I'm about to buy a wireless remote shutter release. However, all shutter releases that I saw so far are attached to the flash shoe and cover the build-in flash. Are there wireless remote shutter releases out there that allow me to use an external or build-in flash?

Thanks, Ralf

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for asking, I was wondering the same exact thing! \$\endgroup\$
    – user13361
    Nov 2, 2012 at 23:14

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they're designed to fit on the hotshoe because that's a handy place. It's pretty much the only place to mount stuff on cameras. You don't HAVE to mount it there. Velcro, rubber band, straps, use whatever to mount it where ever. Depends on how you're mounting your camera.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ahhh, I though they put it on the hot-shoe because of power-supply reason. So I guess the sender has a battery. Thanks for that! \$\endgroup\$
    – user3991
    Feb 20, 2011 at 23:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just for the sake of completeness -- this is the perfect application for one of those rinky-dink little "flash brackets" (you know the ones) that are so cheap, flimsy and small that they're completely useless for an actual flash. I used to use one for the auto thyristor sensor for a slaved flash when using on-camera flash for fill. \$\endgroup\$
    – user2719
    Feb 21, 2011 at 0:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Stan Rogers hits nail on head - if your local camera stor has used equipment for sale you can often pick up an appropriate "flash bracket" used for about $10 \$\endgroup\$
    – kloucks
    Feb 21, 2011 at 17:39

Many cameras have an optical wireless remote release sensor. An optical remote is just a couple of $$'s (like this example) and requires no special receiver to be attached to the camera. Of course, you generally need line of sight to the camera, or at least a good reflection from nearby walls or ceiling.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Out of 311 current cameras, only 24 feature a wireless (infrared actually) remote sensor, so I would say it is far from most. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Feb 21, 2011 at 2:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Itai - This is certainly surprising. Do you include all P&S in this count? If so, then definitely I am biased towards the bigger cameras. The OP talks about a camera with a hot-shoe that has a socket for a cable release. I assumed this is a SLR or a bridge compact. Do you suggest that out of these only the minority can be triggered optically? What camera has a cable release but no IR sensor? \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    Feb 21, 2011 at 7:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @yasp - Excuse my lack of imagination ;) you said most cameras so simply wanted to dispel that. There are 70 current cameras with hot-shoe (neocamera.com/search_camera.php?hotshoe=1) and only 18 have wireless remote sensors (see bottom of Refine Result box on page linked above). 40 of them support a wired remote, keep in mind that some models support both, so the number of cameras with neither is greater than 12. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Feb 21, 2011 at 13:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Itai - I stand corrected, and definitely surprised. I'll fix my post to reflect that, replacing "most" with "many". \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    Feb 21, 2011 at 16:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that search is incomplete. The Nikon D7000 has wireless infrared support, for example. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Feb 21, 2011 at 17:01

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