The last accessory that I bought for my camera kit were some really inexpensive (and pretty useless) optical filters of various colours and some of the macro type filters which too haven’t been used much. Since it had been some time since I had bought anything for the camera, I was looking for some inexpensive accessories that would actually get used and not just lie in the camera bag. While browsing for camera accessories online (mostly ebay), I saw some really cool wireless remotes for Sony Alphas.
They were very nice and had all the features that you could ask for in a timer. They were wireless with a unit that attached to the flash receptacle with a wire going from there to the remote port and a hand held unit with all the goodies. Most of them had just the shutter release mechanism but more advanced ones had an intervalometer to take pictures at preset intervals. You could adjust the number of images to be taken, the time gap between each image, the duration for the shutter to remain open and also the delay timer.
So you could take 99 images at 10 second intervals, keeping the shutter open for 5 seconds each time and a delay of 5 seconds before shutter release. Yeah, that’s about all that you really need to do right. And how about that wireless feature? Yeah, but all this comes at a cost of about 150 to 200 dollars. That was nowhere near my budget. So I headed over to ebay US and searched for remotes for the Alpha with all the above features but not cordless. I found the Yongnuo manufactured remotes which were shipped from Hong Kong. The price was a very comfortable 25 dollars plus shipping, a grand total of 37 dollars. Here it is now.
I bought this remote a few months ago and have been using it very regularly, whether just to take night shots or to take timed shots. One of the first things that I did was to set up the camera to capture the sunrise in a set of images. While the timer and camera worked brilliantly, the scene really wasn’t what I expected with very little to really see. However, it proved that the timer and remote were a really good buy. The next time I use the timer was on a really stormy night and I was able to get some really nice shots of lightning and also long exposure shots of planes taking off from the nearby airport. A few of those shots are below.
Another useful function of the timer is the shutter lock. You can set the shutter to BULB and then lock the shutter release for long periods of time. Possibly useful for astrological photography. I might never get to do that considering the amount of light pollution in the city. Anyway, this has been a good purchase for me. More samples as and when I take them.