Note for Canon Digital Rebel (and XT) - Cannot use the remote when the continuos shooting mode is selected. This was unexpected for me - basically this means that if you want to take portrait photographs in continuos mode, you cannot use the remote.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I recently got this remote and I love it. I mean whats so special about a remote? Well it's wireless and you don't have to set the timer and run to get into the picture. I have used it for landscape pictures on my tripod to reduce camera shake. It was very cool to set up the shot, wait for the camera to be still and then take the shot. If you have a camera that works with this remote (I have the Canon Rebel XT) and want a remote, get it. It is compact, appears sturdy and works well. It comes with a clip to put it on your camera strap that covers the button so it doesn't get pressed when it is mounted into the clip.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2006
The remote works fine. I use it with my canon digital rebel. What I didn't know before buying a remote is that you have to be in front of the camera. I was hoping to take some candid photos of birds in my yard, by not being next to my camera. But this will work only if I'm in the shot, so not so good for this purpose... However, I think this is the only type of remote that will work with my camera, so on that basis I have no complaints. It's small and light and works as described.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2007
This device should be standard with all digital slr's. The versatility it adds goes far beyond including yourself in group shots, I was at the Kentucky derby this weekend and I wanted pics of the enormous crowd, so I mounted my camera on a mono pod without extending it I held it up high above my head as if it was a scepter or the Olympic torch and used my rc1 to trip the shutter. the shots are amazing.

One reviewer comments that it doesn't auto focus that is not true! when you press the button your camera will quickly auto focus and then snap the picture it's true you can't press it halfway but why would you want to, if your using the rc1 then your not looking in the viewfinder anyway.

Some reviewers mention difficulty in positioning the rc1 to effectively trigger the shutter. It is kinda tricky at first and it is IR so it is LINE OF SIGHT. I believe some of the blame for this falls on the size of the camera sensor. Its really small and the front of the hand grip may not be the best spot to put it. For the size that it is you would think there would be additional sensors on the back and side. But getting used to the sensor placement is a very small hurdle to overcome to really enjoy the benefits of this device
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