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Canon RS-60E3 Remote Switch Review
05/06/2006

In the early days of film cameras, I've used the shutter release cable. Now, with the Digital Rebel XT/EOS 350D, the shutter release cable is replaced by Canon's RS-60E3 Remote Switch. If you click on one of the photos to the left, you'll see a typo on the box (Swich, should be Switch), however, the instruction pamphlet that came with this remote had "switch" spelled correctly. On the back of the box, you'll find that this remote was made in Taiwan (or maybe it was the box).

I have Canon's RC-1 Wireless Remote Controller (see review), which is great for group shots and getting yourself in the picture, but it is not all that convenient for use in architectural/macro/portrait/product/sample photography and astrophotography (which I am slowly gaining interest in).

What's in the box
There are only two items in the box :
1 - Canon RS-60E3 Remote Switch
1 - Instruction pamphlet (in different languages)

Specifications

  Features:   Replicates all the functions of the camera's shutter-release button
  Additional Features:   None
  Batteries:   None
  Size:   7/8" (22mm) wide x 3-1/8" (79mm) long x 9/16" (14mm) thick
  Cable Length:   24" (0.6m)
  Plug:   3/32" (2.5mm)
  Weight:   1 oz. (28g)
     
Compatible with Elan, Rebel & EOS IX Series Cameras

A close up view of Canon's RS-60E3 Remote Switch
Front Back
Canon's RS-60E3 Remote Switch is about the size of a flattened AA battery. A 2 foot cable with a 3/32" (2.5mm) TRS (tip-ring-sleeve, in other words, stereo) plug is fixed at the button end of the switch. The two stage button operates a lot like the shutter release button on the Digital Rebel XT/EOS 350D and there is a third stage where you can lock down the button (when setting the shutter on bulb or, for continuous shooting).

Something unimportant I would like to mention here is that the cable was wrapped using a small black rubber band instead of the usual wire ties.

Using the Canon RS-60E3 Remote Switch
I had to refer to the Digital Rebel XT's manual to find out where the remote connection was on the camera. The instructions, that came with the RS-60E3 Remote Switch, showed a different location for the remote jack. On the Digital Rebel XT, the jack is located behind the rubber door on the left hand side of the camera.

Using the RS-60E3 Remote Switch is about as simple as using the shutter release button on the Digital Rebel XT. It works in any mode. When slightly depressing the button, the camera (lens in auto-focus) the lens will auto-focus and set exposure. Press fully, and the shutter will release.

You can also use it with the timer. But you will have to deal with having to wait 10 seconds for the picture to be taken.

For architectural/macro/portrait/product/sample photography, it is best to set the set the focus switch on the lens to M (manual). There are two ways to achieve this. 1 - Manually focus on the subject. 2 - Auto focus then switch to manual. In fact, you should use this procedure when you use "buLb", "Mirror lockup" and "buLb" with "Mirror lockup".

For bulb exposures, set the camera's Mode Dial to M (manual). Looking at the LCD, set the shutter speed to "buLb", which is after 30". Then, on the remote switch, press the button fully and push/slide the button forward (towards the cable). You will see a red bar indicating that the button is locked down. When there is sufficient exposure, slide the button back, and the shutter will close.

When using "Mirror lockup" (Custom Functions, C.Fn-7), pressing the button fully once will lock up the mirror. Pressing the button again will take the picture.

To take photographs with "buLb" and "Mirror lockup", press the button fully once to lock up the mirror. Then press and hold down the button, slide forward to lock the button down, to take the picture. When sufficient exposure is reached, slide the button back to close the shutter.

"When storing the Remote Switch", according to Canon's instructions, "the cable should be wound around the main unit as shown in the diagram". Easier said than done. There are a couple of slots on both side of the remote to hold the cable in position. Unfortunately, the slots on my remote are too large, or the cable is too small. Originally, I thought that the rubber band used to wrap the cable would hold the cable in the first slot. Not so. Eventually the cable will un-wind itself from the switch. Just a minor quibble.

Conclusion
Canon's RS-60E3 Remote Switch is exactly what I've been looking for. I've been using the RC-1 Wireless Remote Controller to take pictures of, for example, products. But using the RC-1 requires changing the "Auto power off" setting on the camera to a longer time (slightly using up the battery) and having to position the Wireless Remote in front of the camera.

With the camera on the tripod and the RS-60E3 plugged in, you use the Remote Switch as an extension of the camera's shutter button. Vibration is minimized and, when used with "Mirror lockup", the pictures are exceptionally clear.

For astrophotography, this is probably the ideal accessory to have. Using the RC-1 wireless, you had to put up with the AF assist beam. With the RS-60E3 you don't have the AF assist beam, because that only happens when you use the timer/remote function which is required when using the RC-1 wireless.

Probably the only thing I wish the RS-60E3 Remote Switch had... was a slightly longer cable. But then, that's what extension cables are for such as this one from Radio Shack

:-)

Gary Kawamura

 
About the moon photograph
  Object:   Waxing Gibbous Moon
  Condition:   Hazy, cloudy, city lights
  Telescope:   None
  Camera:   Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
  Date Time:   2006-04-11T19:54:06-07:00
  Shutter Speed:   1/500 sec
  Exposure Program:   Manual
  F-Stop:   F/8.0
  ISO Speed Ratings:   400
  Focal Length:   240.0 mm
  Lens:   70.0-300.0 mm
  Notes:   Handheld, IS (image stabilizer), cropped, 100%, no filters or adjustments
 
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