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Most people would associate Remote Control directly with self portraits, unmanned surveillance, nature and wildlife photography. But the application can be even more extensive if use them creatively in your photography.

Remote control of camera operation during the early days of Canon FD system is only possible via the Motor Drive MA set or the Power Winder A2. With the rapid film advance devices, Time Lapse is also possible via the Canon Programmer A/B Unit. On the other hand, connection for wireless remote photography is via Wireless Controller LC-1, Remote Switch 3 or the Remote Switch 60. When Canon introduced the T-series cameras (consists of Canon T50 (1983), T70 (1984), T80 (1985), T90 (1983) and an odd T60 (1991)the conventional threaded cable release socket in the shutter release button was replaced with an electrical socket on the camera body which accepts a screw-in connector and enable the camera to handle remote photography without the need to purchase either the Motor Drive or the Power Winder. This same socket design has been carried through to the EOS cameras. But Canon designed the EOS with a little different configuration in each models and making life with remote a little confusing with the EOS). For an example, EOS 650, 620, 630 and EOS RT do not have the socket for electrical release and user must purchase an optional accessory called Grip 20 which has one of these sockets built into it. Many others do not have a remote release socket (like EOS 700, 750/850, EOS 1000, EOS 10QD and even the hugely popular EOS Elan (or called EOS 100) etc.). Note: - The EOS100 and EOS10QS have their own separate dedicated infrared release devices, Wireless Remote Controller RC-1 which requires no separate receiver because it is built into them.

Canon LC-1 Remote - Receiver

Canon LC-1 Remote Transmitter

Canon Wireless Remote LC-1 Set

Canon LC-1 Remote Set Front view

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Canon Remote Switch 60T3
So, for the EOS models that have the electrical releases built in, you can make use of Remote Switch 60T3, a 2 feet cord for remotely tripping the shutter release. Another useful accessory is a Remote Switch Adapter T3, a short cord which screws into the camera's remote release socket and has a female sub-mini phone jack fitting at the other end. It is called an "adapter" because it actually serves coupling to older Canon remote control accessories or even third party makes. For those who may has standard mechanical cable release, you can make use of Cable Release Adapter T3, a short cord that can screw into the remote release socket of the capable EOS model(s) to permit use of standard mechanical cable release. The longest cable remote connection is via the Extension Cord 1000 T3, a 10 meter (33 feet) cord.

Suggestive weblink:- External Review of Canon LC-2 by Julian Loke

Note the connector plug of the LC-2 is different from the LC-1 above.

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The redesigned Wireless Remote Controller LC-2 Set for the EOS camera models, which indirectly replaced the old LC-1 Set, consists of a transmitter/receiver unit. The medium is via infrared pulse to trigger the camera and operates up to distant of 5 meters.

The Canon EOS-1 remote function is also making use of the LC-2 Set. But along with the debut of the Canon EOS-1N in 1994, a new Remote set was introduced to replace the LC-2. It is called Canon Wireless Remote LC-3 Set. Technically, Canon EOS-1N/EOS-1NRS can also make use of older devices like the LC-2 and other combinations in cable connected accessories for remote handling.

Release 50 and Release 30 by Canon Extension Cord 1000T3 by Canon
For an example, T3 permits mechanical shutter release with Cable Release 50 or 30; Remote Switch 60T3 (a short 2 feet off camera connection), 33 feet Extension Cord 1000T3 (or multiples of it for greater working distance). However, the most sophisticated method is still with the Canon LC-3 Set. There are quite a number of third party users also provide substitute products for Canon 3-pin Remote Control operation.

As there is no certainty in reliability test with such products and I am quite raw with them (but you can easily find them at online places such as Ebay. The infrared Remote LC Set remains as the most sophisticated original from Canon, and performance wise, I would think the LC Set is a better bet. The various versions and compatibility of these remote accessories within the Canon EOS system is very confusing as many of them carry with different product designations (like the Canon digital G series also have their own remote control device like WL-DC100 etc.). I hope their names can be more simplified and easier to "guess".

Canon LC-4 new setup for Wireless Remote control photography
The Canon LC-3 has been replaced with a new Set called LC-4 now (with an enhanced connector on the receiver unit, working range 330 feet + others) and some newer accessories (like the RS-80N3), have been introduced so as to supplement the newer EOS models to facilitate greater working capabilities.

Canon Wireless Remote Control LC-3 Set with Instruction and Setup Guide

Suggestion:- Some of the good web resources (External Links) on Canon Remote Control Accessories: -RS-60E3 Remote Switch, TC-80N3 Remote Timer Controller; RC-1 Infrared Wireless Remote Control by Julian Loke

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