I wanted to make a wired remote for my Canon EOS 400D, and the Canon-Wired-Remote wasn't exactly what I had in mind:
- It had 2 buttons (one for focus, one for taking the shot) and not the 2 step (half press) buttons on digital cameras.
- It was just too bulky (sorry videokid842).
I proudly present the marker-pen wired remote for Canon cameras.
The top button is a two step button (pressing it focuses the lens, and pressing harder takes the picture).
The side switch is for bulb mode, keeping the shutter open for as long as it takes (to create those long to make light drawings).
Step 1: Ingredients
- Marker pen (the case for the remote) - should be yellow and shiny :-)
- Empty pen (actually you only need the spring, which you can find in any press-to-open ball point pen).
- Board for doing some soldering.
- Two small (as small as you can find) click buttons.
- Small switch (for bulb mode).
- 3/32" stereo jack (connects to camera).
- Stereo audio cable (in my case, I couldn't find any simple stereo cable, so I dug up this USB cable - see pic).
- Two small metal strips (should be at least about 2-2.5cm long).
In addition you'll need:
- Some tools (screw driver, pliers for bending the strips, sharp cutting knife/xacto knife, etc.)
- Soldering iron and solder.
- Hot glue gun.
- Crazy hot-glue skillz (which I lack -- see further steps, not the cleanest job I've done).
- Patience (ohhh, you'll need it...)