Vello Remote Shutter Release Review

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velloToday we are going to be doing a quick review on the Vello Freewave Micro Wireless Shutter release, on a Nikon D700. First and foremost, this is a no frills wireless remote, it has one purpose and one purpose only, remotely fire your shutter at distance. The unit tested is the FWM-N which is compatible with D810, D800 & D800E, D700, D300, D300s, D200, D100 (battery grip required), D4s, D4, D3, D3s, D3x, D2, D2x, D2Xs, D2Hs, D2H, D1H, D1, D1x.

Full Specifications can be found here.

The packaging is first rate and includes:

  • Transceiver
  • Receiver
  • Carry Case
  • Manual
  • 1 – AAA Battery
  • Lanyard
  • Freq. Tool

First and foremost what I liked about this remote is not only size but no external cabling, the receiver plugs directly into the cameras 10-pin terminal plug located on the front of the camera and neatly tucks, very obscure. The entire system itself is very compact and really simple to setup, no experience necessary and any user should be up in running within minutes, and bonus it actually comes with the single AAA battery the transceiver utilizes; the receiver itself is powered through the camera’s batteries. As with any 10-pin connector I find them somewhat difficult to secure on Nikons platform and this was no different. With patience the unit is quickly secured and once you have installed the suppled AAA battery in the transceiver you can begin to use. This product does work off of 2.4Ghz wireless technology and up to 328 ft, so some consideration is required for those who area do not allow this frequency band.

Some photographers, like myself, prefer not use the combined focus adjust / shutter release as found on most DSLRs by default but opt for assigning focus adjustment to a custom button, this is a caveat of using any wireless shutter remote system. I immediately noticed the shutter would not fire, simply throwing the camera in manual focus mode alleged the issue and shutters away. If you wanted the auto-focus to work remotely, simply reassigning the focus button back to default would be the fix.

After this was sorted I quickly was remotely firing off shots with ease, it really was a no brainer. As mentioned the system is dead simple to use and worked exactly as it is supposed to. I have yet to have the opportunity to actually verify long distance remote firing but thought out the house it never hiccuped. I recommend anyone seriously interested in a remote firing system and looking for something that is really inexpensive, this just might be what your after. The quality is fine, I don’t think I would leave the receiver attached all the time because there is a chance it could snapped off but use common sense for each situation.

This being my first hands on review and a quick one at that, I definitely would not hesitate to recommend this product if it meets your requirements, it’s inexpensive, very easy to use, visual LED indicators for activity and is a great looking product.

Comments are always welcome and encouraged, especially your experiences with the products. 🙂

Manufacturers Website – Vello
B&H Photo – Vello Freewave Micro Wireless Shutter Remote


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