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Old Aug 15, 2011, 1:59 PM   #1
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I was thinking of getting a remote for my E-620, it's from the company Shoot.



Anyone see/hear about this company or this product?

I just found this too:

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Old Aug 15, 2011, 2:53 PM   #2
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They are very nice devices. I own two of them (Olympus versions), one for use on the E5 and one for and my Pens. Works great for normal exposures or long-timed shots combined with the pre-release/anti-shock feature.
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How is it supposed to offer longer exposure than what the camera is offering. For instance, I know that my camera can offer an exposure time of 60s max. The cable release can go considerably longer, how does it do that? Bulb mode?
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Yes. Bulb is self-timed for however long you want.
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Yes. Bulb is self-timed for however long you want.
So, put the E-620 in bulb mode, then the remote "takes" over, type of thing?
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Dan, it is very likely (but difficult to confirm) that any specific DSLR is using power to hold the mirror up, and possibly to hold the shutter open. So if you plan a long exposure (maybe up to a few minutes but this is just a guess on my part) you need to use freshly charged batteries. Very long exposures will require an external AC power supply.

This is an issue for astrophotography and if you want to do exposures of maybe 10 minutes or longer you might want to google on astrophotography forums - you will see that there are other issues like taking a dark frame to subtract out noise.

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It may be that it's meant for elapsed-time photography as well as bulb-type. That what I was looking for in a timer. My old Oly SP570 had that function built-in and it was a real kick to work with.
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Alright, I got my timer!

I'm in M and the shutter was set to BULB.

My timer: Delay: 0, Long: 10sec, Intvl: 11 sec, n: 2

It starts off fine, however, after 10 seconds, it doesn't close the shutter and begin with the second picture. The shutter just stays open. Even with n: 1, the shutter still stays open. Why is that?

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My device is rated for the E series up to 520 (OP12). I'm getting odd behaviors. I'm thinking that maybe I got the wrong device, rather OP3 for E1, E3, E10?

I had a delay of 2 sec, 0 long, 5 interval and n 3, it fired off before even having done the delay. Disapointment so far...
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Update. I think I figured it out somewhat. Basically, bulb mode and timed photography aren't to be used together? Bulb mode should be used with the big button/lock only?

I was able to set n shots at y intervals and get them.

However, I still cannot make bulb mode work properly. I figured out that I cannot override the 1min default bulb mode in the camera. If I want to have the shutter open for 2 minutes for instance, after 1 minute the camera will close the shutter. As well, if the default is 30 minutes in the camera, if I close the shutter only after 1 minute, it'll still stay on for the rest of the 30 minutes. Any ideas?
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I have the "Olympus" cable release, it is very simple just lock and unlock the shutter and it works in bulb-manual mode.

You have to lock it and unlock the shutter manually for however long you want.

The picture of the shutter you posted looks more sophisticated, check the manual for info... I don't think your camera is the problem.
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