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Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3

You Pay: $129.00
Product Highlights
  • Remote Shutter Release
  • Functions as an Intervalometer
  • Self-Timer
  • Interval Timer
  • Long-Exposure Timer
  • Exposure Count Setting
  • LCD Display with Backlighting
  • Enter Settings with a Single Thumb

The Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Control is a remote switch with a 2.6' (80cm) cord and a self-timer, interval timer, long-exposure timer, and exposure-count setting feature. The timer can be set anywhere from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes, or 59 seconds. A dial enables you to easily enter the numeric settings with a single thumb. The LCD panel can also be illuminated. The rear of the controller has a hole to keep the EOS-3's remote control socket cap.

Compatible with EOS-3, 1V HS, 1V, 1D, 1D Mark II, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark III, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, D30, D60 and D2000 cameras.

Canon EOS Camera Compatibility
EOS-3, 1V HS, 1V, 1D, 1D Mark II, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark III, 5D, 5D Mark II, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, D30, D60 and D2000 cameras.
Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3
  • CR2032 Battery
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonTimer Remote Controller TC-80N3
     
    4.6

    (based on 396 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (266)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (108)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (284)
    • Lightweight (256)
    • Reliable (231)
    • Durable (162)
    • Easy to set up (37)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (19)
    • Heavy / bulky (14)
    • Not durable (13)
    • Poor design (11)
    • No onoff switch (8)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (215)
    • Macro photography (135)
    • Travel (113)
    • Portraits (96)
    • Studio (89)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (109), Professional (105), Semi-professional (101), Tech savvy (25), Gearhead (18)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (37), Business (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (245), Yes (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Powerful tool

    Powerful toolWhy would you want to buy this product? 1.)Remote shutter release - that can be 30 feet away with the Canon extension cable. Photograph birds in the nest. Buy the extension...Read complete review

    Powerful toolWhy would you want to buy this product? 1.)Remote shutter release - that can be 30 feet away with the Canon extension cable. Photograph birds in the nest. Buy the extension cable – yes it cost about $70 but, if you do this kind of photography you will need it.2.)Remote timer – delay the shutter from 1 second to 99 hours. Photograph the moon's phases over time or anything with a cycle time. Combine this function with exposure count to have more capability.3.)Interval timer – photograph a flower bloom opening –Take a photo every X seconds for days, great for time laps photography. 1 second to 99 hours with or without limits on the number of exposures.4.)Long exposure – take a 15 min exposure of a night scene, etc. - 1 second to 99 hours.5.)Set exposure count – combine this function with other functions above to limit the number of exposures taken. A Zero value = no limits on the number of exposures taken.Some reviews have complained that this tool does not have an on /off switch. You do not need an on / off switch. The battery life with this device on 24 hours a day is over three years. Does your watch need a on / off switch?Others have stated that it is limited to 99 exposures, not true. "... set to 00 (blank setting) the number of time interval shooting will be unlimited." This product works great, gives you many options to photograph special subjects, is light weight, has a night light for the display and allows you to take a photo anytime by pressing the remote shutter release. You can start or stop any function by pressing the start / stop button. Yes the buttons are small, but it works fine for me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Durability problems

    I have just killed my third TC-80N3 and feel the need, finally, to review this piece of equipment.The timer remote is great functionally. It does everything you could need it to do. ...Read complete review

    I have just killed my third TC-80N3 and feel the need, finally, to review this piece of equipment.The timer remote is great functionally. It does everything you could need it to do. The backlight is effective, all the controls work fine, it is reliable and does what it is supposed to.The problem is that this is now, apparently, a [$] item. I think it was closer to 120 the last time I bought one. Let me say this simply: it's not worth it. The problem with this unit is that, eventually, the cord on the timer remote end pulls out. It has happened to all 3 of my TC-80N3's that I have owned. On the last one, I actually taped the connection to the remote as soon as I took it out of the box to prevent this from happening. It helped, but finally after maybe a year and a half or two years it has pulled out again.I use the timer remote for almost every shot I take, so I am definitely a heavy user. However, for [$], the knockoffs of which sell for 20 bucks, this thing should be more durable. Use braided wire, improve the strain relief on the remote end. Having this thing fail three time for the same reason every time is not acceptable.I would advise anyone buying this to tape or otherwise try to mitigate the issues on the remote end BEFORE they become a problem.For me, I have finally had it and will be buying the knockoffs. For 20, or even 50, bucks I can afford to have a backup which will be nice. The TC-80N3 is a good piece of gear for 50 bucks. For [$] it is a tremendous ripoff and severely lacking in quality.

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    5.0

    Essential for long exposures

    By Barn Owl

    from Santa Barbara, CA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly functional
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography

    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

    With a long background in large format film photography, I'm no stranger to the T (time) setting on classic lenses. In fact I carry a sports stopwatch for my not-infrequent 10+ second exposures on 4"x5" film. With T you click the shutter once to open and then click again to close.My modern Canon 5D ii digital cameras are way ahead in many features but I do miss T. I can expose up to 30 seconds on Manual but for night shoots and special effects with a 10 stop neutral density filter there is no substitute for T. Instead you have to set the camera to B (bulb) and hold the shutter open, without jiggling the camera, for long exposure. Well, there is a substitute, for us Canon shooters: the TC-80N3 Timer Remote. It serves the same basic purpose as my basic RS-80N3 cable release. But it also lets me extend exposure times from seconds to days - hands off, with no risk of camera movement. Way beyond that, the TC-80N3 provides interval exposures, time-lapse, and much more. I could have saved some money with a non-OEM brand but I prefer to trust Canon gear.

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    3.0

    No power switch?

    By sriffle

    from Columbia, SC

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

    I don't see why this minimal device couldn't be half the price. It works fine, but for > $ one would think it would have a power switch. You have to take the battery out. However, I've left mine continuously running for several weeks now and the battery hasn't died yet.

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    5.0

    Night Essential

    By TLaRueII

    from East Tennessee

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Night photography

    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

    I bought this for night photography, and I find it indispensable. Very well designed.

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    5.0

    Great Addition

    By T

    from Cali

    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

    The programable remote is great for studio and tripod work! Easy to use!

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    5.0

    Excellent tool!

    By St.

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

      It's very easy to use and do the job as it is supposed to.
      I'm very happy with the purchase.

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      5.0

      Good Product

      By BBMwBB

      from Florida

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

          I use the controller to monitor and create time lapse sequences of animal behavior. Took a bit to get used to but works great.

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          5.0

          Usefull for so many things

          By Blueberry

          from Grand Junction, CO

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Buttons Aren't Backlit

          Best Uses

          • Night photography
          • Time Lapse

          Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

          I use this remote all the time. I enjoy night photography and this remote is the perfect accessory. It may be a bit over kill for some people, but I like having the programmable aspect. I can set precise times for exposures rather than just using a cable release and a timer. There are a lot of setting combinations as well, almost too many. I think this is what took me the most time to get comfortable using. With a little practice though, it becomes easy to navigate. Battery life is amazing too, I am still using the original battery after about four years! The one thing that bothers me though, is the back lit display. The buttons aren't back lit! I need to use a lite to see the buttons in the dark. Not a deal breaker, just a bit of an over site by Canon.

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          5.0

          It Does What It Says

          By Guadalupes3rdmix

          from Detroit, MI

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astrophotography
            • Landscape Photography
            • Large Groups
            • long exposure
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Self portraits
            • Studio
            • Time Lapse

            Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

            I use the TC-80N3 mainly for time lapse photography. I've only had it a couple weeks, but my initial findings (about ten hours of use) point to a solid product, much better than the off-brand remote trigger I have that has no intervalometer. Sometimes the trigger will swing around on the cord, but a little velcro ought to take care of that. It's easy to understand, set up and use.

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            5.0

            Great for time lapse

            By mrgoodflix

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Time Lapse

              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

              Very reliable time lapse remote. The cable could be a bit longer - it tends to dangle off cameras on a tripod. Tape has always solved the problem.

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              4.0

              Works as Advertised

              By Barry

              from Edmonton, AB

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography
              • Studio

              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

              N3 connector is mostly metal, so fit is snug and reliable, unlike the cheaper plastic clones.

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              5.0

              Great purchase

              By CamKruse

              from Fort Wayne IN

              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

              I love this remote. If you want to take time lapse photos this is the tool you need. It was recommended to me by a pro and he did not steer me wrong. This remote is a must in my camera bag.

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              4.0

              Very fast setup - TC-80N3

              By West Coast Dad

              from near San Francisco, CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable
              • Very Fast Setup

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Time Lapse

                Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                The TC-80N3 offers about 70% of the camera control features that the CamRanger has, but costs less than half and is much faster to setup.Since most of my camera control applications are related to Time Lapse, I am happy with the faster TC-80N3 setup (basically - setup is done within seconds). The only major feature that I use that the CamRanger has and the TC-80N3 does not have is: Focus-Stepping. If anyone from Canon reads these reviews, please note that Focus-Stepping is great for building high depth-of-field Macro images - if you add that feature to the TC-80N3 you'll intrigue a whole new class of photographer.

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                5.0

                What I exected

                By Brian

                from Ontario, Ca.

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography

                  Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                  Unable to turn off when battery is installed.

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                  5.0

                  sweet

                  By higgins

                  from Tulsa

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                    This is a great addition to my gear, allowing me to take time-lapse photos and long exposures with great accuracy. love it.

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                    5.0

                    Works Great!

                    By Steven B

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                      Works as advertised! Have had no problems with this product so far. I enjoy using this so much for time lapse photography! Have no complaints about it other than there not being a dedicated off switch or button. I would definitely recommend this product.

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                      5.0

                      Worth Every Penny - PERFECT!

                      By Bellace222

                      from Cherry Hill, NJ

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • HDR
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                        aside from my camera body and lenses, this is one of the most essential pieces in my bag. I use this remote EVERY day and it has never let me down.

                        I am a professional photographer and a good part of my work is shooting real estate listing photos. Most are shot in HDR on a tripod... so an trigger is essential. I also like to shoot timelapse startrails and such. So let me dispell a few myths about this remote.

                        1) First, I purchased this a few years ago and I use it all the time. I still have the original battery in it! It doesn't have an on/off switch and it doesn't matter. The battery lasts for years. I carry a spare battery with me... it'll probably be dead by the time I need it.

                        2) My cable is not frayed at the base like many users have stated. I use this thing all the time and I'm not gentle with it. Granted, I don't yank on the cable and try to get another inch out of it. But it's usually hanging off of my camera as I'm moving around a house shooting pics. I toss it in my bag or on my desk and after 3+ years, it's not frayed. I believe that the other reviewers do have frayed cables... but what kind of abuse are THEY inflicting on it?

                        3) Most importantly... the 99 shot limit is true and false. When setting a shot count, you can select 1-99 OR unlimited. Sure it would be nice to select exactly 214 shots or whatever, but if you are shooting timelapse and had to do the math to figure out the exact number of shots you needed, you already know the length of time required for that. Simply set it for unlimited and shot for 3 hours. In most cases for me, I just set my interval and shoot until I feel that I got enough footage... 3, 4, 5 hours. Not once have I ever thought about how many shots I needed. (PS... there's an app for that!)

                        This remote may be more expensive than others but I feel that it's worth every penny. Built solid, great functionality, works every time... no complaints here!

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                        5.0

                        Great shutter release

                        By Daveypav

                        from Orlando,FL

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

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                              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                              I love this shutter release. It has a fast response time and you can do a lot with it. I haven't shot any time lapses using it yet, but I am really excited to be able to do that.

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                              5.0

                              Comprehensive features.

                              By soundoc

                              from Tucson, AZ

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

                              • Astrophotography
                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Long Exposure Landscapes
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Time lapse photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                              I have used the Remote only as manual shutter release, but in reviewing the features, it would appear that the interval timer, self timer, long exposure timer, exposure count controller and manual remote shutter switch provide all the functions one would need to augment those built into the camera. I used it on a 6D and the connection was firm and secure. I used it in a very dusty environment though not a wet one. I'm not sure how waterproof it is.

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                              5.0

                              Simple and easy to use

                              By Medeni

                              from Los Angeles

                              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                              Great addition to my Camera package.
                              Simple easy to use.

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                              5.0

                              Very nice addition.

                              By Pvtucaz

                              from Tucson

                              Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                              The remote timer is a perfect addition to my gadget bag. I have been using it for time lapse sequences and it works as specified. I only wish the counter could run greater than 99, but that's a minor inconvenience. No off button which is kind of unnerving, but the specs say the battery lasts three years so I can certainly live with that.

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