Friday, February 11, 2011

Pearstone RC-N1 ShutterBoss

When I first received my Nikon D300s, I have to admit I was a little disappointed to find out that my Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote wasn't compatible.  I love that little IR remote because, even though it only has one option - release the shutter,  it's small enough to store in one of the pockets on my Black Rapid RS-5 camera strap so I always have it with me.  As I shoot a lot of long exposure, tripod mounted images, it was time to go shopping for a compatible remote shutter release.

When I started looking at the Nikon brand units compatible with the D300s, I went into sticker shock. The Nikon ML-3 wireless remote, while it looks nice, goes for almost $200!  Add a wire for similar features with the Nikon MC-36 and now the price drops all the way down to around $130!  Yes, I use the remote a lot and don't mind paying a little extra for something that I know will last, but I wasn't convinced enough just yet.

Instead, I headed over to B&H online and started looking for an alternative.  I settled on the Pearstone RC-N1 ShutterBoss.  It's a wired remote, but it has some of those advanced features like setting the exposure from the remote, timed delays and interval shooting for time lapsed photography.  I'm looking forward to having some new options in the toolbox and best of all, it only cost $50.

I'll be sure to post my impressions once I've had more time to put it through it's paces.


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