Yesterday I built a simple one button remote
for my Olympus E510. Most cameras have a shutter release button (the one you push to take a picture) that has two modes. If the button is gently depressed, the camera will auto focus and meter the light without shooting; this is sometimes referred to as a half press.
If the button is depressed fully, the camera will typically auto focus, meter and shoot all in one step. This is usually reffered to as a full press'
Yesterday's instructable only supported full press
shooting. Version 2 supports both half press
and full press
shooting modes as well as a BULB switch for timed exposures.
This instructable will build on the previous remote
and add the functionality of auto focusing (half press
) and shooting from the remote.
I find this to be a great replacement for the $57 Olympus RM-UC1
. My total material cost for this project was about $9 (including the disgusting gum). This is a very fine deal.
This should work for the following cameras (thanks Lori!):
E-410, SP-510UZ, SP-550UZ, SP-560UZ, E-410 and E-510
For those unfamiliar with a Remote Cable Release, this device allows a photographer to shoot a picture without directly touching the camera. Using the remote ensures that the camera does not move during the exposure. This is especially useful for taking macro photographs, photographs with long exposure times or photographs in odd positions. Standard Disclaimer
Your camera is probably pretty nice. You probably spent a lot of cash on it. If you are afraid that you might hurt it and that hurting might make you sad, don't even think about trying this project. I'm not an electronics expert, but I'm fairly certain that none of what I'm about to tell you can possibly hurt you or your camera, but I could be terribly mistaken. This project should leave you with an excellent remote and a satisfying feeling. There is a small possibility however, that following my directions could lead the sun to burn out, your house to fall down or cause your medical insurance rates to go up. Use these instructions at your own risk. Your mileage may vary.