Photography / Hands-on Review

Vello Wired and Wireless Remote Controls and Triggering Devices


Remote triggering devices are more than a convenience. In the right hands, a remote triggering system can expand the parameters of what’s possible when planning a complex, multifaceted photograph, or for that matter, add new twists to less complex subjects you’ve photographed countless times. Available hard-wired for shorter distances or wireless configurations for greater working distances, remote triggers help to eliminate camera vibration at the time of exposure, resulting in sharper pictures. For product shots, nature, long exposures, and macro photography, remote triggers can make the difference between a "keeper" and a "weeper."

Vello manufactures an extensive—and expanding—family of competitively priced remote triggering devices for cameras and electronic flash units. Depending on your needs, Vello produces wired and wireless remote triggering devices, two-function flash/shutter releases, and wired and wireless intervelometers, in addition to AC- and battery-powered portable studio flashes, remote triggers with both multi-channel and multi-group functionality, as well as extended-range units that will meet the demands of the most complex assignments reliably and consistently.

Vello Wireless Remote Shutter Controls and Releases

The Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release is designed to trigger single, continuous, and long-time exposures with select camera systems at distances of up to 320' (100 m) from the camera position in a choice of 16 frequency channels. It operates on a 433MHz frequency.

Some of the features found on the Vello FreeWave Wireless remote shutter release include a dual-range shutter release that focuses the camera lens when depressed halfway and fires the shutter when fully depressed, twin LEDs to confirm focus and shutter action, and the ability to trigger multiple receivers simultaneously. Embedded Smart Code technology enables a choice of up to 16 million possible radio channels with the ability to zero in on a frequency that provides optimized functionality at the working location. The FreeWave Wireless remote can also be used as a wired remote if the batteries die before you're finished taking pictures.

FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Releases are available for Canon Cameras with 3-pin Connections, Nikon cameras with DC-2 connections, Nikon cameras with 10-pin connections, Sony Alpha Cameras, and select Canon, Pentax, Samsung, Contax, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, and Sigma DSLRs.

Vello’s FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release, which is available for dedicated use with select cameras from Canon, NikonSony AlphaOlympus/CanonPanasonic/CanonSony SLT-A99Canon/Select Olympus, and all Nikon DSLRs, operates at 2.4GHz, a signal frequency less prone to ambient electronic noise at ranges of up to 320' (100 m).

In addition to the ability to trigger your camera wired or wirelessly, Vello's FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release features a choice of 16 operating channels, a built-in antenna, dual-stage focus lock trigger release, a 4-second trigger delay, bright LED status indicator lights for pre-focus and exposure confirmation when working in wireless mode, single- or multiple-exposure capability, and the ability to communicate with a broad range of popular camera systems based on the choice of camera release cable.

For photographers who need to trigger multiple cameras simultaneously, Vello offers the FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control. Designed to operate at 2.4GHz for reduced radio interference when working in electrically noisy environments, the FreeWave Fusion wireless flash and remote trigger has an operating range of up to 320' (100 m), and can sync with flash at shutter speeds of up to 1/200-second or 1/320-second (depending on the camera).

For simple, run-and-gun applications, the Vello FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control can be used with a single off-camera flash. For more complex lighting setups, up to three separate groups of lights in up to seven group combinations (with additional receivers) can be used to light the set or venue.

Because radio waves can pass through most windows and walls, there's no need for line-of-sight placement of camera and flash, which allows for more creative freedom and flexibility regarding where you place each of the individual flash units.

"...features bright, easy-to-read LEDs that confirm the operational status of the camera and lens's focus status..."

To keep you up to speed on the status of your wireless lighting system, the Vello FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control features bright, easy-to-read LEDs that confirm the operational status of the camera and lens's focus status, pre-focus status, shutter-release status, flash wakeup, a dual-function shutter release button, and wireless communication between the camera and the individual flash(es).

Need to use the FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control with camera systems from different manufacturers? No problem, just swap out the connecting cables and you're good to go.

You can also purchase the Vello FreeWave Fusion as a receiver-only (no trigger) for use with the same select cameras from CanonNikon, and Sony. The Vello FreeWave Fusion does not transmit TTL data. Power output on the FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control must be set manually. For flash wake-up functionality and/or high shutter speeds, full Canon/Nikon/Sony TTL support via the camera, flash, and FreeWave Fusion trigger is required. If the flash does not have a wake-up function, refer to the flash's manual on how to turn off the sleep mode function (if possible).

Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Controls

Photographers seeking features similar to those found on Vello’s FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control, but who require a longer transmission range, can try the Vello Fusion Pro Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control, which extends the camera/flash communication range from 320' to approximately 600'.

A feature unique to the Vello Fusion Pro Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control is TTL Pass-Through, which transfers TTL data from your camera to the camera’s shoe-mounted flash while simultaneously triggering remote flash unit(s), automatically in Manual mode. Other features found on the Vello Fusion Pro Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control include flash sync at shutter speeds up to 1/200-second (with compatible cameras), a dual-function shutter release, bright, easy-to-read LED indicator lamps for verifying pre-focus, flash wake-up, and shutter release confirmation. Dedicated versions of Vello's Fusion Pro Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control are available for use with DSLRs from NikonCanon, and Sony.

Vello Fusion Pro Wireless Triggers and Remotes are also available in kit form, containing two receivers, for use with cameras from Canon, Nikon, an

d the Sony Alpha A99.

Designed for use with select Nikon cameras with 10-pin connectors, the Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs shares many of the features of Vello’s FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release, but in a smaller and lighter form factor. Ideal for use in electronically noisy environments at ranges of up to 328', the 2.4GHz Vello FreeWave Micro Remote Shutter Release features blue (Shutter), vivid blue (Focus), and red (Shooting alarm) LED indicators that can be read easily in bright or dim light. The transmitter, which is not much larger than the three AAA batteries that power it, and the smaller receiver, which is powered by the camera, weigh a total of 1.5 ounces (42.5 g) and fit easily into the smallest of storage spaces or a coat pocket.

The FreeWave Micro Wireless remote shutter release contains a built-in antenna for better reception, offers a choice of 16 channels, a dual-function shutter release with Bulb mode, has an operating temperature of -4 to 122º F and comes with a removable lanyard wrist strap.

Vello ShutterBoss Remote Timers are available in wired and wireless configurations. The wired variety are collectively called Vello ShutterBoss Version II Timer Remote Switches and are compatible with Canon/Sub MiniCanon 3-Pin,  Nikon 10-Pin, and Nikon DC2 connections.

The ShutterBoss Version II remote switch enables you to capture long exposures, delayed exposures, and interval exposures of up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds in one-second increments. It will also capture images one at a time or in bursts of up to 399 continuous exposures.

A four-line LCD screen keeps you informed on the status of the batteries, self-timer function, intervalometer status, lock function, and exposure count. Additional workflow aids include an audible beep that goes off for the last three seconds before the exposure is triggered. Other features include an optional power-off function for energy conservation and a Reset option for returning to the default settings.

The wireless versions, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remotes, have a wireless range of up to 250' (80 m) between the transmitter and receiver over a choice of 999 channels operating at a reduced noise frequency level of 2.4GHz. And there's no need to set dip switches—one transmitter can trigger multiple receiver units. When necessary, the Vello Wireless ShutterBoss remote timer can also be used as a hard-wired shutter release.

Up to 999 continuous exposures can be captured in a single burst with Vello's Wireless ShutterBoss remote timers, or you can set the timer to capture an unlimited number of exposures. Time delay, longer time exposures, and interval exposures can be set in 1-second increments for up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds. It's also possible to capture multiple exposures with a single press of the shutter button. This feature is used for video at 30 fps. 300 shots equals 10 seconds of video, 900 shots equals 30 seconds of video (99 shots provide a ½-second, by contrast).

The Vello Wireless ShutterBoss remote timer is powered by a CR2 lithium battery, while the transmitters use two AAA batteries—rechargeable or alkaline. Vello Wireless ShutterBoss remote timers can be used with a number of compatible cameras by simply plugging in the appropriate dedicated connector cables.

Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remotes are available for use with select Nikon DSLRs, Nikon DC-2, Nikon 10-Pin, Canon 3-Pin, Canon Sub-Mini, Sony Alpha, Sony SLT A99, select Olympus and Canon, select Canon/Olympus, Canon 3-Pin and Panasonic cameras.

Vello Infrared (IR) Remote Controls

Vello IR-series Infrared Remote Controls have a 15' line-of-sight range with a wide variety of popular camera models. A quick and easy tool for capturing shake-free photographs, Vello's IR Infrared Remote Controls are capable of performing a selection of unique functions, including video capture and two-second delay with select Canon cameras, zoom functionality with select Pentax and Olympus cameras, Video On/Off (which the wireless units do not offer) with select Olympus and Sony cameras, Playback/Rewind functionality (Olympus), and two-second delay with select Sony and Canon cameras. Vello IR-series Remote Controls are also compatible with most Nikon cameras.

Vello also offers the IR Remote Mini, which costs less than $10 and enables you to trigger you camera's shutter via infrared signals from line-of-sight distances of up to 10' from the camera. The Vello IR Mini is ideal for beginners or professionals in need of a small, inexpensive backup wireless remote trigger. They come with a carabiner-style keychain and are available for select cameras from SonyNikonCanonPentax, and Olympus.

The Vello IR-C2 Infrared Remote Control for Select Canon Cameras is a wireless remote that enables you to trigger your Canon camera immediately or with a 2-second delay. Designed for line-of-sight use, the IR-C2 IR remote can remotely capture stills or videos, as well as still images during video capture.

Vello Wired Remote Controls

Vello’s RS-Series Wired Remote Switches enable vibration-free control over autofocus and shutter-release functionality from distances of up to 2.8' (86mm) from the camera position. RS-series wired remote switches can be used for single, continuous, and long-exposure photographs, and draw power from the camera—there's no need for batteries. They are available for select cameras from Nikon DSLRs with DC-2 connectionsCanon DSLRs with 3-pin connections, Nikon DSLRs with 10-pin Connections, and select cameras from Canon/Pentax/Contax/SamsungPanasonicOlympus, and Sony Alpha cameras.

Intersystem Release Cables

Vello FreeWave Camera release cables, which depending on the make and model, can also be used with Vello Wireless ShutterBoss and Freewave devices or specific camera model lines, are available for select cameras from Nikon and FujiNikon D70s/D80OlympusNikonSonyCanon/Fuji/Pentax/Samsung, Panasonic, and Olympus E-1/E-3/E-5.

Vello also offers an extensive line of 2.5mm Sub-mini and 3.5mm Mini cables, as well as PC, Monoplug, Household, and other styles of connector cords for use with remote triggering devices.