ORIGINAL Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote for canon DSLR Camera
- For Compatible Canon EOS Cameras
Trigger Shutter and Video Wirelessly
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Wireless Remote Controller RC-6
Using the Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control for long exposure photography
The Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control is an inexpensive wireless transmitter for Canon EOS DSLR cameras and a really handy accessory for pairing with my Canon EOS bodies. This tiny remote release assists me mostly with long exposure landscape / seascape photography (on tripod) when using Av / Bulb mode for shutter releases of up to 30 to 40 seconds. Its also effective in some of my close-up / macro photography, eliminating possible manual shutter release movement (with camera on tripod). Effective remote range is +- 5 meters.
The Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control is a simple, compact, infrared remote control that makes it possible to fire a camera wirelessly from as far as 16′ (4.8m). The Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote will operate in either 2-second delay mode or will instantly take a shot. The RC-6 is only 2.5″ (63.5mm) tall and can fit easily into your pocket or on a keychain.
Reasons for using the Canon RC-6 Remote Control
- Eliminates movement when pressing the shutter button (i.e. Bulb mode / long exposures)
- Landscape photography
- Self-portraits / photographer in group photos
- Recording movies: start and stop video recordings
The RC-6 is a wireless transmitter (infrared rather than radio waves). To work, it needs a receiver. Unlike wireless controllers, the receiver for the RC-6 is already built into a range of EOS models (see right). One reason the RC-6 is relatively inexpensive is that you are only buying half the system. You have already paid for the other half – if you have a compatible camera.
It is not possible to buy a separate receiver for the RC-6. If you do not have the right camera you will have to look at alternative methods for remote firing.
The RC-6 has a small hole in the bottom left corner for attaching a lanyard (not supplied).
You can use the RC-6 to start and stop
movie recording on the more recent EOS models. As with all uses of the RC-6, make sure that the drive mode is set to one of the remote shooting options.
Set the switch on the RC-6 to ‘2’. When you press the RC-6 button the recording will start immediately. Pressing the button again will stop the recording. If the switch is set to ‘•’, pressing the RC-6 button will take a still photo.
This is a great little feature which we hope will be included in new EOS models.
If you shoot in bulb mode, pressing the camera shutter button opens the shutter. It stays open for as long as you hold the button down – not very convenient for exposure times of more than a few seconds.
A remote switch is better. You can press and lock the remote button so that you can move away from the camera while the exposure is in progress.
But best of all is the RC-6. Press the button on the remote control unit to open the shutter, press it again to close the shutter. If you have the remote control set to 2-second delay, there will be a 2-second delay before the shutter first opens. During the exposure a timer displays the time elapsed on the LCD screen. If you have a camera compatible with the RC-6, using this technique is much easier than attaching a cable to the remote socket.
Using the RC-6
The RC-6 is a very simple device, controlled by just a button and a switch. Make sure the drive mode is set to remote control. Aim the small black arrow in the silver circle at the camera and press the button to fire the shutter. A switch on the back gives the option of immediate firing (‘•’), or firing with a 2-second delay.
Line of sight
Infrared devices normally need to see each other – often known as ‘line-of-sight’. Based on this, it would seem that you can only use the RC-6 from in front of the camera, and you will find this quoted in some reviews. But it’s not strictly true. If you hold the RC-6 a few inches above the shutter release, aiming down, the shutter will fire when you press the remote button – useful as an alternative to a remote switch. It will even operate from behind the camera if the infrared beam is reflected back from a nearby surface.
When aimed from the front of the camera the range is given as 5 metres, though this will vary with the surroundings.
Infrared devices can be affected by fluorescent lighting, but we have not experienced any problems.
Above Elapsed time display during bulb exposure (shown on the top LCD of some models).
An obvious use for the RC-6 is for shooting self-portraits. Set One-shot mode. When you press to RC-6 button the camera will autofocus and then fire. However, if you do not want to include the RC-6 in the image, set the RC-6 switch to 2-second delay. Now when you fire the RC-6 at the camera you will have a couple of seconds to move the device out of the field-of-view before the picture is taken.
Long Exposure Images in Av / Bulb mode
See below images (for remote release in Av Mode or Manual / Bulb mode – 10 to 30 seconds shutter release). All images with Canon EOS 700D / EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens in Manual Bulb / Av Mode.The RC-6 Remote Control also works very well shooting fireworks.
Canon Full Frame / APS-C Camera Body Compatibility
EOS-1D X Mark II / EOS-1D X / EOS 5Ds / EOS 5Ds R / EOS 5D Mark II / EOS 6D / EOS 5D Mark III / EOS 7D Mark II / EOS 80D / EOS 7D / EOS 60D / EOS 70D / EOS Digital Rebel / 300D / EOS Rebel XT / 350D / EOS Rebel XSi / 450D / EOS Rebel XTi / 400D / EOS Rebel T1i / 500D / EOS Rebel T2i / 550D / EOS Rebel T3i / 600D / EOS Rebel T4i / 650D / EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / EOS 1300D / Rebel T6 / EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / EOS M / EOS M3 / EOS 760 / T6s / EOS 750 / T6i
Release Type Wireless: IR (Infrared)
Camera Connection Canon IR
Interval Timer/Programmable No
Live View No
Mobile Device/App-enabled No
Transmitter Power Source Battery
Transmitter Battery Requirements 1 x CR2032
Transmitter Dimensions 0.2 x 1.2 x 2.5" / 6.5 x 32.0 x 63.5 mm