April 27, 2013

Remote Shutter Terminal Converter Cable N3F to E3M for Canon

Remote Shutter Terminal Converter Cable N3F to E3M
A Remote Shutter Terminal Converter Cable, as most converters exist for, is to protect your investment in devices with proprietary plugs in case you need to interchange them between incompatible equipment.
The specific N3 Female to E3 Male converter cable enables the use of quite expensive Canon devices like the TC-80N3 Remote release Timer Controller intended for the higher end Canon EOS cameras, with the entry level  Digital Rebels or nnnD series or even a G series.

So in case you are the happy owner of both a higher end camera like a 5D Mk (whatever) and a second entry level backup or travel camera like a 550D or G12 there is no need to buy more than one Timer Controller. Unless you want to shoot time lapses with both simultaneously of course, quite unprobable but...
On the other hand, the use of a female 2,5mm socket (Canon's E3) is very common to many other manufacturers, giving greater possibilities to this Converter Cable.

N3 Female socket
The female N3 compatible socket accepts the N3 male plug found on Canon remote release cables like the RS-80N3 or TC-80N3. However, it retains the plug only by friction since it does not have the necessary lip for the original Canon plug to lock on.
E3 Male Jack
At the other end the male 2.5mm stereo jack or E3 plug as called by Canon enables the connection with a vast number of cameras as it is common to Canon EOS and many cameras from other manufacturers. A full compatibility list is given at the end of the article.

Using with a Camera

E3 Male jack in Canon EOS 550D connector closeup
All Canon EOS Digital Rebel, nnnD or Kiss models have such a remote release female connector on the side panel.
N3F-E3M Converter cable on Canon EOS 550D overview
The converter cable is 18 cm (7.09") long including the terminals, putting the conversion plug flexibly away from the camera and probably avoid any stress on the camera socket, as would be the case if the plugs were stuck one on top of the other.

Canon EOS 550D + N3F-E3M Converter cable + Aputure AP-TRC3 timer controller
The usage of the Remote Shutter Terminal Converter Cable is illustrated above with a Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i) and Aputure AP-TC3 (TC-80N3 compatible) Timer Remote Controller.
The male N3 plug fits snugly into the female N3 socket without any locking mechanism whatsoever. Although I did not have any disconnection problems up to now,  if it makes you feel more secure,  you may attach the connectors somewhere on the tripod, below the camera, so the Remote Release device may hang freely without fear of disconnection.

E3 Compatible Cameras:
CANON: Powershot G12 /Powershot G11 /Powershot G10
EOS 70D /EOS 60D /EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) /EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) /EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) /EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) /EOS 500D (Rebel T1i) /EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) /EOS 400D (Rebel XTi) /EOS 350D (Rebel XT) /EOS 300D
/EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) /EOS M /EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) /EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) /EOS 1000D (Rebel T2)
/EOS 300 /EOS 300V /EOS 50E /EOS 50 /EOS 33 /EOS 30,
PENTAX: K-5 /K-7 /K10D /K110D /K100D /K20D /K200D /Cs205, D/ DS /DS2 /DL /DL2 /K10,  MZ-6 /MZ-L /ZX-L,
CONTAX: 645 /Nl /Nx /N /Digital /LA-50,
SAMSUNG: GX-20 /GX-10 /GX-1L /GX-1S /NX10 /NX100.

N3 Compatible Devices:
CANON: RS-80N3 /TC-80N3 /LC-5 /RA-N3

I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2012-2013 S.C.Vlachos

Remote Shutter Terminal Converter Cable N3F-E3M is available from Amazon or from eBay

Referenced Articles:

Aputure AP-TR3C (TC-80N3 compatible) Timer Remote Controller for Canon

Shoot RS-80N3 compatible Remote Release Cable for Canon

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