Promote Systems Promote Control, Remote Control for Digital SLR Cameras

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About Promote Systems

Designed for serious amateurs and pros, Promote® Control is an advanced remote control for digital SLR cameras from various manufacturers. It opens new doors for your creativity with its superior automation and intuitive ease of use.

It will have you taking High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs, time-lapse sequences and much more in a flash. With the Promote Control, you can gain unprecedented, advanced control over your SLR camera in ways that will save you time, especially when taking either traditional or HDR photos.

Capture the World in a Whole New Light:
Among a multitude of easy-to-use features, Promote Control offers unique flexibility for exposure bracketing, which is commonly used to create High Dynamic Range images.

High Dynamic Range, or HDR imaging quickly gains popularity these days, thanks to stunning detail and tone range rendition. Promote Control propels HDR imaging forward by offering unparalleled flexibility, allowing for bracketing step variability previously not possible with in-camera bracketing modes.

Promote Control can also automatically put the camera into Bulb mode as appropriate when performing bracketed exposures longer than 30 seconds, requiring no further user intervention. The resulting images can be processed in a software application of choice to create a highly realistic image with a wide tonal range.

One of the most useful features of the Promote Control is an advanced Time-Lapsemode normally found only in middle to high end professional SLR cameras. Users can now perform Time-Lapse photography with any camera supported by Promote Control, including affordable entry level digital SLR cameras. An optional startdelay can be specified to start a Time-Lapse sequence after a certain time period has elapsed.

Get Sharper Photographs:
In order to boost the quality of their photographs, users can easily setup their Promote Control unit to perform a fully automatic, user-defined delay for Mirror Lock-Up before every picture is taken. Locking the mirror before taking a picture gives a tripod-based camera the ultimate stability required to take a perfectly sharp photograph. The Promote Control brings this important feature to every photographer's workflow in a seamless, sensible way. *

(* Some features are subject to be supported by the camera, and may require an optional separate shutter cable. Shutter cable availability may vary by the camera brand and model.)

Because it's highly customizable, the Promote Control can be calibrated to match your personal preferences. Moreover, the Promote Control's firmware is upgradeable, so the device will stay up-to-date with the latest functionality and enhanced capabilities of future camera models.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (16),Lightweight (16),Reliable (12),Durable (9),Compact (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape photography (12),Travel (8),Macro photography (5),Everyday (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6),Professional (5),Semi-professional (5)

Promote Systems Features

  • Replaces and extends manufacturer-specific remote controls
  • Allows for unparalleled flexibility with automatic >30 second exposures in bulbmode - even in HDR sequences *
  • Advanced easy-to-configure "Time-Lapse Mode" with optional sequence start delay
  • Optional user-defined Mirror-Up timeout available in all modes *
  • Improved user interface featuring flexible user-definable settings
  • Optional multi-tone audible feedback
  • Large, easy to read liquid crystal display featuring RGB backlight of variable intensity
  • Weather-resistant design for water and dust resiliency
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries, the most easily obtainable power source
  • A passive camera pre-focus and release functionality remains functional as a backup even when the remote control is out of power *
  • External power jack for timing especially long exposures for astrophotography and other similar applications
  • Device firmware updates can be applied from a personal computer via USB interface.
  • * Some features are subject to be supported by the camera, and may require an optional separate shutter cable. Shutter cable availability may vary by the camera brand and model.
  • The Promote Control is compatible with digital cameras supporting an industry standard PTP/MTP protocol for controlling camera functions over USB interface.
  • A non-exhaustive list of supported cameras includes the following brands and models:
  • Nikon: D3, D3X, D2X, D2Xs, D2H, D2Hs, D200, D300, D700, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90.
  • Canon: 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark II, 30D, 40D, 50D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 1000D
  • The shutter cable is not required for general operation and is optional.

Promote Systems Specifications

Camera Control
Advanced USB camera control protocol
Operation Modes
One Shot, Time-Lapse, HDR, Manual Hold
Battery Life
20 to 40 hrs estimated
Monochrome, with variable intensity RGB backlight
Membrane, weather resistant
Cable Length
3.3 ft (1m)
4.9 x 2.6 x 1.1 in. (125 x 65 x 27 mm)
Approx. 5.5 oz. (156g)
Comaptibility - Canon DSLRs
1D Mark III
1Ds Mark III
1D Mark IV
1D X
5D Mark II
5D Mark III
Supported Modes for above Canon Models
Time Lapse
Bulb Ramping**
Focus Stacking
One Shot
Manual Hold
** Bulb Ramping mode requires additional Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR Assistant Kit.
Comaptibility - Nikon DSLRs

* Cameras marked with (*) require additional USB OTG adapter due to non-compatible USB ports.
Supported Modes for above Nikon Models
Time Lapse
Bulb Ramping**
One Shot
Manual Hold

** Bulb Ramping mode requires additional Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR Assistant Kit.
Comaptibility - Sony DSLRs
Sony Alpha series with PC Flash socket, or standard flash hot shoe

requires a SY3 cable to be connected.
Supported Modes for above Sony Models
Time Lapse
Bulb Ramping**
Bulb HDR**
Manual Hold

** Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR modes requires additional Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDRAssistant Kit.

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Aid for HDR

Taking HDR Photos with my Canon 5D Mk ll

Reviewed by 20 customers


Love it and hate the manual


from Washington State  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Allows your camera to do pretty much anything, timelapse, long exposure, bulb exposure, crazy high braketing HDR's, HDR-Timelapse combo. But the manual is difficult. Probably because it works across different cameras and does somany things. But you have to dig out critical points onhow to use this things fromthe manual. DEFINETLY practise with it before you use a certain function!!! I've lost a ton of photos because I thought I new how it worked. But if it works, it will let your camera domany, many cool things. Just wish the camera manufacturers built this stuff into the cameras!!!!!!!!!! JUST MAKE SURE YOUR CAMERA IS SUPPORTED and PRACTISE with it!


Perfect control!


from Norco, Ca  -  Professional

I mainly use the Promote Control for time lapse and it does the job perfectly and is fairly easy to program. Once the intervalls are programmed, you can walk away and shoot other subjects while your time lapse is completing. I have used it for HDR also which allows more control than came programmed in my Canon camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great for Interiors Photography


from California  -  Professional

I've had the Promote Controller since last year and have found it to be very helpful for creating bracketed photographs. My camera can only do 3 image brackets, so having the Promote Controller allows me to do as many as I want. For me it is typically 7 to 9 images. And I use it exclusively for photographing interior spaces. It is very easy to use and works great. The only negative I have is that it is a little expensive, but other than that, I have no hesitation in recommending it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent product & excellent company


from Shell Lake, WI  -  Semi-Professional

I've been using the Promote Control for almost 3 years now and it's still my favorite accessory. I do paid Real Estate photo shoots and I have to deal with poor lighting most of the time, so bracketing is very common. I shoot with a 5dII which has very limited bracketing features, but with this Promote control the sky's the limit. This device has saved me so much time it has been well worth it's cost. I had to contact the company two times and both times they where very responsive and helpful. One time I had a cord going bad and they sent me new one no questions asked, and the second time I accidentally ripped one of the rubber covers off the top and they sent me a replacement right away. I highly recommend this product if your camera doesn't have bracketing features that meet your needs.


Invaluable piece of kit


from Adelaide Australia  -  Professional

Does exactly what it is supposed to. I use it daily for my HDR work, it saves me about 10mins per job, so up to an hour per day, depending on how busy I am. Not many products can offer that. It could use a little bump or something on the start button so you could easily find it when you're in a position where you can't see it, but that is the only thing I would change. I am so impressed I have purchased a second one as backup, just incase I do something silly and damage it (like drop it in a pool, etc). I have found it invaluable, and a completly neccesary piece of kit.


Best for HDR


from Atlanta

Lets you make as many bracketed shots as you want


An essential tool for HDR photography


from Reno, NV  -  Semi-Professional

I've gotten several stunning HDR photos that simply wouldn't have been possible any other way.


Fun piece of kit


from Dallas, TX  -  Professional

Got this for a trip to California and had lots of chances to use it. The time lapse was a first for me so I did 5 or 6 and everyone I have showed them to enjoyed them. As a Canon shooter I liked how easy it was to set multiple brackets. I had to back order the shutter release so I have yet to do any star/long exposures.


Very useful for HDR & as intervalometer


from Covington, LA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

If you are at all interested in serious HDR photography with several other features incorporated into this unit, including intervalometer capabilities, than you will be quite pleased with this Promote Control. Have used it for over a year now and could not be happier with it. Simple to use and very reliable.


Goes beyond my expectations


from Montague, MA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I am very pleased with how the Promote Control performs. After some trial and error, and viewing the on-line videos (highly recommended) I was able to create several sharp images using the focus stacking control. I've not yet fully tested the HDR function but my sense is that it will also perform well. While the price is a little off putting the device lives up to my expect ions, and beyond.


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
EDWARD B  I wanted more control over the tone mapping of my HDR images.
Dan C  Your tech specs page for the Promote say a Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR Assistant kit is required for those modes with the Canon bodies but the Assistant kit is not listed on the Promote Accessories page. What good is the device if I cannot get all the accessories needed through you?
THOMAS G  I think this customer is making an unrealistic request. The Bulb HDR Assistance kit is available from Promote Systems for $29.95. It consists of a hot shoe PC adapter and a cable with PC connection on one end and a Promote Control device connector on the other end. There are many special low sales items offered by camera and camera equipment that are not stocked by camera stores. Do some home work and stop being childish.
Shopper  1) During HDR shooting is the frame rate limited by the camera or limited by the Promote? The reason for this question is that I frequently shoot HDRs handheld and rely on the fast shutter sequence of the DSLR to limit the movement between frames. 2) If one were to shoot the camera handheld is there a release button on the Promote that one could easily fire "blind" with the left hand while looking through the camera viewfinder. Thank you.
TODD K  1)The frame rate is limited by the Promote Control. You can buy a separate shutter release cable that connects to the promote, that will help increase the frame rate. But it is still not as fast as it would be it you shot it out of your camera. If you like to take handheld HDRs I wouldn't buy the promote. It is a good product but you it takes some time to set up for an HDR shot. With the promote you can't shoot in aperture priority, you have to shoot in manual mode and you have to program the shutter speed into the promote control. So it is a lot more cumbersome if you're used to firing off shots in aperture priority, like it sounds like you are. I find myself using the promote only when I have, if I can get away with only 3 shots from my D7000 that what I use. 2)There is a "start" button to start the HDR sequence. Problem is that you are going to need two hands to operate the promote. Because you must first have the camera in aperture priority to get the appropriate shutter speed reading from the camera, focus the camera, switch it to manual mode, program the shutter speed in the promote and the press start. If your camera is not set up on a tripod it will be extremely hard to do. Plus holding the camera straight for 3 shots is hard enough. Most people use the promote to take at least 5 shots. I don't think you could hold the camera that straight for 5 shots with one hand on your camera and other on the promote.
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