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VelloWireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection)
 
4.6

(based on 190 reviews)

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    (65)

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    (4)

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    (2)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (158)
  • Lightweight (140)
  • Reliable (69)
  • Durable (46)
  • Compact (39)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (9)
  • Heavy / bulky (8)
  • Poor design (8)
  • Not durable (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape photography (81)
  • Travel (71)
  • Portraits (57)
  • Landscape/scenery (53)
  • Macro photography (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (47), Semi-professional (37), Photo enthusiast (28), Professional (24), Semi-pro photographer (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (175), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for long exposures

Out of the box, the remote feels light and toy like. After installing the batteries, it gains weight and performs fantastic! Feels great in your hand and is simple to use. Seems...Read complete review

Out of the box, the remote feels light and toy like. After installing the batteries, it gains weight and performs fantastic! Feels great in your hand and is simple to use. Seems like the first time I turn it on for the night, my camera will not respond to it's wireless input. I have found that plugging directly from the transmitter to the camera and activating the shutter one time while plugged in, then switching back to wireless cures this problem. Mystery to me as to why this method works, but it does.
If you set the timer for 30 minutes, when you download your images and read the EXIF data you will see that the timer is SPOT on EVERY TIME!!!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

the best of a bad lot

This is the best wireless release I've found for Canon cameras. In fact, at the moment it seems to be the only one available, though under many, many, many different names, and...Read complete review

This is the best wireless release I've found for Canon cameras. In fact, at the moment it seems to be the only one available, though under many, many, many different names, and sometimes with cosmetic differences.

It's a clunky unit, and it works.

Until it breaks. Or starts firing randomly. Which it will.

I've been through four (I think) in the last three years, under both the Pearstone and Vello brand names--both of which are B&H house brands. If you buy one of these and use it in the field, it will break. The longest I've had a receiver survive is 16 months. The longest I've ever had a transmitter survive is 18 months. The shortest is about six months.

The miniphone contacts inside both the transmitter and receiver are very flimsy, and pressure on the cable can break them. Sometimes they also develop random faults, such as the receiver screen glowing green and shutting off after ten seconds of on time.

They're also completely unsealed, and if they cross the dew point, condensation will form inside and the receiver will fire (or stop firing) at random. Every reciever I've had has done this.

Sometimes, the reciever will start firing and refuse to stop. Every unit I've had has done this at least once.

Sometimes the transmitter's button will get stuck on. Every transmitter I've had has done this.

Sometimes the transmitter's button just won't work. Two of the transmitters I've had have done this.

Unfortunately, I've used several other wireless releases for Canon cameras, and this is the best--which isn't saying much.

If B&H would pot the electronics in epoxy (~five cents materials and probably about the same for labor), improve the construction of the miniphone contacts using a solid jack, instead of flimsy bent copper contacts (maybe another ten cents), use a right angle mini-phone connector to reduce strain (maybe a hundred bucks to make a new mold at the factory in China, and then no added cost per unit), and improve the button construction so the button covers don't slide into the casing or stop making contact with the switch beneath, this would easily be a four-star product. Hell, if they fixed all that and redesigned it so the unit only used one kind of battery (either AAA or AA), I'd give it five stars.

Instead it's two stars. And the only reason I rate it that highly is because there are even worse products on the market.

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5.0

Great remote

By Pop pop pro

from Richmond, VA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

    Like that i can use it anywhere with no wires

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    • No

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    3.0

    after further use and experiences...

    By Jesse from Burque

    from Burque

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • No Off Switch Drains Bat

    Best Uses

    • Timelapse

    Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

    I have had this remote for quite some time. After a recent shoot, I realized a limitation that I had never notice previously, as well as want to mention at least one other.
    I needed to set up an interval shoot the other day where I needed to take 1200 1/13th-second exposures with a 2-second delay in between each shot. As it turns out, the camera needs to be in bulb mode to do an interval shot, and this requires a 1-second exposure minimum. Now I could have adjusted some settings and achieved the right exposure balance, however, I needed the faster shutter speed to capture the subject as was needed for the application. This was simply not an option. I could have shot the 1200 shots at the right exposure time, but not with the interval delay between them, this in my mind is a serious limitation. This means no timelapse during the day, unless you want to use neutral density filters so that you can take long exposures and capture blurry moving objects.
    this is rather frustrating.
    the other complaint is that there is no off switch or function for the remoter transmitter, so you need to take out the batteries in order to not drain them constantly, because if the button gets hit in your bag, you will be activating the transmitter all the time when not using it.
    other than this, the remote has worked well for me, and I like its other function. With this said, the camranger app also requires the bulb mode for such an interval shot, making it not any better in the same realm of functionality.

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    3.0

    Vello ShutterBoss Remote w/ Timer

    By Steven

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction
    • Poor design

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Low Light
    • Travel
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

    Good functionality. Not intuitive, but relatively easy to use as you use it more.
    I have had to take the remote apart twice to re-position the shutter release button. Overall design in this area leaves a lot to be desired.

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    4.0

    Great remote shooting tool

    By ViperPhotos

    from Litchfield Park, AZ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

      I shoot sports for a local newspaper and the Vello Shutterboss allows me to shoot remotely from behind the soccer goal, trackside, mounted above the action or odd angles around courts and playing fields.

      The range seems to work quite well as I have fired remotely from up to 150'.

      I have had relative few misfires from any distance.

      One drawback is the remote does not have a setting for burst mode to shoot multiple frames (It does however allow continuous shots every 1 second in multi shot setting). I was able to seemed to have overcome this by setting the remote to single shot and the setting on my Canon 7D to high speed continuous shooting to get a burst of at least three shots.

      Overall, I'm satisfied with the product.

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      4.0

      works great

      By fitwilly

      from winter park fl

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

        long exposures

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        • No

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        4.0

        Light weight and simple to use

        By Brasc

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

        I use this remote to expose at a distance when my subjects come into frame. If I'm at the camera the birds stay away.
        I also use it for night sky and moon lit landscapes and seascapes.
        It has been very functional, but I only gave it 4 stars because the first one that shipped to me came with the transmitter DOA. B and H sent a second one right away that has been perfect. As usual B and H was superb to work with.

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        4.0

        Good Product fast delivery

        By easy does it

        from Box Springs, GA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

        The receiver was not preforming correctly. Called BH and they sent a replacement all within one week. The product preforms as advertized and wirelssly operates the shutter at long distances and timer settings.

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        4.0

        The Cooliest Gadget

        By royalphoto

        from Lee's Summit, MO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Audio Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

          I haven't used this yet as I plan on using it for the 2014 college basketball games and weddings. From all the reading I've done, this will be a great gadget for my gear bag. Thank you B&H for the bundling this with the 1DX. *smart move*

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          4.0

          Wireless & full of features

          By Mike

          from Kentucky

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

          Very usefull for long exposure.

          Cost less than the OEM wired version.

          Works well for time laps.

          A little large & takes some getting use to.

          Works without batteries if necessary.

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          5.0

          Love it!!

          By Ripa

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

          So many fun and useful features to this little gadget!! Great for long exposure photography, capturing lightning strikes and taking family portraits with the photographer included in the photo!

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          4.0

          It works as designed

          By Kevin Birder

          from Pasadena, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

            It is easy to program the features, I used it on Canon 6D for night sky shots that converted to timelapse. The only shortfall is the maximum number of shots (99), I would think the number should be higher (or let the camera battery and meory card capacity to dictate the shot numbers).

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Sang

            from Cerritos, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

              I am on the fence at whether to give it 4 or 5 stars. The one flaw I've discovered so far is the function that lets you take consecutive shots does not work once you hit a certain shutter speed. I tested it to do four consecutive shots at 10 second exposures, but it only took one. This issue can be overcome by using the more advanced programming feature that lets you choose intervals between shots and just setting the interval to 0 seconds. Not that big of a deal, so I decided to give it 5 stars. I would recommend.

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              5.0

              Best Remote

              By Lisa

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                This is one of my most common go-to pieces of camera equipment. There are less expensive remotes, and since I just purchased my second one of these, I surely wish it was less expensive. It was painful to purchase this for the second time but after several years of service, I had dropped the handheld part (transmitter?) on a very hard surface a few weeks ago and it no long always worked as it should. I did search for a cheaper alternative but in the end replaced my old one with the same remote because it is really a great remote. I love the many functions but mostly I love that it is a radio remote and does not require a direct line of sight with the front of my camera to work. This is really handy in so many shooting situations. For example, I set my camera up in my yard pointed towards a tree with bird feeders and take pictures while I wash dishes! Ha.

                The only downside is, as I have said, it is a little pricey. Also, because I do use it so much, it would be awesome if someone designed a custom case to store and protect it while not in use. I have found a small padded bag to hold the transmitter, receiver, cord and spare batteries for each part but I think custom bag would take up less room in a camera bag and would be well worth having for this item.

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                5.0

                Easy to use!

                By Elle

                from Nj

                Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                right out of the box I was able to use this electronic device without too much review of the owners manual ! It fits well on the camera and the. Remote has good range

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                5.0

                Wow ! Powerful programmer !

                By Crazy Carl

                from Spokane, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                  Unbelievable control of remote shooting schedule, timing, durations, etc. Much easier to use than anything on the camera (5DMkIII) itself. Small wireless receiver sits on the hot shoe easily and is very lightweight. Programming is stepwise and easy to do. Bulb function is particularly useful for long exposures. How did I live without this type of unit so long ???

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                  5.0

                  Great Remote!

                  By Josh

                  from Ohio, USA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                        This came free with my 1dx purchase. Worked out great because I was looking at the wired version and ended up getting the better wireless one. Range is awesome!

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Haucke

                        from Dallas/Fort Worth TX

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                          Works perfect. More options than I know how to use.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Nice timer

                          By Pedro

                          from New Hampshire

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                            I have the wired Vello Remote. My main reason for getting this wireless was so that I can shoot remotely from another room while working on my photography. At this time I am taking a lot of bird shots at bird feeders and around them and I am still able to be working on the computer with my photography work. Beats getting up and down and scaring the birds while I am moving around in the room where the camera is set up.

                            I will also be using to shoot other situations inside and out.

                            The only problem is the transmitter/receiver can not keep up with my high speed needs. There is a long pause and it only takes 2 shots between the pauses. Not like the wired unit as there is no delays for high speed. Just hold the trigger button and it keeps up with the cameras needs for high speed shooting. This is the only reason I gave it the lower 4 rating.

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                            4.0

                            Just what I was hoping for

                            By CJ

                            from kansas

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                            I bought this to use with my Panasonic FZ200. I had previously purchased a Pixel branded one from another online retailer and it didn't work. This one worked flawlessly out of the box, and the shopping experience at B&H was nice and simple. There is no on/off switch for the remote which is a bit of a drawback, but not a deal breaker.

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                            4.0

                            Versatile

                            By Shadowgazer

                            from Ohio

                            Comments about Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Canon 3-Pin Connection):

                            Bundled with purchased Canon body. Nice features. Works as straight plug in shutter release with ability for prolonged programmed time release shooting. May be over complicated for some. Instructions decent.

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