When I bought my D600 I got in on the last day of some really good price cuts from Nikon. I bought it thru B&H and a bunch of extra stuff was included which was one of the reasons I bought this particular kit. Included in the kit was a battery grip and a wireless shutter release. These were not Nikon branded so I wasn’t real sure how well they would work. While it’s nice to have the Nikon brand on all your stuff, occasionally, money gets in the way. Anyway, I’ve played around with the remote shutter release and since I couldn’t find a review of it anywhere else thought this might be a good place to put one.
FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon
The FreeWave Plust Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon (can we just call it the FreeWave for this review) is produced by a company called Vello. It can be used on most Nikon DSLR’s that have one of the two types of accessory connectors that most of the Nikon DSLR’s have. My D200 has the 10 pin connector on the front of the camera while the D600 has a 4 pin accessory connector on the side of the camera marked as GPS.
In The Box
The FreeWave comes with a receiver, transmitter, cables for both the 10 pin and 4 bin connections, 4 AAA batteries and an instruction manual. The items come in a box with a clear plastic tray that is not heat sealed so you don’t have to have major scissors to remove the items. In fact the plastic case is works well as a place to store the units between use. The case slips back into the box without major incidents.
The receiver comes with a hot shoe attachment so that you can slide the receiver on to the camera where it is not subject to bouncing etc. You will only be able to attach it to the hot shoe if you are not planning on using a flash or flash remote. There is no electrical reason for attaching it but it will keep the unit secure while you are using it.
Using the FreeWave
The FreeWave can be set to any one of 16 frequencies but the transmitter and the receiver have to be set to the same frequency (obviously) thru small switched in both units. I can imagine all sorts of comedy if more than one photographer is using their FreeWave in the same general area at the same time. Remember how to set them for future reference.
To use the units insert the AAA batteries into the transmitter and receiver and connect the receiver to the camera with the proper cable.
Turn on the receiver by pressing the power button for 2 seconds. Now if all goes well, and why shouldn’t it, pressing the shutter button on the transmitter will fire the camera. The transmitter can be pressed half way to focus the lens just as if you were pressing the shutter button on the camera. Press half way to focus and then all the way to fire.
Tricks The FreeWave Can Do.
A slide switch can be set on the transmitter can be set for single shot, continuous shooting, bulb shooting, and self timer. This slide switch does not change how the camera shoots so if you are going to shoot single shot you need to set you camera to single shot and the transmitter to single shot. Using the bulb mode and setting the shutter speed to bulb with allow you to press once to open the shutter then again after an amount of time to close the shutter. There is also a continuous mode where you set the camera to single mode and it takes a picture every second until you turn it off. In the self timer mode the transmitter delays the shutter for 4 seconds. This gives you time to put your hand down so you are not taking a self picture of your hand holding the transmitter.
The receiver can be also used as a shutter release. Just plug it in and press it’s shutter button trigger the shutter. In this mode you don’t even have to install the batteries.
The FreeWave is a pretty solid piece of kit with an instruction manual that is straight forward and easy to read (the print is a little small but I think that is my problem). It works as required and I’m looking forward to using it next time I’m out shooting fireworks from the backyard because I can stay in the screened lanai while triggering the camera that is out among the mosquitoes. You can get it here.