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CanonTimer Remote Controller TC-80N3
 
4.6

(based on 434 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (292)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (119)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (306)
  • Lightweight (271)
  • Reliable (250)
  • Durable (174)
  • Easy to set up (37)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (21)
  • Heavy / bulky (14)
  • Not durable (14)
  • Poor design (12)
  • No onoff switch (8)

Best Uses

  • Landscape photography (233)
  • Macro photography (147)
  • Travel (121)
  • Portraits (104)
  • Studio (97)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (119), Professional (112), Semi-professional (112), Tech savvy (25), Gearhead (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (37), Business (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (269), Yes (9)

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

Easy to use

By AJ Valdez

from Milpitas, CA

Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

I received this remote controller in time of my full moon photography. I did an interval photos of the moon with ease. The set up is so easy. I will make sure that this is always in my camera backback. Highly recommended.

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5.0

Great Timer

By Bri the runner

from Shelton, CT

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Macro Photography
  • Time Lapse Photography

Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

Top quality timer as expected when buying Canon items. What's not to like about it!!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great Accessory

By Scott

from Florida

Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

No complaints. It's been working great. Using it for time lapse photography.

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5.0

Fantastic!

By MGN Photography

from Chester, NJ

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

    Really terrific little piece of equipment for anytime I have my 5DSR or 5Dmark3 on a tripod. It's simple and does the job flawlessly -- much better than using the 2-second delay to avoid touching the camera. I toyed with purchasing many remote control versions, but those require the hotshoe mount, and I have a Profoto Air Remote mounted there. This product works perfectly and gives me a couple of feet of cord to move around the camera. Adding a wireless remote to my inventory is always a possibility, but I can tell that this cabled version will always be with me.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great remote.

    By Jim

    from Arcata. Ca.

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography

      Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

      Have not had it long but so far i love it. Looking forward to using the interval-times for stacking deep sky shot.
      So far this is the best remote i have used.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Canon Remote TC-80N3

      By Photomon

      from Cocoa Beach, FL

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Star Trails

        Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

        This remote timer comes with the usual Canon quality and is really the only one to consider to purchase if your in the market for a remote. Whether your doing long exposures or interval snaps, this will satisfy all your needs.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works Great

        By Jami

        from Florida

        Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

        Can be set in seconds or minutes (or hours which I have not used) and works well. Tried a cheaper Neewar wireless one first which was extremely frustrating to say the least don't waste your time with the cheap ones go with quality and save yourself a lot of time and frustration and missed photo ops.

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        5.0

        Does what it's supposed to - this is my backup

        By don

        from san jose, ca

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

          I always shoot on a tripod and want to minimize vibration during an exposure. I've had one of these since I got my Mark III and decided that I needed a backup in case my original stops working while I'm out in the middle of nowhere on a photo trip. The original has been completely reliable, so investing in this backup was an easy decision. (I also got a replacement battery as well - no significant extra weight in my backpack.)

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          • No

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          4.0

          Works as Advertised

          By rokn1500

          from san jose, ca

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

            easy to use, and works quite well.

            now if they would just come up with a bluetooth version, i would be really happy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works Like a Charm

            By Isisunit

            from Burlington, VT

            Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

            Once you learn how to operate this (in about five minutes) you're good to go. It does all that you ask of it and sometimes more. I'd consider attaching a bit of Velcro to your tripod leg and this remote to keep it from swinging in a breeze and moving the tripod while your lens is wide open - an issue that could arise with any remote attached via cable.

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            5.0

            Solid Remote Timer/Shutter Release

            By Photochemist

            from Salt Lake City, UT

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • 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:

              I used this remote for years without any problems. Does everything I need to do to take landscape and portrait pictures. I just purchased a second one for my assistant. Very robust construction.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Works As Advertised

              By swift98b

              from Houston

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                  This device is very simple to use. I spent about 15 minutes reading through the instructions then hooked it up to my camera and I was in business. In reading the instructions I found out how to open the battery holder. I remember some comments about the battery I think I read in this review forum. Anyway, the two takeaways are (1)you open the holder with a pointy object and (2) there is no on and off switch and the battery will last about three years.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Best remote for Canon, great build quality

                  By DavidLS

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                    I've been using this remote primarily for long exposures and interval'd shots. So far the remote has exceeded expectations and been a very valuable tool to have out in the field for the sharpest possible images. While there ARE cheaper options, I believe this remote is worth the investment because it does everything you want out of a remote trigger. The cable is long 'enough' but could be a little bit longer. But in general I keep close to the camera and it has a great length when using on a tripod or in the studio. The different functions of the remote are a little confusing to get used to at first but the small icons on the LCD screen are clear what they mean and you can quickly configure the settings you want in a short amount of time. The screen lights up too!

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Works Great - Everytime

                    By kenrich53

                    from Omaha, Ne

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                      I use this for night photography and landscapes. Not complicated to use. Wish it had an on/off switch.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great little "Timer Remote Control"

                      By Jerry 'The Wizard'

                      from Onalaska, WI

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Instruction Were Easy To
                      • Reliable
                      • Well built
                      • Works Well At Below Zero

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Great For Night Photo's

                        Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                        This is the second TC-80N3 controller I have purchased - I lost the first one after several years of use. That unit worked perfectly photographing the Northern Lights, while in Alaska, in March. All I did was check on the Aurora and adjust my camera exposure time and the timer did the rest. Most nights it was zero or below, without the wind chill and the unit worked beautifully for hours, in that cold. It's also great for shooting star trails, amusement ride's or any other moving light sources, for future image stacking.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Exactly what we needed!

                        By Ag R&D

                        from Stanton, MN

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Lab Use

                          Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                          We do a lot of R&D projects where I work and this Timer remote allows us to capture in pictures what words try to describe! Perfect!
                          Thank you!

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                          5.0

                          Works great

                          By Mark J

                          from Houston

                          Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                          Easy to use; allows you to set a combination of multiple exposures, time exposures with simple settings right on the control. Love it.

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                          5.0

                          Easy To Use

                          By Madison

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                            Great Quality

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                            5.0

                            I'm upset that I DIDN'T buy this one.

                            By Keith

                            from Rhode Island

                            Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                            I bought a $ Phototix version and $ Promaster regular shutter release to try to avoid paying full price of this. Each of this lasted only about 2 months and 3 months. The button failed on the latter and works sporadically. The cable on the Phototix is loose as it connects into the control unit and also has a sporadic connection. I would like to attempt the wireless Bello version, but I use my flash a lot in my low light photography with a wireless controller. ....In other words, spend the money to by better quality in this area, especially if you use the functionality of an intervolometer.

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                            2.0

                            Not worth.

                            By Chandra

                            from NJ

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Not Durable
                              • Not Functional
                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3:

                                The remote I bough lasted an year and the LCD display stopped. It has now become just a button release.
                                The other brands have less than quarter of this price. Not worth it.

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                                • No

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