6 top remote releases tested and rated

6 top remote releases tested and rated

Are you in the market for a remote release? One of the unsung heroes of camera bags the world over, remote releases are more than just a functional tool for ensuring sharp images. They also open up all sorts of creative possibilities. Here we’ve taken 6 of the top remote releases on the market and put them to the test.

6 top remote releases tested and rated

Hähnel Combi TF

Price: £40 Web: www.hahnel.ie
A powerful RF (Radio Frequency) controller with a 100m range, the Combi TF’s transmitter enables remote switching between immediate and four-second delayed release. There’s also compatibility for Bulb and continuous shooting. It even works as a remote hotshoe, but you have to set the flashgun power manually.

SCORE: 3/5


Hähnel Giga T Pro II

Price: £60 Web: www.hahnel.ie
Compact and lightweight, but well built and versatile, the Giga T Pro II has a veritable feast of programmable shooting modes and a 100m RF operating range. Adjustable self-timer and dual time-lapse (interval) settings, plus single, continuous, self-timer and Bulb functions are all available via an intuitive interface.

SCORE: 5/5


Hama Timer Remote DCCS (5201)

Price: £40 Web: www.hama.co.uk
Connecting to most cameras via optional cables, what this Hama lacks in wireless facilities it makes up for in shooting options. Single, continuous, delayed release and even time-lapse modes are easily programmable using the four-way pad and backlit LCD display.

SCORE: 4/5


Hama Wireless Remote  DCCS (5202)

Price: £40 Web: www.hama.co.uk
An RF wireless remote with a 150m range, this controller uses Hama’s ‘DCCS’ connecting cables to ensure compatibility. There’s no LCD display or programmable options for time-lapse shooting, but a simple switch enables single, continuous, self-timer and Bulb options.

SCORE: 4/5


Phottix TR-90 Digital Timer & Remote Shutter Release

Price: £50 Web: www.phottix.co.uk
This cable-connected remote offers most of the same features as the Hama Timer. It lacks the Hama’s ability to select drive modes direct from the transmitter, but the programmable time-lapse and long exposure options are versatile and easy to use. Build quality is good.

SCORE: 4/5


Phottix Aion Wireless Timer Remote

Price: £80 Web: www.phottix.co.uk
Boasting a full array of drive mode options and programmable settings, the Aion also adds a novel bracketing feature for Bulb exposures. The transmitter’s solid, with an intuitive control layout and clear LCD. Wireless range is a bit modest, though, with a maximum reach of 60m.

SCORE: 4/5


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  • Jon Maorari Pitman

    I would disagree. I think it deserves a 3. I agree with you that the remote hot shoe is useful, but there are significant design flaws with the combi. I own one, and I’m in the market for a new remote due to these design flaws.

    1. The button on the transmitter is not protected and there is no off button on the transmitter. This means it is always on and if the button gets pressed up against something in your camera bag or in your pocket it could be actively sending out a constant signal and you could arrive at your chosen destination with a dead battery because of this, or your camera can get triggered accidentally. If you’re already set up at this point.

    2. The bulb mode lock is terribly badly designed. For an exposure of less than 3 seconds you hold the button down and release to end the exposure. For exposures longer than 3 seconds the button auto-locks. This is a nightmare if you’re choosing exposure times on-the-fly and your exposure time happens to be around 3 seconds.