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Offline watebo

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Wired remote
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:04:07 PM »
 I want a wired remote for my a330. Sony esupport can't help. Any suggestions?

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 05:11:49 AM »
Try this or something like it
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Shoot-Wired-Shutter-Release-Remote-Control-RM-S1AM-for-Sony-Alpha-A77-A65-A700-/281685083066?hash=item4195bd43ba:g:xfEAAOSwBLlVSzg3

I bought one for my A700 which also works on the A99.
The new w-mounts use a different one.

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 02:26:20 PM »
Thanks John. I've checked into that item. My a330 has no place to plug it on.

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 11:39:33 PM »
Apologies, I thought the a mounts all had them. You have improved my education as I looked up the table http://alphatracks.com/sony-alpha-wired-remote-shutter-release .  I have two of those remote commander things around somewhere.I tried it once on my A700 and went back to the wired remote.
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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2017, 02:47:01 AM »
John. I searched under "Sony remote compatibility" and it seems there is no wired remote at least not made by Sony. I have the Sony remote commander, but the sensor is on the front of the camera. I want to set the camera on a tripod to take pictures of birds on feeders while sitting behind the camera at a distance. Thanks for your reply. Warren

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2017, 05:05:36 PM »
Hi Warren (watebo)

I was intrigued by your question and the answers for a 'wired' remote for your a330 - and that it doesn't accept a wired remote but only a wireless remote! I know what you mean about getting the Sony remote commander to operate when the IR is in the front of the body... having had an a700, a77, a77ii and a7rii - - - they are all the same on that score ;)

I did a Google search for "how to use sony alpha 330 remote control at a distance" and came up with a 4 minute video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jV9aYVn_FQ
SONY RMT-DSLR2 TUTORIAL | Infra Red Remote for Sony Cameras | RM-DSLR2 Replacement "from a distance of 15- 30 feet with a SONY RMT-DSLR2 remote replacement. ... Use this remote control ..." As it states, this is a replacement unit and not a Sony remote unit.

I haven't watched it but it may give you some information to help resolve what you are trying to do - with the mention of using it 'from a distance of 15 - 30 feet'.
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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2017, 08:37:25 PM »
Sorry. I should have been more explicit. I want to set up my camera on a tripod pointing at birds on my feeder and trigger the shutter from behind the camera. The Sony and similar remotes won't work because the remote sensor is on the front of the camera.

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2017, 09:36:33 PM »
Exactly the reason I ditched it Warren.  I have a 1 m and a 3m wired remote (the 3 m is a genuine Minolta one).  I guess Sony is an electronics company and assume everyone wants electronic wizardry.  Not a lot that you can do about it. 
Why they go one way on the A330 and the other on the A350 is a mystery to me.  Have a look at the table I linked in above before choosing your next camera.......john
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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2017, 09:44:48 AM »
Exactly the reason I ditched it Warren.  I have a 1 m and a 3m wired remote (the 3 m is a genuine Minolta one).  I guess Sony is an electronics company and assume everyone wants electronic wizardry.  Not a lot that you can do about it. 
Why they go one way on the A330 and the other on the A350 is a mystery to me.  Have a look at the table I linked in above before choosing your next camera.......john

The A330 was a later model than the A350 (the A200, A300 & A350 came out together as a set of entry level cameras, with the A350 the 'premium' model), then then brought out the A230, A330 & A380 to replace them and dropped the wired remote from them - just another bizarre Sony decision!
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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2017, 03:08:27 PM »
Sorry. I should have been more explicit. I want to set up my camera on a tripod pointing at birds on my feeder and trigger the shutter from behind the camera. The Sony and similar remotes won't work because the remote sensor is on the front of the camera.

You were explicit enough Warren with what you were looking for information on - it's just unfortunate that the a330 doesn't accept a 'wired' remote because there is nowhere to plug a wired one in it... but only works with the wireless remote. The link to the video on YouTube was 'on the off chance' that it would give you some idea if the remote the presenter was using would have helped you do what you wanted...

I've now watched it and I don't believe it would help you - even though it does show the camera shutter being operated from behind the camera instead of 'in line of sight'. His 'spiel' does say it will operate 15 to 30 feet away from the camera... hence why I wondered if it would help you achieve what you wanted to do - - - even if it meant placing the camera by the feeders etc., and 'in line of sight' OR 'at an angle' to allow you to operate it. You know the area you have to work with/in while we can only make some 'possible' suggestions to help you work round your situation.

If you are not able to change your set up for camera placement and 'your' position (in some hide maybe?) then the only option left to you is to change the camera to one that accepts a wired remote controller - as has been suggested by others. Whatever you decide to try and do I'm sure we all wish you well with overcoming the issue.

All the other Sony cameras I've had (and listed in my first response) have been and are a pain in the butt for operating with the wireless remote. They work the same as on your a330 - in front of the body. The only difference is that they all will take a wired controller as well as work with the wireless remote BUT the a7rii uses a different wired remote and not the old Minolta (which I have a ginormous long one of) as well as a couple of short ones. So I'll have to go get one for the a7rii. Yet another annoying thing about Sony.
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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 03:48:29 PM »
OK. I figured out how to do it! I mounted a reflector on a light stand and positioned it in front of the tripod mounted camera and slightly to the side. Works from 10 feet. Haven't tried it further away.

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 05:22:02 PM »
Please let us know if it works at a further distance. We would also love to see what photos you get.
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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2017, 07:55:14 PM »
Success at 36 feet. Failure at 40 feet. The secrets seem to be to aim the remote commander precisely and in my case anyway to set the lens for manual focus. Yesterday I had failure at all distances with my 100-300 zoom on auto focus.

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Re: Wired remote
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2017, 04:00:01 AM »
Looks ok for your situation.  Not so good for a bush situation where you want certainty....john
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