The Manfrotto SYMPLA Clamp-On Remote Control for Canon DSLRs connects to a Canon DSLR by USB and interfaces directly with the camera and lens firmware to control focus operations and the main functions of the camera. The remote can either be clamped onto the SYMPLA spacer that comes with SYMPLA Adjustable Handles, which are part of most SYMPLA rigs, or it can be clamped onto round tubes, pipes, bars, pan bars or anything similar between 12 and 23mm in diameter.
Direct controls include auto focus, start/stop recording, photo shutter release, live view and live view digital zoom. Other than direct controls, the remote features a customizable focus direction and speed limit, focus memory settings, and fixed or variable focus control modes. It also has LED indicators that display its own battery status, the camera's mode -- "Photo" or "Video" -- and whether the camera is "Recording" when in video mode.
The focus operation is totally remote, without any contact with the camera or lens, and is performed by a 3-step, ultra-precise focus speed. Compatible cameras are Canon DSLRs because the remote is geared specifically for Canon DSLR firmware.
The advantages of this remote are few but huge. Follow-focusing is automated. Lenses can easily be swapped. Extending the distance between the remote and the camera is as simple as using a longer USB cable. And very importantly -- you're afforded more self-reliance.
Interfaces with Canon DSLR firmware by USB connection
Controls focus operations and the main functions of the camera
Clamps onto the SYMPLA spacer or onto 12-23mm diameter tubes/bars
Controls and Customizations
Controls: auto focus, live view, recording start / stop, and image capture
Customizable focus direction / speed limit / control modes, focus memory settings
LEDs display the remote's battery status, and the camera's Photo / Video / Recording modes
3-step, ultra-precise focus speed
Lenses can easily be swapped
You can run a 1-person operation
A longer USB cable extends distance
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Designed for Canon DSLR firmware and compatible with Canon's:
EOS 5D Mark ii and Mark iii
EOS 1D Mark iv
EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss x5
EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss x4
EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss x3
Directly interfaces with camera firmware by USB
Clamps onto SYMPLA spacers or onto tubes / bars 12 - 23 mm in diameter
Auto focus, start/stop recording, photo shutter release, live view and live view digital zoom
LED lights indicate the remote's battery status and the camera's Video / Photo / Recording modes
Manfrotto Clamp-On Remote Control for Canon DSLRs Review