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RBland
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« on: April 23, 2012, 01:42:13 PM »
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I have just learned that there is no cable release on the NEX-7. A tripod is a must for me in many shooting situations.
My questions is, is there really no way to use a wired remote with the NEX-7? According to some other forums, an IR remote release will work but with limited functions.
Any thoughts out there?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 07:35:34 AM »
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There are a few options I have found.  One is the Sony Remote Commander, this will allow you to release the shutter remotely but that is about it.  Works
well. 

There are several other non-Sony timers out on the web.  They all seem to interface through the IR port.  I have the one from Tempus which is an interval timer.
I have not used it in the field, but worked with it a bit when I first got it and it does work.  Only issue is that you have to figure out a way to attach it to the
camera. 

As for a true wired remote, Sony does not have one, that I can find. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 07:41:17 AM »
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It seems that the only possibility is the IR port. Vp-systems.eu from Finland offers the following components:

The CAMremote can control following features on NEX-5/7 using infrared port:
- Shutter release
- Shutter release in bulb mode
- Movie recording start/stop

Following items can do the job:
http://vp-systems.eu/order_cr.html#SET-CR2-PRO
http://vp-systems.eu/order_cr.html#CABLE-IR
http://vp-systems.eu/order_cr.html#RC-RXTX8 (optional if you don't have radio control and need it. Also 4-button and 12-button transmitters are available)
http://vp-systems.eu/order_cr.html#CABLE-9V (optional if you don't use hobby RC radio which could provide power to CAMremote)
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 11:31:04 AM »
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Is it just me or does this seem like a serious error on Sony's part? I could see just offering a wireless cable release, but to not even offer a model specific wireless release is just, just, well, beyond bad. And I must have missed it if it was brought up in Reichmann's otherwise excellent review. I was just about to order a Nex-7 but I will have to re-evaluate against the Panasonic and Olympus again.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 04:32:13 PM »
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It's an over site if you are planing to use the camera in the remote environment.  I was surprised when I found out that
Sony did not have any type of interval timer for the Nex7 or as far as I could tell, even the A77.  I think they had one
with the A900 and A850, but both of those are long gone for now. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 01:36:41 AM »
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The Olympus Evolt-E510 uses the miniUSB to attach a remote cable.
In the manual of the Nex-7 the miniUSB port is described only for file transfer between the camera and the computer.

Also the Phottix Strato for Sony can't be used on the Nex-7 because of the missing remote port.
http://www.phottix.com/en/studio-accessories/phottix-strato-receiver-only-for-sony.html

Here is a DIY solution TimeLapse/Timer for NEX5/NEX7 (in german) for the Nex using the IR port:
http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/sony/35299-timelapse-timer-nex5-nex7.html

It seems that we have to switch to the bigger (but cheaper) Nikon D3200.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2012, 06:01:05 PM »
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If you own an iPhone, it's easy.  Just buy a cheap IR trigger on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-Remote-for-Iphone-Ipod-IR-HTC-Nokia-Samsung-Android-DSLR-NEX-/160774374986?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item256ee6464a#ht_572wt_1378

and then download the "Nexremote" app.  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nexremote/id420116603?mt=8

You get not only an intervalometer, but also Twitter integration.  Grin

There is also this iPhone app, which I haven't tried, but also apparently works with NEX:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dslr.bot/id385242427?mt=8

If you don't have an iPhone, you've got this more expensive Tempus option, as mentioned above:   http://www.ebay.com/itm/SONY-NEX-7-wireless-intervalometer-for-time-lapse-photography-/221008714846?pt=Camera_Camcorder_Remotes&hash=item3375255c5e#ht_1639wt_1156
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2012, 10:06:31 PM »
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Thanks for the replys, but a simple cable release would have been a no-brainer. Do photographers get any imput in the design at Sony? And all these glowing reviews of this camera and no one points out this ommision. In most cases I like to take several bracketed expoures to create my finial prints, (not HDR, but using layers) and I need to take them as close together as fast as possible. I wish there was an "head banging the wall" emoticon to use. I am stuned that this was not addressed in the lengthy, glowing review of this camera posted on this very web site. Sorry to vent but "come on man"!  Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 02:05:36 AM »
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Sony is aware about this problem, here is the answer from  info-cic<at>sony.co.jp from 5 apr:

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Thank you for your E-mail message regarding NEX-7.  Firstly, we sincerely
appreciate your patronage of Sony products for years.

Unfortunately we don't have a plan to update NEX-7 for now.

Your E-mail message will be forwarded to our relevant department for
looking into possibility of actualization, even though we cannot
necessarily fulfill your wishes.


Thank you for your understanding. Your continual attention to Sony
products would be highly appreciated.


Best regards,
Sony Technical Information Center
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 10:05:44 PM »
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"Firstly" that is funny, just what I needed after an eleven hour work day.
Guess it is on to Nikon for me. Goodby Sony and Canon!
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2012, 08:44:34 AM »
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Thanks for the replys, but a simple cable release would have been a no-brainer. Do photographers get any imput in the design at Sony? And all these glowing reviews of this camera and no one points out this ommision. In most cases I like to take several bracketed expoures to create my finial prints, (not HDR, but using layers) and I need to take them as close together as fast as possible. I wish there was an "head banging the wall" emoticon to use. I am stuned that this was not addressed in the lengthy, glowing review of this camera posted on this very web site. Sorry to vent but "come on man"!  Shocked

I might be missing something here, but if all you want is a cable release, using the timer will suffice as an alternative.
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2012, 08:56:52 AM »
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I might be missing something here, but if all you want is a cable release, using the timer will suffice as an alternative.

Or the wireless remote I would think.
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