Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release, with cable
Vello FreeWave Plus
Over Christmas 2014, I lost my
Canon RC-1 remote control.
I’ve had it nearly nine years, and it worked with all three of my Canon DSLRs — from
my old and tattered 350D, through my 400D, to my 60D. So I needed a replacement remote control,
and chose the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release, after being impressed with
Vello’s battery grip.
The Vello FreeWave Plus has three components: (1) the transmitter, (2) the receiver, and (3) the
cable. Because brands and models of DSLRs vary, you need to specify when ordering which cables
you will need. Mine came with two cables, which will supposedly fit just about every Canon DSLR
ever made. One cable I will likely never use, because it’s made for higher-level cameras
that I can’t afford. The other works with my 60D and still-surviving 350D. It’s about
half the size of the 1/8” (3.5mm) cables I use with my flash triggers.
Mode switch on transmitter
The transmitter is 9.5 cm (3.75”) long, 3.2 cm (1.25”) wide, and 1.4 cm
(0.55” deep). It has one button and one switch. The button is sensitive to a half-press for
pre-focusing, or full press for releasing the shutter. The switch allows me to change between
single-shot mode, burst mode, bulb mode, or time-delay. The mode switch feels flimsy, and
I predict it will be the first thing to go.
The transmitter, with switch and button
Locking knob and thread on receiver
The receiver is 7 cm (2.75”) long, 4 cm (1.57”) wide, and 3 cm (1.18”)
deep. It serves a dual purpose. First, it can be used as a wired shutter release — without
the transmitter and even without batteries, which I didn’t believe until I tried it.
This could come in handy for macro photos or long exposures, when I don’t want to use up
the batteries too quickly (or don’t have any handy).
Second, it functions as the receiver for the transmitter. For that, it has to be powered up.
Either way, the receiver has to be wired to the camera with the supplied cable.
It comes with a cold foot (please don’t call it a “hot foot” or “hot
shoe”) and a locking knob, with a standard 1/4”-20 female thread inside the cold
shoe. The makers suggest mounting it in the camera’s hot shoe, but I generally have that spot
filled with a flash trigger, so the receiver will likely dangle next to the camera, or ride in a
separate cold shoe that I mount somewhere. It has one button to turn on/off power, and another
for shutter release activity.
Receiver / shutter release (top)
Both the transmitter and receiver use AAA batteries, which are common, inexpensive, and available
in rechargeable versions. And the package included four off-brand AAA batteries to get me
The plastic casing of both units feels solid; there are no rattling parts inside. The only thing
that feels like it won’t work forever is the mode switch on the transmitter. In my initial
tests, this remote shutter release has worked exactly as advertised.
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