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DIY Remote Shutter Release Cable / Trigger for Cannon Cameras

A wired remote shutter release cable can be very useful when taking photos with the camera mounted on a tripod, particularly with longer exposures, as it minimizes camera shake. This is more so in case of macro photography. Let us build a remote shutter release cable / trigger for canon cameras from materials easily available in your household.

What you will need for this project

  • A 2.5mm stereo plug
  • Some wire (depending upon the length you wish your cable to have)
  • Two Switches
  • A case to hold the setup

Tools you will need for the job

  • A Drill
  • Soldering Iron and some lead
how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

I decided to make use of this stereo chord because it comes along with many electronic appliances and I have a couple more with me.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Since the stereo chord is standard size chord we will use a step down adapter that will convert it into a 2.5mm stereo plug.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Cut the stereo pin from one end of the wire. As indicated black wire is the ground / sleeve. Red wire triggers the shutter (full press) and Blue wire triggers auto focus (half press). If you are using a stereo pin instead solder ground to ground, one wire to the ring that is the central part of the plug that will act as auto focus trigger and another to the tip which will act as shutter.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Now we need a case to hold the switches. I found this case of a Mini DV you may use any material you like, but remember that the size should be easy to hold in your hand and operate the switches.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Drill two holes on the front panel to hold the switches.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Drill a hole as shown in the back panel and insert the wire through it.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Now solder the inner two legs together and attach ground to it. solder red and blue wires as shown to the two switches.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Once we finish soldering we could now fix the switches on to the panel.Tighten the nuts and close the box.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Our diy remote shutter release cable is now ready for testing.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

The setup attached to the camera, it works like a charm. and only cost me Rs 20/- or Half a dollar. Rs 5 each for the two switches and Rs 10 for the step down adapter. It will be cheaper if you could just buy a 2.5mm stereo jack and solder it. But i needed the adapter anyway for some other projects too.

how to make a diy remote shutter release cable / trigger for your cannon camera

Applying a coat of paint or doing some sticker work to it will make it look cool. Will update pictures later if i find time to do it.

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