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Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by WT21, Feb 28, 2013.
Does anyone know of an RF-based remote shutter release for Pens? Specifically EPL5?
What is RF?
radio frequency. i.e. not cable and not ir (infra-red)
There are several listed makers on Amazon and Ebay for RF releases, some with timers added, just make sure they list Olympus E P plug compatibility
I have the Hahnel remote which is quite acceptable.
There are also a number of reviews that say "this wasn't compatible with my Pen" so I was hoping for some first-hand suggestions.
You can get a shutter release cable for the Cactus v5 wireless triggers, which allows the triggers to be used for either flash triggers or shutter release.
Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo - Gadget Infinity
Cactus V5 Shutter Cable for Olympus E-PL2 E-P2 E-P1 E-620 E-520 - Gadget Infinity
They don't list the E-PL5, but if it uses the same cable as the previose unitis did, it should work. I have 4 of the v5s for flash use, and they work very well for me.
Ok mine is the Hahnel HW 433 OL80. Works on Pens and OMD.
Does it just plug into the USB port?
Yep and sits on the hotshoe too if you want it to be tidy.
Works to 80 metres.
Bhphotovideo hahnel HL-HW433 OL80
I'm using the unfortunately named "Aputure" ones and they are very, very good.
If you go this route, you want the Trigmaster 2.4 or Trigmaster II 2.4 units for Olympus.
You can use the Trigmaster Plus which I have also but you have to fix a problem with them to use a flash mounted on them. The way the case is molded cause heavy flashes to bend the case enough to activate the button to change channels. I bought some really cheap and modified them according to a web site and they were a real bargain.
The nice thing about the plus is they are all transceivers. They can work as either transmit or receive, and they allow remote shutter release and the unit on the camera also syncs and fires the flashes. Very flexible.
There's plenty of choices out there! These are affordable and pretty high quality. Only fly in the ointment is the Plus model and the little reinforcement you have to glue in -- but it means you can find them used super cheap.
I have both types and they all work at 100 meters or more reliably. The Plus units have genuine external antennas which can be positioned for optimum range when needed.
In case anyone is wondering "what do you have to do to the Trigmaster Plus to make is reliable?" -- It's this:
Blog post by a clever fellow with pictures showing how to modify the Plus
I did mine using scraps of plastic from an old expired gift card (though a credit card would work also).
I have four of these puppies now and spent less than $100 for the lot of them and they work a treat.
If you're good with your hands, they are an inexpensive way to get into good triggers if you can find somebody selling them because they had problems -- which they probably won't tell you and they'll think they're getting over, lol.