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Lotuslady Jul 21, 2002 9:11 PM

DImage 7I
Does this camera have some type of wireless remote? I had been looking at purchasing the Olympus C4040 and am swaying to the purchase of a D7i instead. One of the features I liked on the C4040 is the RM-1 wireless remote.

I would like to set the camera up on a tri-pod and take wildlife shots using a remote. Is this possible with the D7i? Thanks in advance for you help.

cald Jul 21, 2002 9:50 PM

The remote control is wired and sold separately = RC 1000S or RC-1000L
(I don't know what the difference is between them.)

Lotuslady Jul 21, 2002 9:55 PM

Cald, thank you for your response. That is what I needed to know.

sjms Jul 22, 2002 9:41 AM

there is one reason to get the wired remote. you won't loose it while its attached to the camera. that leash built in (wire) prevents it. the wireless one you put into one of your 12 photo vest pockets can't be found when you need it. only kidding:D:D:D

JimHunt Jul 23, 2002 7:21 PM

The S is for short (18" or so) and the L is for long (maybe 20'). With either one of them, you can easily splice in more cable to make it longer. A lot of people have made thier own remotes, since the Minolta ones seem so expensive.

You can also easily make a wireless remote using a two-channel radio control toy.

Upalms Aug 13, 2002 11:50 PM

Wirerless remote
The difference is the remotes is the length. From our brief experience with our 7i, you'll need the remote. We reduced the ISO to 100, and the camera shake warning is almost constant, even on the tripod.

broisman Aug 14, 2002 4:35 PM


How do you make a wireless remote?


JimHunt Aug 14, 2002 11:57 PM

AARRRRGH! I posted a nice long reply and the forum software ate it because I wasn't logged in. Here goes again.

Looking at the rear of the camera, there are three pins in the remote cable socket. If you short the left pin and the center pin together this is the same as a half-press of the shutter button. If you then short the right pin to the two that are already shorted together, this is the same as completing the shutter press to take a photo. So the appropriate plug, some three-conductor wire, and two switches makes a remote cable. Replace the switches with two relays that are triggered by an IR or radio control remote and you have a wireless remote.

People hace used a CD-ROM audio cable plug (cut down from four pins to three pins) or a soundblaster cable plug (built up a little so it fits snugger).

I bought an RC toy and used the guts for the remote. Make sure you get a two-channel toy. It has to have two totally separate control toggles and they will each control two directions. ( i.e. left and right for one and forward and backwards for the other.) Be careful, some toys go forward when turned on and turn when backing, so it seem there are two channel when there really aren't. They also run on different numbers of batteries, so make sure voltages are appropriate for the circuit you want to build. Some toys show a distance range on the box and some don't.

Here's a photo (don't critisize--I had a cold that day) and a schematic (no excuses). If you don't want LED's, you can leave out everything except two reed relays of appropriate voltage. The reed relays trigger whether voltage is positive or negative. Please feel free to email me specific questions at [email protected]


NHL Aug 15, 2002 12:15 AM

Good job Jim!

How thoses birdies? Have you upgrade your D7 yet...

JimHunt Aug 15, 2002 12:27 AM

Upgraded last night. To my amazement, it fixed my hot pixels. When it was first announced, I wasn't interested in UHS mode. After trying it, I think it may get some use.

Birdies doing fine:

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