January 29, 2015

RS-60E3 Compatible Remote Release Cable for Canon

RS-60E3 compatible Remote Release Cable on Canon EOS 550D
It is well known that a remote cable helps transferring the shutter release button away from the camera, thus avoiding direct contact and unwanted vibrations.

After my posts about TC-80N3 compatible Timer Remote ControllerRS-80N3 Remote Release Cable and YongNuo Wireless Remote Control, the only one left without mention was a remote compatible with the low end EOS and the high end G series Powershot cameras.

No doubt Canon offers the RS-60E3 Remote Release Cable in their line of accessories which has a pin plug matching the socket found on smaller EOS xxxD / Rebel digital cameras.

But as usual with Canon Accessories the price is quite exaggerated considering that there is no proprietary plug as with the RS-80N3. A cable with a stereo pin jack on one end and a dual action switch on the other end would do the job.

On the other hand an RS-60E3 Remote Switch that may be found at an unbelievably low price of US $ 3.5 shipped makes any DIY project unworthy of the time.

The Remote Release

RS-60E3 compatible Remote Release Cable front
The handle of this generic RS-60E3 compatible remote release is very similar to the Canon RS-80N3 remote rather than the RS-60E3 but the 90cm (3') cable ends in a Canon-E3 plug. The dual action release button is located near the top and may be half pressed for AF then fully pressed for shutter release. When fully pressed it can slide upwards locking the shutter release for Bulb (B) manually timed exposure.
RS-60E3 compatible Remote Release Cable rear
On the back side there are three recesses with the deepest near the top for better handling and a repository for EOS 1D series remote release connector cap. This is rather a detail coming from the RS-80N3 remote release with which it shares the shape as this one has nothing to do with the Canon top line models.
RS-60E3 compatible Remote Release Cable jack deatail
The E3 plug is none other than a 2,5mm stereo headphones jack with three contact areas for half press shutter AF, Shutter release and ground. It is almost identical to the Canon E3 plug in shape but differs in the gold plated finish instead of the Canon's chromed 

Attaching to the Camera

The Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i digital camera was chosen for the illustration.

By lifting the rubber connector cover on the left side of the camera, all connectors are exposed.
All that's needed is to plug the 2,5 mm pin jack into the Remote Shutter Release socket.
RS-60E3 compatible Remote Release Cable on con port
The plug fits well and relies on the jack form to stay in the socket.

Compatible Canon cameras:
EOS 1000D, 100D (Rebel SL1), 1100D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D
EOS 60D, 60Da, 70D,
Digital Rebel X, XS, XSi, XT, XTi, T1, T1i, T2i, T3, T3i, T4i, T5i,
Kiss Digital N, Kiss X, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Kiss X4, Kiss X5, Kiss X50,
EOS M, Rebel 2000, Rebel G, Rebel G II, Rebel T2
PowerShot G-Series G10, G11, G12, G16, G1x

Motor Drive MA for A-1, AE-1 Program

Rock bottom price
Very good quality for the price

None up to the time of writing.

As I continuously repeat cheap replicas are not for pros or serious users who wouldn't even bother to look at such an alternative since max reliability can only be assured with an original Canon product.
Nevertheless, if you just need one for infrequent use or just need to have a second or third, one in each bag you have, then an inexpensive replica won't do any harm while it sells for a fraction of the price of the original.

I hope you found the article useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2015 S.C.Vlachos

Price & Availability:
Keep in mind that the illustrated remote release is marketed under many different brand names and you should not pay more US $ 5-10 for a compatible remote release including shipping.
RS-60E3 Compatible Remotes are available from Amazon or from eBay.

Referenced Articles:
Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i Digital Camera Reference

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