Promote Systems Promote Control

Promote Systems Promote Control

Promote Systems Promote Control

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
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Promote Systems P-CTRL-1 overview

  • 1Description

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
  • UPC: 827912088908
    In the Box
    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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    • 1Description

    Promote Systems P-CTRL-1 specs

    Release Type Wired
    Camera Connection Various/Universal
    Interval Timer/Programmable Yes
    Live View No
    Mobile Device/App-enabled No
    Cable Length 3.3' / 1 m
    Transmitter Power Source Battery
    Transmitter Battery Requirements 2 x AA
    Transmitter Dimensions 4.9 x 2.6 x 1.1" / 125.0 x 65.0 x 27.0 mm
    Transmitter Weight 5.5 oz / 156 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.5 x 7.6 x 2.1"

    Promote Systems P-CTRL-1 reviews

    Promote Control is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 74.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product If you do HDR and are a Canon user this is the product to have. I use this device to take multiple exposures for HDR photos. Because Canon limits me to 3 exposures in AEB I love this product. I will take 9 to 11 exposures thought you can certainly go higher if you wish. It is easy to use and just requires a tripod. I would definitely recommend the shutter cable made my Promote Systems. It is inexpensive and makes the whole process much easier. I wish I had known about this cable when I ordered the Promote Control as after it arrived I realized I needed the shutter cable and had to go back and order it. Now I have it and I am delighted.
    Date published: 2011-06-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic for HDR ... a bit cumbersome Bought this to do HDR shots and it performs as advertised. Getting 9 (or more) bracketed shots is a breeze -- something you just can't do in-camera (I'm shoot with a 5DII). It's extremely fast and easy to set up and performs great. Use it also for time lapse (star trails) and as a basic remote trigger. Only downside - and it's relatively minor - is that you need two cables for it to function as I want it to -- a USB/miniUSB for the basic controls and cable release for triggering focus. Having the two cables combined with the size of the unit itself makes it a bit clunky hanging from your camera off the tripod.
    Date published: 2011-10-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adds features my camera doesn't have! 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must for HDR I have an older Nikon D50 and am limited to the number of exposures I can take for HDR. My next camera will probably be a D7000 but, I will still be limited in the number of exposures I can take. The Promote Control eliminated my problem. I called and talked with their Customer Service rep and they answered all of my questions, plus, gave me some helpful hints to use with their product. My first test was 7 exposures with the D50, at 1EV steps and it worked flawlessly. The Promote Control will give anyone a boost when doing HDR, even those, like me, with older cameras. In my opinion, this is a must have for serious HDR photographers.
    Date published: 2012-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HDR problems solved 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.
    Date published: 2012-12-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential accessory for HDR photography I shoot with a Nikon D7000, and although it supports exposure bracketing, the number of exposures supported by the camera (max of 3) is not always sufficient for HDR photography. The Promote Control is the perfect solution. You can program it to shoot up to 99 exposures (though you will never need more than 9) at an exposure step of your choosing. Easy to set up. Easy to use. Very nice product. Has many additional features that I don't use (yet), but it's a 5-star product based on the HDR control alone.
    Date published: 2011-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promote Control I purchased this product to do Timelapse photography as well as extend the use of HDR photography. My Canon 40D only has 3 stops for AEB. I have tested the product doing cloud movement over the city of Calgary - 450 shots, 4 seconds apart. I then used QT pro to assemble the photos at a frame rate of 30 FPS. The promote did a fantastic job, and was very very easy to use. I also did a 9 bracket HDR shot. Probably some useless brackets, but certainly taking the higher and lower shots increased highlights in the darkest areas considerably. Highly recommend it. Also, firmware updates are easy (not able to do it on a mac however), and I heard a rumour about the combination of timelapse and HDR...
    Date published: 2010-09-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-24
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