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on March 16, 2012
This is an inexpensive product that seems to function as intended, and does its job. I figure that is worth four stars, in this case. I'm using it with a Canon T3i, which isn't on the compatibility list, but it works fine. It is an effective wired remote control, allowing the taking of a picture while minimizing camera shake, and at a distance of up to three feet from the camera. Used as a remote shutter release, it allows the "half-press" of the button to set focus and/or exposure, just as the button on the camera does.

A remote shutter release can be useful in many situations, especially when you, the photographer, are relating to the model or subject. It is essential on long exposures, using the bulb setting, to capture fireworks, lightning, or stars. The timer can also be set to make a long timed exposure, where you choose the duration of up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds (which I will call "100 hours" for the rest of the review). Most interesting to me is the intervalometer function, which will direct the camera to take a series of exposures at any interval up to 100 hours between shots, selectable in one-second increments. The total number of exposures is entered separately, and can be any integer up to 399, or "unlimited", which I take to mean that you have to turn it off manually, whenever you decide you have enough. I plan to use this function for making compressed-time videos of clouds and weather, building construction, flowers opening, and other time-lapse subjects.

Less interesting to me, this timer can be used for a shutter release delay in one-second increments, from zero to 100 hours. Being able to set a delay of something longer or shorter than the built-in camera self-timer delay (usually ten seconds) might come in handy in some situations. Unlike the built-in camera timer, you can set this timer to take multiple exposures at the end of the delay, again up to 399 exposures, or unlimited. I can't imagine a use for really long delays. How would I know in advance that I will want to take a picture, for example, exactly 43 hours, 15 minutes, and 12 seconds from now? If you need it, this timer will do it. The same multiple exposure option can be set without any time delay, so if you want to take, say, five exposures whenever you press the button, you can program that in. The same selection range of 1-399 plus unlimited applies here.

Several reviewers mentioned that the Bulb locking button didn't work for them. Mine works flawlessly, and I couldn't get it to pop off unexpectedly, even when I tried. Check this feature when you receive the item, to make sure yours works properly. The manual specifies "two AAA 1.5V LR03 alkaline batteries (available Separately)". No mention is made of rechargeables, which I would prefer to use.

CONS
Up to this point, the timer seems to perform properly all of the functions listed in the Amazon product description. Now I will list the ways that this product could have been made better and easier to use, at little or no cost to the manufacturer.

With brand-new alkaline batteries, the LCD screen light is so dim that in a fairly dark room, I thought it wasn't working at all. Only in complete darkness could I tell that the timer's lights were illuminating the screen. With or without the lights, my timer's screen is hard to read in low-light situations.

The manual could use proof-reading and more complete information. The diagrams could be much clearer. It contains phrases like this instruction under Start the Timer: "Focus and the release indicator Lianhong Deng." Most of the errors are guessable, but I haven't figured that one out yet.

Every timer function defaults to the hours setting first. This means that every time, you have to move the cursor over to the seconds setting. I expect that I will set only the seconds in more than 99% of my usage, so this is a needless waste of time. Timer settings should begin with the seconds, and let me move to the minutes and hours, only if I need to.

As others have mentioned, this sophisticated electronic device has no ON/OFF switch. What a waste.

There is no "Clear" function. This means that whenever you change a setting or mode, you have to manually go into each variable, and reduce it to zero, if it is no longer needed. It's easy to forget to do this. Since there is no ON/OFF switch, when you take the timer out of the box after a period of non-use, it will still execute your previous settings. I'm unlikely to remember this between uses. It's quicker and more reliable to take one of the batteries out for a second, which resets everything, than to go through each menu and reset all the variables to zero manually.

Settings for the different functions will interact, which is sometimes useful, and often confusing. Suppose I set up the timer to take 100 exposures with the intervalometer. Later, I set the delay timer to take group photo with a 15-second delay, so I can get in the picture. When I start the timer, it will take the delayed picture that I want, and then proceed to take 99 more photos, unless I stop it.

Overall, I think this timer is useful for me, but with a little attention to better interface and usage features, it could have been much better.
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on September 12, 2010
I was a little hesitant to buy it only because there hasn't been any reviews on it yet but I bought it for my Canon t2i 550D and it works great! Only two issues though, hence the 4 stars...

Cons/problems:

- When I press the main shutter button and push the slide over it to hold that button down for BULB shots, it doesn't seem to want to stay. I just stick a paperclip in to hold it open. May take some usage for it to weaken or something...

- And like every similar remote out there... NO OFF SWITCH! No problem though. It runs like a wristwatch so a new set of batteries will last for months.

Another note, I'm very happy with the product. Easy to use, great for time lapse, and it's a great price.

Thanks!
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on August 9, 2011
You know you've bought a quality product when you can find multiple typos in the manual. Haha but in all seriousness, for the price, you are getting a product that does the job which is all i was asking for. It has all the necessary functions such as setting a delay, exposure time, and interval. You can also set a maximum number of pictures that you want it to take. I was also pleased to find out that this product had a backlight since at least half the time lapses i will be doing with it will be set up at night. The only downside i have found is that there is no on and off switch. Its not really a big deal though, all you have to do is remove the batteries and you're good to go.

I gave this a four star rating because it is the least expensive remote timer i could find that was compatible with my t2i and it still has all the functions that i need to be satisfied with the product. Its either buy this, or buy the expensive brand name ones. I am overall very pleased with this product. It might not be the same quality as an expensive brand name timer but its worth it for the amount of money i saved.
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on April 13, 2012
This remote works with Canon 60D for anyone looking to get this for that camera. Like some other reviewers have said, the switch would not lock in place for the bulb function on my unit so, I took it apart and bent the small metal plate that is screwed behind the button so that it sits on the plastic detent on the cover behind. At this price, did not want to go thru sending it back and forth. This product feels sturdy enough both inside and out although I wouldn't bend the plate too many times if you decide to do what I did should you have the same problem.
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on January 9, 2012
Here is a video I made with the remote ...[...]
Like everyone else I will say that the only problem is that you need to take off the batteries.
But it works perfectly... I'm really happy with it.
If you want it buy it! or if you are doubtful just buy the one from Canon or nikon... +140 dlls.
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on November 16, 2011
ballin little cheap guy. worth the huge investment. works snappy with my t3i as well! Yeah the build quality isnt awesome and the only way to turn it off is to take out the batteries, but overall 4/5 stars for me.
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on May 16, 2011
I ordered this product and I was worry a little bit about it, but after I received it I found it is very easy to use even without any guide and it has 3 timer control which makes it very useful. I recommend it to every one it is good and awesome. Thanks
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on September 9, 2011
I purchased this timer on the advice of a list on Listmania who happened to recommend the same lenses I own so I bought it without question even though it doesn't say it works with the 60D. Turns out it's more than I expected and easy to use. It takes 2 AAA batteries which I forgot and had to go buy and although there is no on/off switch I expect it will last quite sometime with its watch-like LCD display. For me the main purpose for it is to set interval shots so I can create stop motion scenes and this is exactly what I need, you can set delays, interval, exposure and actuations up to 399 in a row. Also a handy bulb switch that locks.

Very handy, simple, easy to use and inexpensive.
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on December 17, 2011
I bought this on a recommendation from a youtube video. This products works as advertised. I would like to see an on off switch on it though. I used it as a remote shutter button recently to take a picture of the moon. I wish I could post that pic here.
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on August 25, 2012
Works perfectly on my Canon T4i. It has a back light that you can turn on to set it up in the dark. An on/off switch would be nice or an auto shutoff timer. What I have done is ripped a corner off of a piece of paper so that when I need it powered off, I slip the paper between the battery and the contact on the remote. Works like a charm and I don't have to have the batteries rolling around loose in my camera bag.
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