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Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote

B&H # SWFLEXRC1 Mfr # FLEX-RC1
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Product Highlights
  • Handle-Mounted DSLR Remote
  • Triggers HD Video for Canon 5D & 7D
  • Powered by 2 AAA Batteries

The FLEX DSLR Remote from Switronix is a patent-pending, handle-mounted DSLR remote that triggers HD video start and stop recording for Canon 5D & 7D cameras. The FLEX's unique gooseneck arm houses an optic that is to be positioned within line of sight to the remote sensor on the camera (transmits up to 3.28' (1 m) away, 135° coverage). Once positioned, the remote transmits a signal through the optic when the button is depressed. The arm can be extended up to 12" (30.5 cm) and coils down to approximately 3" (7.6cm) in diameter. The FLEX's all metal construction will stand up to the everyday rigors of HD DSLR video production and is powered by 2 AAA batteries (included).

Materials Metal housing
Fiber optic cable
Power 2 x AAA batteries
Dimensions 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.5" (6.4 x 3.8 x 3.8cm)
Max. clamp diameter: 1.5" (3.8cm)
Weight 0.5 lb (226.8 g)
Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SwitronixFLEX DSLR Remote
     
    3.8

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Everyday (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional (6), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    good

    Requirement of "Direct LOS (Line of Sight)" is quite literal and strict. Perhaps I need more practice with it, but have to walk pretty close to get the signal...Read complete review

    Requirement of "Direct LOS (Line of Sight)" is quite literal and strict. Perhaps I need more practice with it, but have to walk pretty close to get the signal through at times. Works with the T2i, 550D as well.

    The built in clamp at the back makes it a little bulky. Is it detachable?

    Solid Construction, built like a tank.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Frustrating product

    I'm perplexed by all the positive reviews on this item. While it IS built like a tank and can be mounted on just about anything, the transmitter on the end of the IR flex...Read complete review

    I'm perplexed by all the positive reviews on this item. While it IS built like a tank and can be mounted on just about anything, the transmitter on the end of the IR flex cable is way too short and more importantly is way too finicky about placement to actually work with cameras. It not only has to be in DIRECT line of sight, it also has to be in close proximity (like half an inch) to your camera's IR receiver cell to actually work. As one reviewer noted, if the flex cable moves even slightly, it will stop working. And when I say slightly, I mean the smallest bump or fast movement can cause this. The flex cable is sufficiently stiff and stays in place fairly well, so we're talking about it actually moving only a tiny amount and the thing will stop working and have to be repositioned in order to "see" the IR receiver cell again.As an example, pretend that every time you want to change the channel on your TV or cable box you had to place the remote about 1/2" from the box AND move it directly in front of the receiver cell. THAT'S how this unit works. Tried it on multiple cameras and worked the same on all of them.So I cannot recommend this product. And regardless of its solid construction, it is NOT worth $[$].

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    2.0

    Frustrating product

    By Chris - Shooter & Editor

    from Evansville, IN

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

      I'm perplexed by all the positive reviews on this item. While it IS built like a tank and can be mounted on just about anything, the transmitter on the end of the IR flex cable is way too short and more importantly is way too finicky about placement to actually work with cameras. It not only has to be in DIRECT line of sight, it also has to be in close proximity (like half an inch) to your camera's IR receiver cell to actually work. As one reviewer noted, if the flex cable moves even slightly, it will stop working. And when I say slightly, I mean the smallest bump or fast movement can cause this. The flex cable is sufficiently stiff and stays in place fairly well, so we're talking about it actually moving only a tiny amount and the thing will stop working and have to be repositioned in order to "see" the IR receiver cell again.As an example, pretend that every time you want to change the channel on your TV or cable box you had to place the remote about 1/2" from the box AND move it directly in front of the receiver cell. THAT'S how this unit works. Tried it on multiple cameras and worked the same on all of them.So I cannot recommend this product. And regardless of its solid construction, it is NOT worth $[$].

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      2.0

      DOA, not DOA, worked, then DEAD

      By LemurStudios

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

      • Dslr video

      Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

      I give this two stars because it is currently not working. I guess I should give it 0 stars, but it was awesome for the day it worked, so I have to give it some credit.

      When I received the unit in the mail, it didn't work. The light didn't turn on or anything, so I thought I would check the batteries. One of the batteries had slipped during delivery. I pushed it back into place and then the unit worked. I mounted it on my shoulder rig, tested it, it worked like a charm and I was excited about it.

      The first time I am going to use this remote on a shoot... it doesn't work. The red light illuminates, so I know that it is getting power, but it's just not starting the recording. Sooo... I have to send it back. I am, however excited to add this to my rig if it works well.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Works good but could be

      By Detes

      from Nyc

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Tough body

      Cons

      • Bulky needs longer wire
      • Poor Design
      • Pricey poor value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

        It's a bit bulky and could be longer wire. The construction is durable but can use a remodel

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        • No

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        4.0

        Convenience at your fingertips

        By Michael du Sautoy

        from Australia, NSW

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

        A great if not necessary product if you're flying a DSLR on a rig. No need to move your eye from the viewfinder to locate the record button. No shake to the camera. It's built like the proverbial brick sh....house so you know it will last but I expect further refinement to the electronics will allow for a lighter and more inconspicuous gizmo. Well done Swintronix!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Much needed accessory

        By Vmguy

        from Tennessee

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

            When using my shoulder mounted DSLR-rig, this really make starting and stopping my recordings much easier

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Easy, Simple

            By Ty

            from portland, or

            About Me Pro videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Sturdy build

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

              Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

              Attaches to pretty much anything, works as advertised. Some things to keep in mind: the snake arm is only 12" long, so if you have a large rig or tripod the arm may not reach. There is a red light on the unit that lights up to signal when you are pressing the button, but it does not act as a tally lamp and won't tell you if your camera is recording. When the battery needs to be replaced, looks like it'll take a screwdriver. The housing feels very sturdy and the case is brushed metal. The button has a nice solid feel to it as well. The box seems kind of bulky and large considering the size of Canon's little remote, I wish Switronix could have made this thing smaller. The bracket system used to secure the unit to tripod/rods on the back of the unit sticks out a little bit (1 1/2 inches) so this may limit where you're able to put it, and I'll probably catch something on it sooner or later. Overall, I'm very pleased as this remote puts start/stop right where my hand is anyways - on the tripod - instead of an obscure location on the back of the camera.

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              4.0

              Good product

              By Benjamin

              from Queensland, Australia

              About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

                Works well on my Redrock Micro rig. I no long need to move my hand to stop and start my 7d during recording. Cuts back on a lots of Shake at the start of each clip. All so acts as a good spot to rest my hand when using the follow focus.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good product, robust construction

                By alcam

                from Puebla, Mexico

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use

                  Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

                  It is a good product, durable contrucción and easy operation, the only thing is that is difficult to change the batteries.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A MUST HAVE for YOUR DSLR RIG!

                  By AG Films

                  from West Palm Beach, FL

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Flexible
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Film Rig-Zacuto Fast Draw

                    Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

                    Clip right on the handle of my Zacuto Fast Draw... record with ease and easy to keep your rig steady by keeping your hands on the grip.

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                    4.0

                    Nice edition to a shoulder rig

                    By [@]

                    from Austin TX

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

                    Handy for handheld operations

                    Funny that it works off the IR sensor from the grip of the camera, goose neck can move if it gets bumped having to re-align to make sure a signal can be passed. So check every time you're not rolling.

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                    4.0

                    good

                    By cedricyu

                    from Vancouver, BC

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Switronix FLEX DSLR Remote:

                      Requirement of "Direct LOS (Line of Sight)" is quite literal and strict. Perhaps I need more practice with it, but have to walk pretty close to get the signal through at times. Works with the T2i, 550D as well.

                      The built in clamp at the back makes it a little bulky. Is it detachable?

                      Solid Construction, built like a tank.

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