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ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

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2.0

Well, it seems to work, but ...

By kdcphoto.com

from North Carolina

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Relatively Simple Design

Cons

  • Zero Product Support

Best Uses

  • Remote Shutter Release

Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

I purchased this setup for one particular reason - to have a mobile-device trigger that allowed me to control exact shutter speeds in bulb mode. B&H was offering a $48 instant savings on the cable when I discovered this product so I decided to take a chance. The cable itself is fine, its the mobile app that's the mystery ...

First, there is ZERO documentation available for the app (io Shutter PRO app). The app developer thought they were clever by building in graphical "instructions" tutorial for how the app works. But I still haven't been able to interpret the hyroglifics they use as "instructions". One would think this app is simple enough but its not quite as straight forward as it looks. When looking for instructions I found that all links to the developer's website lead to disbanded Facebook pages, so there appears to be no developer support available for the app, or if there is support/documentation available it is well hidden.

My first attempt to use the app was incredibly frustrating. The blasted thing seemed to have a mind of its own and practically ignored my inputs/requests. When testing the bulb mode function, the app would release the shutter over and over and over (for as long the bulb timer was set for) instead of acting as a simple bulb timer, which is what it is supposed to be. It was literally as though the app was firing the shutter in Continuous Slow release mode with no rhyme or reason to shutter speed. Also for the app's Bulb feature, I discovered there is no way to use the camera's mirror-up release mode through the app while the camera is in Bulb mode (which is very important to me). If in mirror-up release mode, one has to press the shutter button on the camera to raise the mirror, and then one can use the app to open/close the shutter for the bulb duration.

I experienced the same issue as described above when trying to use the Timer feature in the app. Instead of just counting down a timer and firing the camera one time, the app was firing the shutter over and over and over again for as long as the timer was set. You could say I was incredibly dissatisfied with this piece of junk at this point.

By now I was 30-minutes into testing something that looks really simple. I closed/restarted the app a couple times with no change. And then, finally with the app running, I disconnected the cable from the mobile device for a few seconds and reconnected it and gave the piece of junk one more try. Mysteriously it began to function as I expected. I tested the timer and bulb features for another 30 minutes and they worked fine.

Frankly, my experience with this product, combined with the fact there seems to be zero support available really only deserves 1 star. But, given the fact that I finally got it to work, and that it seems to do what I purchased it for, I'll give it two stars.

My suggestion would be to look hard at alternatives to this product. The Lapse feature holds no value for me so I didn't spend any time at all testing it.

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5.0

B&H Rocks!

By Shirl

from Eastern Connecticut

Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

Since this item is a Christmas gift, I can't comment on it's function, but I'm not worried because B&H stands behind their products. Their customer service is great!

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5.0

Great Purchase for Astrophotography

By Maestro de Physicas

from Marion, MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

I bought this cord to attach to my Nikon D5200 and 300mm zoom lens. (Both also purchased through B&H.) It does work with the intended ioShutter app and it also works with Triggertrap. The only issue I seemed to have is it occasionally takes a few shots on its own. I've looked into if it is from the shake or sound activation modes and I'm pretty sure it is just from random current from the phone. Regardless, it's easy to delete those couple of errant photos at the end. This was my first attempt at astrophotography and I couldn't be happier. The shots are very impressive, especially for a crop format camera.

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5.0

Buy it!

By Lucas

from Sherbrooke

Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

You may be tempted to buy Triggertrap, but it is more expensive. I bought the ioshutter cable and by curiosity, I downloaded the triggertrap app and it works! So buy the ioshutter cable and use it with the triggertrap free app. You will save money and have better control over your camera than with the ioshutter app.

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5.0

Buy it!

By Lucas

from Sherbrooke, Québec

Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

You may be tempted to buy Triggertrap, but it is more expensive. I bought the ioshutter cable and by curiosity, I downloaded the triggertrap app and it works! So buy the ioshutter cable and use it with the triggertrap free app. You will save money and have better control over your camera than with the ioshutter app.

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5.0

Nifty little item

By Vailpro

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

    I purchased IOShutter for my canon 5DIII and loved it. Sold the 5DIII and needed one for my Nikon. Foolproof and works every time. Highly recommend.

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    5.0

    Great Alternative to Nikon MC-36A

    By Studio Fuentes

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Carry Bag Is Lens Cloth
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astrophotography
      • Home
      • Long-exposure
      • Macro Photography
      • Studio

      Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

      I was going to purchase a Nikon MC-36A Multi-Function Remote Cord for my D800, but I saw a review for this in an Apple magazine and I was intrigued. I bought it because (like the rest of the world) I am permanently attached to my iPhone. Once I saw how simple and full-featured the ioShutter app is, I never looked back. It has more triggering options than the more expensive Nikon remotes, but most people will be able to get away the free ioShutter Lite app. I mainly use it for product photography, but it comes in handy as well when I'm shooting long-expsoure images, plus I have my iPhone screen to light the way. To boot, the carrying bag doubles as a lens cloth!

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      4.0

      Works as Advertised. Expensive

      By RJB

      from Novato, CA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night photography
        • Time lapse photography
        • Timer Photography

        Comments about ioShutter Shutter Release Cable for Nikon DSLR:

        1) I have a Nikon D7000, and the product works as advertised with my camera.

        2) ioShutter is a good choice for night photogreaphy because once it's connected you can use your iPhone to control and time your camera's shutter. You don't need a flashlight. It's also a good choice for short term time lapse photography.

        3) The cable is expensive. There may be a less expensive alternative.

        3) I originally had problems connecting the cable to my phone because my phone case was keeping the cable from fully seating in the phone's headphone jack. I had to modify the case in order to get a functional connection.

        ioShutter's email support staff was very responsive. They worked with me to detect the problem.

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