Phottix Cleon I/II Wireless Camera Triggers
I am a big fan of using a cable release on a camera to make sure you arenâ€™t introducing any camera shake into the image. Phottix has recently released their Cleon Wireless Remotes and being a user of the previous model for almost two years now, I was really looking forward to seeing what they did with the new designs.
With modern DSLRâ€™s, these cable releases have become electronic triggers with the remotes being able to perform all kinds of additional functions. More often than not, all I need is just a simple push-button remote to fire my camera and so I have used a Phottix Wireless Remote for almost two years now. In fact, the only reason it wasnâ€™t featured in recent photo shoot tutorials is because the battery in the transmitter is dead and I have been too lazy to go buy a replacement.
Fortunately, Phottix has come to the rescue and come out with an all-new wireless remote, saving me the hassle of buying a simple battery.The Cleon I and Cleon II are newer wireless remotes to replace the original one. We need to see if the new systems are better than the original.
The Cleon I and II are very similar with the primary differences (more on this later) being that the Cleon II has a 2 second delay timer built in and the Cleon II uses the same receiver for each camera with interchangeable cables for the specific camera you are using. The Cleon I had the camera cable hardwired to the receiver.
|Battery Life||~ 3 Years||20,000 cycles|
|Channels||Smart Code System with 16,000,000 codes|
|Range||100m (320ft) unobstructed|
|Monitor Lights||Two Color LED||Two Color LEDs|
Differences between Cleon I and II
As I said there are some other differences between the Cleon I and Cleon II, the following chart will outline all of the differences between the two models.
|Cleon I||Cleon II|
|Channels||16 (Dip Switches)||16,000,000 Smart Code System|
|Receiver / Camera Connection||Hard wired cable||Removable cable w/2.5mm plug|
|Transmitter Antenna Length||75mm||125mm|
|2 Second Delay||On Receiver||On Transmitter|
|5 Frame Burst||Not Available||On Transmitter|
|Receiver Power Switch||4-position slide switch||Push switch for 3 seconds|
|Exit bulb mode||1/2 Press on transmitter||1/2 or Full Press on transmitter|
To synchronize the receiver to the transmitter:
- turn receiver on by holding down “set/power” button for ~3 seconds until RHS LED turns on
- press “set/power” button on receiver 5 times until LED on left hand side flashes red
- press shutter button on transmitter
- LED on left hand side of receiver should turn off
As much as I have liked having a wireless remote for the past two years, more often than not I was using it within a foot of the camera. With the Cleon remotes, the receiver can be used as a wired remote. The nice part about this configuration is that the receiver does not have to be turned on for the wired function to work. For me, I will use it in the wired configuration quite a bit which should significantly improve the battery life.
To use the wireless mode you hold down the set/power button on the receiver for three seconds to turn it on. On the receiver, move the slide switch to the desired position:
- S/B – single exposures or bulb mode (hold transmitter button down for 3 seconds to lock the shutter open in bulb mode)
- 2S – single exposure with about 2 second delay
- multiple exposures – Automatically takes 5 exposures
Once set, push the button 1/2 way to focus and all the way to take the picture. It doesnâ€™t get much easier than that.
The Cleon system simply works great. At about $36 its hard to beat the price for a wired and wireless remote system. It doesnâ€™t have some of the features of higher end remote like interval settings, longer delay settings, and time lapse, but thatâ€™s not what it is designed for. The only negative thing I have to say at all is that I simply could not get the advertised range out of it. The best I could get was about 120 feet. Now granted, I have never needed to be 120 feet from my camera when taking a picture and if that would have been the advertised range I would have accepted it. However, since the claimed range is around 300 feet, I am going to drop the final score down in the ratings for that. Otherwise the system is flawless and I would highly recommend it.
Phottix Website: http://phottix.net