A remote cable helps transferring the shutter release button away from the camera, thus avoiding direct contact and unwanted vibrations.
Of course Canon offers the RS-80N3 Remote Release Cable in their line of accessories which has a proprietary plug matching the socket found on EOS medium to high end cameras.
As usual with Canon Accessories the price is quite exaggerated considering that besides a proprietary plug it is just a cable with a dual action switch on the other end. I'm fully aware of quality control, huge overhead costs etc etc. but since this remote release design dates back a couple of decades ago, found on EOS 3, 1V, 1VHS, 2000D, D30, D60 until the most recent 10D to 50D, 7D, 6D, 5D series and 1D series, then it should be sold at least for the half than it does.
On the other hand this fact leaves plenty of room for after market products that sell at a fraction of the price.
One of these is the Shoot RS-80N3 Remote Switch which may be found at an unbelievably low price of US $ 3.5 shipped !
The Remote Release
|There's not much on the back side besides a curved recess near the top for better handling and a small RS-80N3 sticker in another recess near the bottom.|
Rock bottom price
Very good quality for the price
Small issue with plastic N3 plug fitting
A pro wouldn't even bother to look at such a cheap alternative and really shouldn't since max reliability could only be assured with an original Canon remote release. However, if you just need one for infrequent use or just need to have a second or third one around, then it's so inexpensive that you can have more than 10 for the price of the original.
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Price & Availability:
Keep in mind that the illustrated remote release is marketed also under different brand names and you should not pay more US $ 5 for it including shipping.
Shoot RS-80N3 Remote is available either from Amazon, or from eBay.
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