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Photo Accessories

TC-80N3 Cable Remote Control – cabled remote triggering of your EOS camera

The TC-80N3 is the most advanced remote control available for any EOS camera. For remote photography it acts not only as a remote trigger to help avoid camera shake, but it can also be used to time accurately exposures from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

Who is it for?

All photographers looking to eliminate camera shake from their images will benefit from a cabled remote control. But the TC-80N3 goes much further than this but adding a multitude of functions for many various types of photography.

Key features

  • 80cm cable
  • Long exposures
  • Self-timer
  • Interval timer

With much more than just timer functions the TC-80N3 can be used as an interval timer for time-lapse photography, a self-timer, and a counter to set the number of images captured (up to 99).

The real strength of the TC-80N3 unit is that these modes can be combined – for example, the interval timer with the self-timer and exposure counter for time-lapse photography of flowers opening.

This remote release is very versatile. It is often used by photographers shooting after dark, where long exposures are essential, as well as by those who employ macro and time-lapse photography. When you don’t use some of the extra timer features, it can also be used simply as a remote release to fire the camera without touching the shutter button.

  • Time Lapse

    By combining several functions of the TC-80N3 you can achieve quite advanced results. For example, combining the interval timer with a long exposure timer, self timer and exposure count, the camera can be set to take a pre-determined number of long exposure images, at preset time intervals al after having set a self-timer delay to ensure it starts at a set time.

    The table below shows the possible combinations of the TC-80N3's functions and their effects and uses.

Mode Long exposure Interval Self-timer Exposure count Function Example usage
1 Yes No No No Long exposures Astrophotography
2 No Yes No No Interval timer Time-lapse photography
3 No No Yes No Self-timer Determine the start time of the exposure
4 No No No Yes Select the number of images taken at 1-second intervals Sets the number of exposures for mode 1 and 2
5 Yes Yes No No A long exposure is taken at defined intervals Astrophotography
6 No Yes Yes No After the self-timer, a long exposure begins Time-lapse photography
7 Yes No Yes No After the self-timer, the long exposure begins Astrophotography
8 Yes Yes Yes No After a self-timer delay, long exposures are captured at set intervals Astrophotography
9 No Yes No Yes A set number of exposures taken at set intervals Time-lapse photography
10 No No Yes Yes After a self-timer delay, the set number of exposures are captured at 1-second intervals  
11 No Yes Yes Yes After the self-timer delay, the set number of exposures is taken at set intervals Time-lapse photography
12 Yes Yes No Yes Set number of exposures taken at set intervals  
13 Yes Yes Yes Yes After a self-timer delay, the set number of long-exposures is taken at the set intervals  
14 Yes No No Yes Incompatible - this combination cannot be used - mode 2 will be set automatically  
15 Yes No Yes Yes Incompatible - this combination cannot be used - Mode 7 will be set automatically  

TC-80N3 specifications

Connector: N3 type
Compatible cameras: All EOS-1 series SLRs, EOS 5D, EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 10D, EOS D60, EOS D30, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 40D, EOS 50D
Release function: Two-stage action to mimic shutter button
Release lock provided  
Display panel Icons for self-timer, interval timer, long exposure timer and exposure count setting. Time and exposure count and low battery warning
Backlight Lights for 6 seconds when LAMP button is pressed
Cable length: 80cm
Power source: One CR2032 (3V) button battery
Battery life: Approx 3 years
Dimensions: 40x20x143mm (WxDxH)
Weight: 85g