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170 of 183 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2010
I bought the Opteka RC-3 Infrared Remote Control through my wife's Amazon account, to use with my Sony Alpha 700. The skimpy instruction sheet that came with the control is cryptic and at first I could not get the control to work.

After removing "the plastic separator in the battery compartment, The sheet says 2 "Turn on the camera"; I did.
The sheet says 3 "Turn your camera in quick response mode"; I have no clue what this means but it is irrelevant, because what you have to do is press the "DRIVE" button on top of the camera body to access the different Drive modes on the camera's LCD monitor.

The sheet says 4 "Toggle between the different settings using left and right arrow. What you need to do is use the camera's multi-selector to toggle ALL THE WAY DOWN on the Drive mode screen to the "Remote Commander" setting, then press the multi-selector to accept and exit.

Once this process is completed, the remote works like a charm. The product's price/value is good and I would have rated it 4 or five stars if it was not for the poor instructions and lack of online support.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
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I would highly recommend this remote to anyone looking for a simple, easy to use, lightweight controller.

I was hesitant at first to purchase this "less expensive" remote for my brand-new Sony NEX-5 camera but figured that I would give it a shot. It's half the price of the Sony remote commander (which has tons of useless buttons I'll never use). I only wanted something SIMPLE for remote shooting only...

This works absolutely PERFECTLY with my NEX-5. All I did was unpackage it, pull out the battery protection tab, set the camera to remote control mode, and both the buttons (the "take a picture now" and the 2-second delay button) worked just as they should! I'm very happy with my purchase!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
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Works great for bulb, self portrait and timer settings and way cheaper than sony model.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
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works perfectly on my Sony SLT-A65. To install the remote, forget the instructions in the box. Just press the "Fn" button - select "Drive Mode" then scroll down to "Remote Cdr." and shoot away. Great product dont listen to all the other people complaining here...It does the job.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
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This remote worked right out of the box with my Sony a55, didn't have to program the camera to anything special, just turned it on and it worked right away.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
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I had a hard time deciding between this Opteka RC3 remote and the more expensive Sony Alpha RMT-DSLR1 Camera Remote (Black). However, I have found that only two buttons of the Sony remote work for taking pictures, and they are the two small buttons too close to each other on the top left; interestingly, all the other buttons on the Sony are only for playback functionalities. For taking pictures, this Opteka is identical to the tripled price Sony brand, and it was a no-brainer for me. In addition, compared to Sony, Opteka buttons are much bigger and easier to press.

The setup was fairly easy on my Sony A77. You just need to press the small "drive" button above the small LCD on top and move to the last item in the menu: remote. Then you can just layback and press the desired button on your remote to take pictures.

The range is fantastic! I tested it up to 45 feet, and I am sure it can go longer as long as it sees the camera's IR sensor. The only issue is that you need to aim directly at the camera's IR sensor which is on the left side of the front wheel. I would've loved to have an additional 10s button as well, but 2s is going to work just fine. I like the thickness, which is thin, but the remote can be a little smaller.

Overall, I am really pleased with the price and quality. For this price, you cannot go wrong getting this remote, and it saves you a lot of runbacks to the frame after pressing the 10s button!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2011
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Bought this for operating the shutter on my NEX-5N. I don't see why you would ever need all those extra buttons on the Sony remote, the only thing I need to operate remotely on the camera is the shutter during long exposures in bulb mode to prevent camera shake. The instructions state the max range is 16 feet, but if you are facing the IR sensor it will work beyond 25 feet. Definitely works as intended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
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I bought this remote for my Sony Nex 5n. It feels cheap and it is cheap but it works great. I don't know why people are complaining about the instructions, mine didnt even have any. It is very easy and self explanatory. It has two buttons one marked with an S and one with a 2s on it. Hmmm shutter and 2 second delay maybe? Why would they even attempt to make instructions when your camera will vary on how you set it to the remote setting? On this Sony it is the remote commander setting in the drive mode.

If you want to use this in bulb mode on the Sony 5n set the camera in one of the manual modes, P A S or M and set the shutter all the way down to bulb. If bulb isn't showing up you are in an incompatible mode. The remote works great it seems to be very sensitive to the 5n I can be directly behind the camera and it hasn't missed yet, you would almost think it is a rf remote not a line of sight ir. If you are getting poor results your camera might have a bad placement for the ir sensor or maybe the battries are getting weak in the remote commander.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2013
The infrared remotes, including this one, don't work well for the serious photographer. They only allow single shots. The control function on the camera menu to allow you to use the remote is the same one that lets you bracket for exposure or choose high speed continuous shooting. So, you can choose to use the infrared remote OR to bracket, but not both. If you just want to take a shot with you in it this remote works fine. If you want a shutter release for HDR photography or tripod work, either buy a wired cable shutter release or a radio controlled wireless shutter release.
The wired type of release attaches via a cable to the side of the camera. With the wired release it is basically a dongle that allows you to trip the shutter without touching and shaking the camera. The wireless variety has the wired dongle that attaches the same way but also has a radio remote controller. The wireless lets you get in the picture that same as this will but you don't need a line of sight to trigger the shutter as it is radio controlled. You can be behind the camera and still use it. I have used it to set the camera near a bird nest then stayed further back so as not to scare the birds. In this case I set my A55 to shoot at the 7 frames per second it is capable of. You can't do that with the infrared remote.

I give it three stars because it works fine if you just want to take a picture with you in it. You will need to set the menu (the same one that lets you bracket or shoot continuously) on the camera in order for the remote to work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
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Opteka Wireless remote for Sony A55 good price, works well when you are infront of camera but spotty when you're behind or to the side.
but for the price it's great..
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