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Works Perfectly, A Little Cheap
on January 27, 2014
To listen to some people on here you'd think it was a major problem that there's no user manual with this thing. Here, I'll write you one.
Install the batteries (which were NOT included) and the unit lights up. The small button on the left turns on the light for a few seconds and holding it down will lock the light ON. There is a 4-way directional pad in the middle with a SET button in the center. Use the left and right buttons to toggle the mode between DELAY (how long the unit waits to fire the shutter), LONG (how long a long, or bulb, exposure will last), INTVL (the time between "time lapse" shots, minimum is 00:00'01") and N (number of shots the unit will take before stopping. "- -" is infinite shots, 1 is normal). The musical symbol allows you to toggle the beeps on and off.
To change a setting, you press the SET button in one of the modes, then use the directional pad left and right to highlight the time or number you want to change (HH:MM'SS"), then press up and down to set the time or number. Press SET to lock the setting.
Another small button labeled TIMER START/STOP starts the timer/bulb/interval, etc countdown and function,and takes pictures. An LED on the unit lights green when autofocusing, and red when the shutter is released. You can have ANY combination of settings. For example, a time delayed shot that holds the shutter open for 10 seconds, once every 5 minutes, for 30 exposures. If you simply want to use the unit as a remote shutter release, you don't even need batteries. Just press the big button in the middle of the unit. It even has half-presses for autofocus. The big button will not use the timer features, however, just the small one on the upper right. There's even a lock on the big button for long exposures.
There is no on/off switch, which is baffling. I got around this by putting a piece of waxed paper between one of the batteries and the contacts so that I could leave them in the unit. To turn it on, I simply pull out the paper. It's a little more time to reinstall it when you're done, but that slower part comes after your pictures are taken and you don't have to fool with batteries while trying to set up a shot, just yank out the tab.
This remote works with my Rebel XT perfectly fine. I'm very well satisfied for the money.
EDIT: After the commenter below piqued my interest about an auto shutoff, I gave an off the hip response. I decided later to see just how long this unit would last on the batteries if you just left it on. Mine's been on now for days, maybe a couple weeks, and shows no sign of slowing. I guess you don't need an on/off switch. It appears to consume little to no battery when it's not actively in use, probably less than a wristwatch would since it's really just an LCD display.