DIY – Release Cable for Canon DSLRs

Apr 4, 2007

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

DIY – Release Cable for Canon DSLRs

Apr 4, 2007

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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canon DIY release cableThis is a very simple diagram and instructions for building a shutter release cable for a canon DSLR.

Cable release is that thingamajig you use when you want to activate your camera, but you do not want to touch it. Why would you want t do this? I can think of two reasons: 1 – you do not want to move the camera by pressing the shutter release button. And 2 – you need to stand away from the camera. Compared with Cannon’s RS60 E3 this is a real nice deal.

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Here is the list of materials you will need for this project (the total cost is somewhere around 2$).

  • One small 2.5mm stereo jack plug
  • One insulated wire with 3 insulated wires inside. The longer the wire – the longer you will be able to step back :) Telephony wires are ok, and you will have one wire to spear.
  • Two “touch” switches set to the open position
  • A nice box to place switches in.

The diagram is pretty much self explanatory:

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– Short circuit from R to ground = half press.

– Short circuit from L to ground = full press.

This article was contributed by Karsten Stroemvig (aka Lullaby)

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2 responses to “DIY – Release Cable for Canon DSLRs”

  1. qu1j0t3 Avatar
    qu1j0t3

    That hack is clever, but one way you can get a genuine N3 socket is to buy a Yongnuo adapter. I found a very cheap one on eBay, product number LS-02/C1 “shutter connecting cord”. It has the N3 on one end and a male 2.5″ stereo jack on the other.

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    qu1j0t3

    See my comment above for one way to obtain one. http://disq.us/p/1lw5nt7