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Promote Systems Promote Control

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Product Highlights
  • Advanced Remote Control for DSLRs
  • Automatic Bracketing for Up to 45 Shots
  • Streamlines HDR Image Creation
  • Time-Lapse Sequencing
  • Programmable Focus Stacking
  • Up to +/- 9 EV Steps for Bracketing
  • Passive Pre-Focus and Release Function
  • Replaces Manufacturer's Remote Controls
  • Compact and Weather-Resistant Design
  • Easy-to-Read Backlit LCD Monitor

The Promote Control from Promote Systems is an advanced remote control for digital SLR cameras that replaces other manufacturer's remote control devices. It allows the doors for your creativity to open with its superior automation and intuitive ease of use. The Promote provides flexibility for exposure bracketing commonly used to create HDR (High Dynamic Range) images which reveal stunning detail and tonal range.

One of the most useful features of the Promote Control is an advanced Time-Lapse mode normally found only in middle to high end professional DSLR cameras. With the Promote, time-lapse photography with any camera is supported including affordable entry level DSLRs.

This highly customizable device can be calibrated to match your personal preferences. Moreover, the device's firmware is upgradeable, so it will stay up-to-date with the latest functionality and enhanced capabilities of future camera models.

Replaces and extends manufacturer-specific remote controls
Promote Control can automatically put the camera into Bulb mode when performing bracketed exposures longer than 30 seconds The resulting images can be processed in a software application of choice to create a highly realistic image with a wide tonal range. 1
It has an advanced easy-to-configure Time-Lapse mode with optional sequence start delay
The Promote Control can be programmed to perform a fully automatic, user-defined, delay for Mirror lock-up before every picture is taken. Locking the mirror before taking a picture gives a tripod-based camera the ultimate stability required to take a perfectly sharp photograph.
Promote Control has an improved user interface featuring flexible user-definable settings
A passive camera pre-focus and release functionality remains as a backup even when the remote control is out of power
A multi-tone audible feedback mode can be engaged on the Promote Control
The device uses large, easy-to-read liquid crystal display featuring a RGB backlight of variable intensity
The device has a weather-resistant design for water and dust resiliency
The Promote Control is powered by two AA batteries, the most easily obtainable power source
It has an external DC power jack for timing very long exposures for astrophotography and other similar applications
Device firmware updates can be applied from a personal computer via USB interface
The Promote Control is compatible with digital cameras supporting an industry standard PTP/MTP protocol for controlling camera functions over USB interface.
Just a few supported cameras include, but are in no way limited to:
  • Nikon:
  • D4, D3, D3s, D3X, D2X, D2Xs, D2H, D2Hs, D200, D300, D300s, D700, D800, D800E, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D600, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D7000, D7100 (D800, D800E, D7100, D5200, D5100, D5000, and D3200 require an optional USB OTG adapter (USB Mini-AB male to USB Type A female) for connection).
  • Canon:
  • Type 1 (CN3 Shutter Cable): 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D, 6D, 30D, 40D, 50D.
  • Type 2 (CN2 Shutter Cable): 100D/SL1, 400D/XTi, 450D/XSi, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 600D/T3i, 650D/T4i, 700D/T5i, 1000D/XS, 1100D/T3, 60D, 70D.
  • Canon 300D, 350D, 10D, 20D, 5D Mk I, 1D/1Ds Mk I and 1D/1Ds Mk II cameras are not supported in HDR mode. Only basic operations such as One-Shot, Time-Lapse and Manual Hold are available on these cameras, and would require a CN3 cable to be connected.

    Canon 5D Mk III, 60D, 70D and 6D cannot be automatically switched to Bulb mode if/when required by HDR bracketing (>30 second exposures only). A prompt will be shown on the Promote Control screen if a Bulb mode is required in HDR mode.

  • Sony:
  • SLT-A99, SLT-A77, A900, A850 (Requires use of SY3 Shutter Cable (not included) as well as the Bulb Ramping/Bulb HDR Assist Kit for compatibility).
  • Sigma:
  • SD1, SD1 Merrill
  • Camera Control Advanced USB camera control protocol
    Operation Modes One Shot
    Time-lapse
    HDR
    Manual Hold
    Display Monochrome with variable intensity RGB backlight
    Weather Resistance Membrane-covered keypad is weather resistant 1-20 sec
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes, shutter cable required (not included) 1
    Please Note:

    Mirror lock-up feature is subject to be supported by the camera, and requires using an optional shutter cable.

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    Power 2 x AA batteries (Alkaline, Manganese or Ni-MH)
    Battery Life Approx. 20 - 40 hr
    Cable Length 3.3' (1 m)
    Dimensions Size: Approx. 4.9 x 2.6 x 1.1" (125 x 65 x 27mm)
    Weight Approx. 5.5 oz (156 g)
    Promote Systems Promote Control
  • Camera Connection USB Cable
  • Firmware Update USB Cable
  • User Manual
  • Carrying Case
  • Neck Strap
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Promote SystemsPromote Control
     
    4.6

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (48)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (53)
    • Lightweight (42)
    • Reliable (29)
    • Durable (23)
    • Compact (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (5)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (40)
    • Travel (22)
    • HDR photography (11)
    • Macro photography (11)
    • Everyday (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (24), Semi-professional (15), Professional (11), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (61)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice Addition to HDR Photography

    I bought this remote principally to be used while taking HDR images.You do not need this remote to take HDR photos, but you will thank yourselffor having bought it after you use it.Canon cameras...Read complete review

    I bought this remote principally to be used while taking HDR images.You do not need this remote to take HDR photos, but you will thank yourselffor having bought it after you use it.Canon cameras will only auto-bracket one stop either way of the "normal" exposure. Sometimes this is ok, but when you need more than one stop either way of normal you have to go back in and fuddle with the menu. Again, if you don't mind that process more power to you but, I just used this taking photos of Christmas lights; having not to repeatedly take off my gloves to manipulate the controls was very nice.An even more important consideration is that this remote will override the cameras shutter controls so that you are not limited by the mere 3 exposures at a time (for Canon anyway). To be honest, I'm not sure how many you can set it for; I've done nine at a time.A feature that also is a great help is mirror lock up. Go to their web site to see if this function will work with your camera. Most of the newer ones are covered, but check to be sure if this is a selling point for you.It' best feature, which is also just a natural part of the HDR process, is just slowing down to take a shot. You have to use your lens in manual; set the shot; take the time to get an accurate meter read and then set the info into the remote.It reminds me of shooting large format. I'm so tired of hearing people judge the process on speed. How fast a computer, camera or software is. IT"S ALL A MILLION TIMES FASTER THAN IT USE TO BE!Anyone of you who has ever shot film, processed it yourself (or farmed it out) and printed it in your darkroom has no right to complain about speed when it comes to taking, editing and printing digital images. It would take you days to achieve some of the effects produced to-day in minutes.So if you shoot HDR, or want to begin, I really believe, especially if your camera is hampered by limited AEB, that you will find the purchase of this device worthy of your investment.Again, they have a nice web site check it out first I'm sure it will help in your decision to purchase. [@]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Does the job, but wins no style points

    Last year I shot thousands of HDR setups. I thought the Promote might improve my workflow. Unfortunately, it does not.

    In a nutshell, the good news is that the Promote does...Read complete review

    Last year I shot thousands of HDR setups. I thought the Promote might improve my workflow. Unfortunately, it does not.

    In a nutshell, the good news is that the Promote does everything it claims to do. The bad news is that the interface feels like the first attempt of a self-taught high school Linux programmer trying to emulate something complex using just 8 buttons and a monochromatic display. I was able to use two basic functions (simple remote control and basic HDR bracket) right out of the box. Unfortunately, using the Promote will make you feel more like a hobbyist VCR programmer than a photographer. The enclosure has a clumsy form factor and feels cheap for the price paid. The thing works, but it turns photography from an aesthetic experience where you contemplate your subject, into a technical exercise where you push those 8 buttons over and over on the Promote. It's something like setting your cellphone to wake you up at a particular time five days of the week and a different time on the weekends, using a special ringtone for each day. You're going to be pressing a lot of buttons, over and over. You will also have to deal with always using a tripod, and having 1-3 cables and a box hanging off your expensive tripod-mounted camera. If you're over 40 you will have trouble reading the Promote screen (1985 called, they want their dot-matrix font back). The screen looks like a reject from a cheap kitchen countertop appliance. The manual shipped with the product is, like the installed firmware, obsolete when you open the box, so your first step should be to download a firmware update and current manual from the Promote website. Note that the manual is not terribly helpful when it comes to solving interface issues between your camera and the Promote. I had to configure flags in two obscure menus--one on my camera and one on the Promote--to get the Promote to work properly with my 5DM2 in more advanced modes. And before I had them set properly, the Promote gave me a series of confusing error messages. I eventually counted 8 steps to set up my 5DM2 for a basic 7-shot HDR bracket with mirror lockup, and then 7 additional steps to actually shoot the bracket. Note also that the Promote does not make it easy to shoot Custom White Balance.

    The user interface is awful. The Promote can't customize itself to your camera. You are given the option to tweak its defaults to fine-tune the Promote to your camera model for things like how many milliseconds of delay there should be after mirror lockup. What if you have two cameras? Why didn't the developer design something that self-calibrates for whatever camera it detects? Same question for maximum shutterspeed, bulb mode operation, and so on. And what knucklehead decided it was intuitive to have the Promote's front panel left and right arrows move a cursor up and down between lines, while the up and down arrows cycle values within a field? Why devote any design effort at all to letting users select ten levels of color intensity for each of the backlight LEDs on the front display? This is geekiness run amok, and the Promote's user interface stinks. The device cries out for an ergonomics-driven redesign to use an iPod-style clickwheel with more readable display.

    I had boxed up the Promote and was ready to ship it back, but then had occasion to do lengthy exposures of landscapes at night. It worked perfectly, and let me complete hours-long bracketed exposures flawlessly on a freezing night. So, I'm undecided. The Promote can handle anything a single-shot remote would do, anything an intervalometer would do, adjust exposure during time-lapse (very impressive), work around annoying bulb mode limitations, expose remarkable numbers of images for focus stacking, calculate hyperfocals, interface with a Gigapan, and generally let you be the geekiest photographer in town provided you're willing to embrace the complexity. There's even an External Trigger In port that permits triggering the Promote with some creatively nerdified sensor from your own garage lab application.

    Recommended only for those more geeky photographer types among us, the ones that love fixing Windows registries, consider a technical learning curve stimulating, and have specific requirements for esoteric functionality that cheaper solutions just can't handle. If you like Apple products for their elegant interfaces, like to think of photography as a thoughtful interaction with a subject, or want to shoot without a tripod you will likely find the Promote annoying.

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    5.0

    Works like a Charm

    By Willie

    from Worcester area, MA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

        Right now I am using for bracketing of photos. Makes it so easy. Initially I had some problems getting the selected amount of frames. A quick ticket at Promote's site and a speedy response gave me some adjustments and it is working like a charm.

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        5.0

        Great piece of equipment

        By Andrei

        from Montreal

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

          Though not as simple as seems to be from the fist sight, it offers great variety of opportunities to everyone - from total beginner to advanced user. I would recommend it to a friend.

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          4.0

          A bit cheap

          By True Ambience

          from San Diego, CA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Real estate photography

          Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

          It works fine but the right price should be half of it. Not to mention the old design and the not easy access to the battery. If the battery dies while you are working and you don't have a screwdriver or a coin the fits right you won't be able to replace the battery

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          5.0

          Works as advertised

          By KED

          from Prague Czech Republic

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

            I have just started using the remote and am only using the basic functions but it is simple and works with both my D300 Nikon and D7000 Nikon.

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            3.0

            Does the job, but wins no style points

            By David

            from Charleston, SC, USA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • HDR
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Time-lapse

            Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

            Last year I shot thousands of HDR setups. I thought the Promote might improve my workflow. Unfortunately, it does not.

            In a nutshell, the good news is that the Promote does everything it claims to do. The bad news is that the interface feels like the first attempt of a self-taught high school Linux programmer trying to emulate something complex using just 8 buttons and a monochromatic display. I was able to use two basic functions (simple remote control and basic HDR bracket) right out of the box. Unfortunately, using the Promote will make you feel more like a hobbyist VCR programmer than a photographer. The enclosure has a clumsy form factor and feels cheap for the price paid. The thing works, but it turns photography from an aesthetic experience where you contemplate your subject, into a technical exercise where you push those 8 buttons over and over on the Promote. It's something like setting your cellphone to wake you up at a particular time five days of the week and a different time on the weekends, using a special ringtone for each day. You're going to be pressing a lot of buttons, over and over. You will also have to deal with always using a tripod, and having 1-3 cables and a box hanging off your expensive tripod-mounted camera. If you're over 40 you will have trouble reading the Promote screen (1985 called, they want their dot-matrix font back). The screen looks like a reject from a cheap kitchen countertop appliance. The manual shipped with the product is, like the installed firmware, obsolete when you open the box, so your first step should be to download a firmware update and current manual from the Promote website. Note that the manual is not terribly helpful when it comes to solving interface issues between your camera and the Promote. I had to configure flags in two obscure menus--one on my camera and one on the Promote--to get the Promote to work properly with my 5DM2 in more advanced modes. And before I had them set properly, the Promote gave me a series of confusing error messages. I eventually counted 8 steps to set up my 5DM2 for a basic 7-shot HDR bracket with mirror lockup, and then 7 additional steps to actually shoot the bracket. Note also that the Promote does not make it easy to shoot Custom White Balance.

            The user interface is awful. The Promote can't customize itself to your camera. You are given the option to tweak its defaults to fine-tune the Promote to your camera model for things like how many milliseconds of delay there should be after mirror lockup. What if you have two cameras? Why didn't the developer design something that self-calibrates for whatever camera it detects? Same question for maximum shutterspeed, bulb mode operation, and so on. And what knucklehead decided it was intuitive to have the Promote's front panel left and right arrows move a cursor up and down between lines, while the up and down arrows cycle values within a field? Why devote any design effort at all to letting users select ten levels of color intensity for each of the backlight LEDs on the front display? This is geekiness run amok, and the Promote's user interface stinks. The device cries out for an ergonomics-driven redesign to use an iPod-style clickwheel with more readable display.

            I had boxed up the Promote and was ready to ship it back, but then had occasion to do lengthy exposures of landscapes at night. It worked perfectly, and let me complete hours-long bracketed exposures flawlessly on a freezing night. So, I'm undecided. The Promote can handle anything a single-shot remote would do, anything an intervalometer would do, adjust exposure during time-lapse (very impressive), work around annoying bulb mode limitations, expose remarkable numbers of images for focus stacking, calculate hyperfocals, interface with a Gigapan, and generally let you be the geekiest photographer in town provided you're willing to embrace the complexity. There's even an External Trigger In port that permits triggering the Promote with some creatively nerdified sensor from your own garage lab application.

            Recommended only for those more geeky photographer types among us, the ones that love fixing Windows registries, consider a technical learning curve stimulating, and have specific requirements for esoteric functionality that cheaper solutions just can't handle. If you like Apple products for their elegant interfaces, like to think of photography as a thoughtful interaction with a subject, or want to shoot without a tripod you will likely find the Promote annoying.

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By WV Photos

            from West Virginia

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography

              Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

              I love this piece of equiptment. My D7000 can take serious braketed photos now, since this overrides the camera's three-shot bracket limit. Be sure to get the optional shutter release for faster shots--it shoots slowly with just the USB cable plugged into it. If you are interested in HDR with more than three bracketed photos, this is the piece for you.

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              5.0

              HDR problems solved

              By Rixpx

              from Indiana

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                My only disappointment with my Nikon D7000 was the inadequate number of autobracketing steps compared to my previous DSLR.

                I enjoy doing HDR photography, and the promote control has solved this problem. This unit provides more bracketing steps than I'll probably ever need. Once everything is set up, you push the start button an the Promote control takes over.

                It is important to update the firmware as soom as you get the unit, and definitely download and read the latest manual in PDF.

                The optional shutter cable is necessary to speed up the process.

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                5.0

                Great product

                By Lance

                from Nashville TN

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography

                  Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                  It is great and easy to use!

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                  5.0

                  Promote Control

                  By Dan the Man

                  from Red Deer Alberta, Canada

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • None so far

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography

                  Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                  I bought the Promote System because I wanted to try it with my Canon 5D MarkII as it only bracket 3 frames. I recently used it during my holidays and I was able to bracket 5 and 7 frames at 1 f-stop interval and worked like a charm. Having more frames helps getting more details. The instructions are very usefull as well as the videos that explain how to use it. Quick teaching for people that don't read manuals.

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                  5.0

                  Expensive Toy

                  By Mr Fur.

                  from Melbourne Australia

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                    Works really well for HDR and Time-lapse.. Plenty of other features i have not used yet..

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                    5.0

                    Promote Control ... There's a New Brain

                    By RVDigitalBoy

                    from Alachua, FL

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                      I bought a Nikon D3100. Then, I discovered HDR photography. The D3100 offers NO AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing). So, I've had to bracket manually, counting clicks (one click equals 1/3 stop). It can take quite a while to take 7 or even 5 exposures;each 1 EV different.I was ready to upgrade to a Nikon D body with AEB. Then I discovered the Promote Control.The Promote Control delivers exactly what it promises. The day I received it I read the manual, followed the simple directions and fired off several 5 and seven exposure HDRs - in moments, not minutes.The Promote control hooks up to the USB slot in my D3100. The optional shutter release cable fits into the shutter control slot as well.Out of the box it didn't seem to work with my D3100. So, I went to the website read a reference to the issue, downloaded and installed the latest firmware and I was good to go.The Promote Control also enables you to shoot time-lapse. It works! I'm looking forward to playing with that feature more.Even if you have a 3-shot AEB camera, this little toy will make it a 7, 9, 11, or more AEB shooter.I just hang the Promote Control from my neck while shooting HDR. For time-lapse I hang it on the tripod and go find a coffee! The best news is that it will work with other cameras when I upgrade!

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                      5.0

                      Must-Have for HDR & Timelapse

                      By TurboTigerJaws

                      from Phoenix, AZ

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HDR photography
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Long Exposure Photography
                        • Timelapse video

                        Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                        So far, I love this incredible gadget! As far as I can tell, there is nothing else out there that does as much as this does. The main reason I bought it was to begin working seriously with HDR images. The HDR mode is excellent, allowing you to take as many bracketed exposures as needed, WITHOUT ever touching the camera, risking even the slightest movement. An incredibly valuable tool for any HDR photographer, and especially in using it with the Canon 7D or other cameras with limited bracketing abilities. As a filmmaker/videographer I do a lot with timelapse video as well, for which this will continue to be a very valuable tool as well.

                        DEFINITELY download the firmware update from Promote when you get this! I updated my firmware as soon as I opened the box and the number of new features provided in the new firmware was astonishing. The PDF user manual for the new firmware version is far lengthier than the one that comes in the box! Can't wait to explore more of the new modes and options as I have more opportunities to get out and use this.

                        It does seem a little large for what it does, or could eventually become in future re-designs. But, it's not as bad as some commenters make it out to be.

                        Don't worry about the weather-proof case. The unit comes with a handy lanyard so you can hang it from your tri-pod for long timelapse sequences, and it also comes with a very nice semi-rigid zip case that you could use in the field if you need to shield it from moderately foul weather from time to time.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect for time lapse photography

                        By Jonas Tonboe

                        from Copenhagen

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                          I've started experimenting with time lapse photography with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III. After doing a lot of reasearch I decided to go for the Promote Control to give me the flexibility I was looking for. It turned out to be a very good choice. I'm very happy with the Promote Control - it's extremely easy to operate (didn't even read the manual) and it's perfect for time lapse. My next project is HDR photography and possibly HDR time lapse - it's a whole new world made possible by this piece of gear!

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                          5.0

                          Finally free of Canon's Restrictions!

                          By Basedigital Images

                          from Vancouver, Canada

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • HDR photography
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Time Lapse
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                          Yes ladies and gentlemen! I am finally free of Canon's 3 bracket exposure restricitions! As an HDR shooter of about 4 years, I was desperate to find a way to reach, and surpass the 3 bracket, +/- 4EV limitations of my camera. Some would say get a Nikon, but I'd already invested in my Canon system, and love it. Enter the Promote Control. Not only does is beat Canon's limitations, it streaks past Nikon's too!
                          If you want to shoot multiple (up to 45 continuous) brackets in the +/- 9 EV range, then this piece of kit is for you. If you want to shoot time lapse, then this kit is for you. If you want to cook eggs with your camera... then maybe you should hire an inventor.

                          What's even better, is that Promote Systems keep improving this unit with firmware updates. Just connect it to your computer via USB and update away!

                          I do recommend you pick up two accessories. The Shutter Release Cable, and the tripod case. It's a chunky (though very light) unit, and having it strapped to your tripod leg makes it much more portable, and protects it against the weather if you're shooting in the rain.

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                          5.0

                          Solid product

                          By Arroz

                          from Columbia, MO

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                            I'll use it for time-lapse photography and HDR exposures. It's well designed and the manual is well done. I also watched a number of YouTube videos to assure that I fully understood the functions. I did need to update the firmware to get the latest features. Forget the tripod kit as it comes with a neck strap that will work fine.

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                            5.0

                            promote control

                            By chrisjames

                            from murrieta ,ca.

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                              Amazing piece of equipment. Exactly what i needed for my everyday photography. Hdr, long exposures, timelapse this is what u need.

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                              5.0

                              Loving it

                              By Dar

                              from Spicewood, TX

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Required accessories

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • HDR photography
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                              Absolutely LOVE this thing. I have a Nikon D5100 which only shoots 3-shot brackets. I've been using that to shoot brackets that range from -5EV to +5EV with 1EV spacing. However, it auto-focuses for each group of 3 shots. Sometimes, it doesn't do it right, and my HDR shots don't turn out...

                              With the Promote, I set the controller up to shoot from -5EV to +5EV in 1/3 EV increments. I then choose the "correct" photos from the entire set (reviewing the histograms) and process... with the 1/3EV shots, the noise reduction, in the resultant HDR is spectacular, but the clarity is retained - unlike performing noise reduction either before tonemapping, or after. You have to try a full 1/3EV bracket for yourself to see the amazing results...

                              This unit was worth every penny I spent on it...

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                              5.0

                              Great addition to my gear

                              By Ryan

                              from nebraska

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Traveling
                                • Virtual tours

                                Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                                I have to be honest that this has become a game changer. I take a lot of HDR images but have always had the limitations of the camera on the number of shots I can take. I would manually change the camera to take 2 sets of images to get the number of exposures I wanted and this took a long time not to mention the chance of error. The promote has drastically improved my efficiency. I wish I would have purchased this years ago.

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                                5.0

                                Adds features my camera doesn't have!

                                By steviewonder

                                from Victoria, BC

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                                    My Nikon D7000 allows for only 3 bracketed exposures when doing HDR photography. The Promote Control not only allows the D7000 to take up to 49 bracketed shots, but controls extended timing of long exposures, makes time lapse easy, and can actually change the shutter speed, f-stop and ISO on my camera by cable! No, I probably won't need more than 5 or 7 shots for HDR, but 3 is clearly limited. The folks at Promote Control were patient and helpful in responding to my emailed questions. The remote doesn't feel like it should cost as much as it does (plastic), but the software and continuous updates available are quite valuable.

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                                    5.0

                                    Makes HDR a breeze

                                    By Ifitneedsaclick

                                    from forest,va

                                    About Me Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Effective
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Time Lapse

                                      Comments about Promote Systems Promote Control:

                                      Very easy to use and set up. Best if the shutter cable is also purchased as you get mirror up and extended exposure times over 30 seconds. Numerous updates on web site.

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