The intervelometer function (taking shots at timed intervals) is currently not an in-camera function offered by the camera firmware but a feature unique to the Timer Remote Controllers, either Canon's own TC-80N3 or compatibles like the Aputure AP-TR3C and others.
Unless of course you are willing to take the "risk" of installing a third party add-on firmware like the Magic Lantern, which offers these functions among many more and for many Canon and Nikon cameras.
The Aputure AP-TR3C Timer Remote Controller in discussion here, is almost identical visually to Canon TC-80N3, sporting the same four functions: Self Timer, Intervalometer, Long Exposure and Number of Exposures, which we'll see analytically later on.
|The Aputure AP-TR3C came in a black retail box with a drawing of another model. One box fits all minimizes costs.|
|However the controller was meticulously packed in a hard pre-cut foam enclosure and was accompanied by a very detailed and illustrated manual in fair English and Chinese.|
|Type:||Remote switch with built-in timer control functions & exposure count control.|
|Connector Type:||N3 Quick-lock remote control socket.|
|Compatible cameras:||All Canon EOS-1D series, All EOS 5D series, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 10D, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D, EOS D60, EOS D30.|
|Control Functions:||The [MODE] button selects the mode and the Jog Dial sets the time or the number of exposures. Various modes can be combined.|
|Timer Start/Stop:||Activated by [START/STOP] button.|
|Hold Function:||HOLD appears when the [☼] button is pressed for 3". This disables all other buttons and dial. The hold function is canceled by pressing the button for 3" again.|
|Release Button:||Halfway & complete pressing provided. Release Lock provided. Can be used to release the shutter even during self timer or interval timer operations.|
|Display panel||Icons for self-timer, interval timer, long exposure timer and exposure count setting. Time and exposure count and low battery warning|
|Display Illumination:||Pressing the [☼] button illuminates the display for 6"|
|Cable length:||80 cm (31.5")|
|Power source:||One Lithium CR2032 (3V) button battery|
|Battery life:||Approx 3 years. Exhausted battery indicated by blinking battery low icon on display|
|Dimensions:||40 x 20 x 143 mm / 1.57 x 0.8 x 5.63 " (W x D x H)|
|Weight:||85gr (3 oz) Including battery.|
* Unlimited, is somehow used as an expression to indicate that there will be no limit set by the controller but actually there are limitations set by the capacity of the memory card in the camera or the capacity of the hard disk when the camera is tethered to a laptop or the capacity of the batteries.
When the exposure count is not set then the Timer Controller will activate the camera until any buttery drains out or any memory is full or the user stops the shooting process manually.
|Finally the back side is again identical to the OEM product in all detail.|
|Even the recess which is used as a repository for the remote socket cap found on earlier EOS 1 series cameras.|
|The Aputure AP-TR3C is powered by button battery residing in a hinged slide out tray at the bottom of the controller.|
The Aputure AP-TR3C Timer Remote Controller functions can be individually selected by the mode button and set by the Jog Dial.
Self-timer function: that starts shooting after a specified time period from the moment the "start" button is pressed.
Intervalometer function: that specifies the Interval time between exposures.
Long Exposure function: where the user may set the exposure duration on the remote, when the camera is in Bulb mode.
The above three function can be independently set anywhere from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds, while the...
Number of Exposures function can be set from 1 to 99 or if set to 0 the controller activates the shutter until memory is full or the user stops the shooting process manually.
Nevertheless, all functions may be combined together as we can see in the table below.
|1||●||Self-timer||Specifies the start time of the exposure|
|2||●||Interval timer||Time-lapse photography|
|4||●||The set number of exposures is taken at 1-second intervals||Sets the number of exposures for mode 1 and 2|
|5||●||●||After the self-timer delay, Interval timer begins||Time-lapse photography|
|6||●||●||After the self-timer delay, a long exposure begins||Time-lapse photography|
|7||●||●||After the self-timer delay, the set number of exposures are captured at 1-second intervals||Time-lapse photography|
|8||●||●||The long exposure is taken at set intervals||Astrophotography|
|9||●||●||The set number of exposures is taken at the set intervals||Time-lapse photography|
|10||●||●||●||After the self-timer delay, the long exposure is taken at the set intervals||Astrophotography|
|11||●||●||●||After the self-timer delay, the set number of exposures is taken at the set intervals||Time-lapse photography|
|12||●||●||●||The set number of Long exposures is taken at the set intervals||Astrophotography|
|13||●||●||●||●||After the self-timer delay, the set number of Long exposures is taken at the set intervals||Astrophotography|
|14||●||●||Incompatible combination, setting No 3 will be set automatically|
|15||●||●||●||Incompatible combination, setting No 6 will be set automatically|
Using with a Camera
|Pictured above is the Aputure AP-TR3C Timer Remote connected to a Canon EOS 550D / T3i via the Remote Shutter Terminal Converter Cable N3F to E3M|
Very low price compared to the OEM product.
Very good quality for the price.
Operates as a simple Remote shutter release switch without battery.
Battery drains quicker than expected.
Non fully compatible N3 plug.
As I had mentioned in Shoot RS-80N3 compatible Remote Release Cable review a Pro wouldn't even bother to look at cheap alternatives and really shouldn't since max reliability could only be assured with an original Canon remote release. However, there is great market segment of enthusiasts and beginners that would like to experiment with time lapse photography who are not prepared to spend more than US $ 200 required for an original Canon TC-80N3. In this respect Aputure AP-TR3C is a very good quality alternative doing exactly the same job at a small fraction of the price.
Once again keep in mind that the illustrated remote release is marketed under different brand names at various prices.
I hope you found the article useful, thank you for viewing.
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