Promote Systems

Promote Systems Promote Control, Remote Control for Digital SLR Cameras

SKU: CZDRPCTRL1 MFR: PCTRL1
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Designed for serious amateurs and pros, PromoteĀ® 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.

What's Included With This Item

  • Promote Control Unit
  • Carrying Case
  • Users Manual
  • Neck Strap
  • Black USB Cable (to connect promote control to your camera)
  • White USB Cable (for updating Promote Control firmware from a personal computer)
  • Two AA Batteries
  • Promote Systems Warranty: Guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year)

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (16) , Easy to use (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) , Photo enthusiast (2) , Semi-pro photographer (1)

Key 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.

Technical Specs

Camera Control Advanced USB camera control protocol
Operation Modes One Shot, Time-Lapse, HDR, Manual Hold
Battery Life 20 to 40 hrs estimated
Display Monochrome, with variable intensity RGB backlight
Keypad Membrane, weather resistant
Cable Length 3.3 ft (1m)
Domensions 4.9 x 2.6 x 1.1 in. (125 x 65 x 27 mm)
Weight 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
7D
6D
30D
40D
50D
400D/XTi
450D/XSi
500D/T1i
550D/T2i
600D/T3i
650D/T2i
1000D/XS
1100D/T3
60D
Supported Modes for above Canon Models HDR
Time Lapse
Bulb Ramping**
Focus Stacking
One Shot
Manual Hold
** Bulb Ramping mode requires additional Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR Assistant Kit.
Comaptibility - Canon DSLRs 300D
350D
10D
20D
5D (Mk I)
1D/1Ds (Mk I)
1D/1Ds Mk II
requires a CN3 cable to be connected.
Supported Modes for above Canon Models Time Lapse
Bulb Ramping**
Bulb HDR**
Focus Stacking
One Shot
Manual Hold
** requires additional Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR Assistant Kit.
Comaptibility - Nikon DSLRs D4
D3
D3s
D3X
D2X
D2Xs
D2H
D2Hs
D200
D300
D300s
D700
D800/D800e*
D90
D600
D3100
D3200*
D5000*
D5100*
D5200*
D7000

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

** Bulb Ramping mode requires additional Bulb Ramping and Bulb HDR Assistant Kit.
Comaptibility - Nikon DSLRs D40
D40x
D50
D60
D70
D70s
D80
Supported Modes for above Nikon Models HDR
Time Lapse
One Shot
No Shutter Cable Support
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.
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