Canon Digital Rebel Wired Remote for Shutter and Focus




Introduction: Canon Digital Rebel Wired Remote for Shutter and Focus

Hey! This is another version of the Canon wired remote. I think it is more flexible than the other designs. This instructable is where I got my inspiration from.

This basically allows you to take pictures using this remote instead of pushing the button on the camera. The Canon-branded remote is around $25.

This remote uses common parts and requires little soldering. The best part is that the cable is easy to replace - just walk over to a dollar store and buy a longer cable! No soldering required for the extension!

The approximate cost for parts is less than $10!

Step 1: Gather the Materials

Here are the major parts needed:

1) SPST Mini Momentary Pushbutton Switch (4pack from Radioshack), $3.79
2) 3.5mm Phone jack, $1.69 from Fry's
3) 2.5mm to 3.5mm stereo adapter, $1.99, Fry's
4) 3.5mm to 3.5mm extension cable, $2.50, Fry's
5) Icebreakers PACS mint container, $1.50, Target
6) Fresh breath from 5), $0, provided

Minor parts
7) soldering iron, solder wick, etc
8) 26 gauge wire or any wire
9) scissors

Step 2: Preparing the Case

I don't have any good pictures of drilling the mint case, but it is fairly easy.

1) Open the lid of the box.
2) Use a box cutter or thin blade to cut a rectangular opening in the mint case. The case itself is very soft plastic/rubber, so it is not difficult to cut through.
3) Open your scissors all the way. Stick one of the scissor blades into the rectangular hole.
4) Turn the blade clockwise or counter clockwise to slowly carve the rectangular hole into a circular hole.

Make two of these holes the size of the pushbutton switches on one end and a hole the size of the 3.5mm jack on the other end.

As you're carving out the holes, keep trying to thread the switches/jack through the hole. Once you're done, try tightening them onto the case with the nuts. Check the photos for an example.

Step 3: Assemble

Solder everything together BEFORE putting them into the case.

Follow the diagram attached.

Basically, the color lines on the left side of the diagram would be wires. Solder them according to the diagram.

After you're done, put them in the case and tighten.

Step 4: Finishing Up

You're almost done!

Put the lid back on. Attach the 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter to the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable. Plug the 2.5mm end into the camera, and other end of the 3.5mm plug into the mint case.


The advantage to this design is that the 3.5mm to 3.5mm extension cord can be upgraded to lengths/quality to your liking.

How it works:

Hold down the black button. The camera will focus. While holding the black button down, press down on the red button. The camera will take a photo!

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    9 Discussions


    5 years ago on Step 3

    Thanks dude, I made one and works like a dream!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    the image for the adapter is for a mono adapter, a stereo would have 2 black bands (3 metal parts).

    Otherwise, good job man


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Does anyone know if all remote R.F. shutter releases for Canon Rebels are interchangable? I have a Canon T1i / 500d camera but the sites I have checked list them as compatible with the Xsi & X1i. Very few mention the T1i or the T2i. I think that it's always better to have more choice than less.


    10 years ago on Step 4

    Would anyone know if this would work with an S3IS, or would I have to go with the CHDK remote? It's so simple it's almost criminal, so my guess is that it won't.

    Greenish Apple
    Greenish Apple

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hi DaveyBaby,
    The S3IS can only use the CHDK remote. One button, one battery, one cable. There can only be One! (Sorry, lost myself.)



    10 years ago on Introduction

    Please correct me if I'm wrong but can you get a 3/32 phone jack and a 3/32 to 3/32 extension cable and eliminate the 2.5mm to 3.5mm phone stereo adapter.
    I'm thinking that 2.5mm = 3/32. I have a Fry's in Indiana but Radio shack is closer. This is a great instructable and the only reason I posted this is because Radioshack did not have the 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter and I think Radioshack has all parts but the adapter. Again please let me know if any of this is wrong.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great great work. Just one problem for me, I can't solder! Is there an alternative to soldering?


    11 years ago on Step 4

    thanks....this ones is lot easier than the one it's inspired from...I will make one now for my 450d....thanks a lot


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Great Instructable! Very well Documented! A few pics of it being made would be nice but most people (my self included) should be able to build this. Thanks! Joe