Everyone loves doing timelapse photography, right? One of the main reasons someone would not dive into the timelapse world, is the fact that name brand intervalometers, or “timer remotes,” are waytoooverpriced. Well, lucky for us, there’s a “knock-off” timer remote on Ebay that does everything you would need it to do. I personally own the Canon 60D version, and I recommend this to anyone that asks about purchasing an intervalometer.
This timer remote comes in at roughly $20 and is very simple to use. There are 4 main setting that are available:
SELF TIMER: (Labeled as “SELF”) A timer countdown to a shutter release. Example: set a 10 second timer so you can run in on a family photo.
INTERVALOMETER: (Labeled as “INT.”) A recurring timer that releases the shutter in desired intervals. Most common setting for timelapse photography.
LONG EXPOSURE: (Labeled as “LONG”) Controls the shutter speed if not controlled in camera. This setting goes beyond the maximum 30 second exposure in most cameras.
FRAME: (Labeled as “FRAMES”) Set a desired amount of shots.
You can combine any of the 4 setting with each other. For instance, If you want to start a timelapse in 6 hours, have it take 60 photos that are 15 seconds apart, then you would have your settings like this:
This would be useful for setting a sunrise timelapse if you don’t want to wake up early. The intervalometer will wake the camera up from it’s timeout-sleep when it starts the shutter releases, so no need to worry about wasting battery. There is also a simple shutter release button that will take a picture. You can lock the remote by holding down the “light” button for 5 seconds. Unlock it the same way. Good to know, especially if the camera is setup around alot of nosy people. You can reset ALL of the settings back to zero by pressing “mode/light/side button” simultaneously.
This timer remote is seriously a steal at this price. It’s on Ebay, by the seller “LinkDelight.” They have various models listed. The corresponding camera models are listed in the title of each listing, so make sure you get the right one for your camera. Some versions of the timer have a few different camera models that they work with, so don’t let that throw you off.
This thing is very simple to use. In fact, I did the below astro-timelapse with this timer remote.