This is the 4th and last in a series of quick reviews of remotes, the Vello ShutterBoss Wireless Remote, which has been kindly supplied by B&H Photo – where we buy most of our photo equipment.
1) Features and Specifications
The Vello Wireless ShutterBoss can be used as a remote release, a delayed shutter release, programmed as an intervalometer or to activate the bulb function on certain Nikon cameras. For those who may not be familiar with an intervalometer, it can be programmed to take a series of photos, with a preset length of exposure as well as time between exposures.
- Frequency: 99 selectable channels over 2.4 GHz
- Range: 250 feet (80 meters)
- Timer Control: Delay, 0s to 99hr 59min 59s in one-second increments
- Exposure Range: 0s to 99hr 59min 59s in one-second increments
- Interval: 0s to 99hr 59min 59s in one-second increments
- Number of Shots: 1-99
- Operating Temperature: -4º to +122º F (-20º to 50º C)
- Dimensions (Trans.): Approx. 149 x 50 x 24mm (5.9x2x1 in)
- Dimensions (Receiver): Approx. 63 x 38 x 31mm (2.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 in)
I found the ShutterBoss to be easily programmable. It has all the features that the Nikon MC-36 has, except that the remote from Vello does it wirelessly. The range is more than adequate and it worked from anywhere in my home just like the previously reviewed Vello FreeWave Wireless remote. It can be set to 99 different channels on the 2.4 GHz frequency to avoid interference or to control multiple cameras at the same time with one remote. The channels are easily selected on the transmitter and receiver electronically, not with pins/dip switches. This wireless capability allows the photographer to set up a scene and take photos without disturbing the subject, making it useful for wildlife or time lapse photography.
The contours of the transmitter are rounded and comfortable in the hand but it is the largest of the transmitters and will take up more room in your bag than the others. One negative is that although the receiver has an on/off switch, the transmitter does not and so it goes into a standby mode and will wake upon any button being depressed. According to the manufacturer, the batteries should last 3-4 years in standby mode. I cannot verify how long the batteries actually last in real world usage, however, if the batteries should die in the field, the transmitter will plug into the cable and work like a wired remote. The transmitter is powered by 2 AAA batteries and the receiver is powered by one CR2 3 volt battery.
3) Build Quality
Build quality is on par with the other remotes previously reviewed in this series. The only thing I would mention is the facing on the transmitter and receiver seemed to be a cheap laminate, the kind that looks like it might peel off with time and usage.
4) Packaging and Manual
The Vello Wireless ShutterBoss remote comes with no carrying or storage case, just a simple basic manual describing care and programming. There is no downloadable manual from the manufacturer’s website, vellogear.com. In this day and age, there should always be a downloadable PDF of user’s manuals available.
If you need the features of the Wireless ShutterBoss but don’t feel you need the wireless capability, then you could consider the regular (non-wireless) Vello ShutterBoss for less money.
The Vello Wireless ShutterBoss combines the best of both remotes when compared to the Nikon MC-36 and the Vello FreeWave. You get the control of the Nikon MC-36 and the wireless capability of the Vello FreeWave in an affordable price.