Category Archives: Photography

Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 Cheep Shutter Release Cable

I have just got hold of a pair of TT5’s and I am very impressed with the flash capability. Now I want to fire the shutter from far away. So I priced up the cable and its ?130… Wow for a cable I can get another TT5 for that. So I spoke to a sales man at my local camera shop to see if I could see one. I thought it must be pretty special for that price. They didn’t have any but the salesman said that it is just a cable no bulge in the middle for secret electronics. So I decided to have a go at making one.

To start with get hold of a (I have a Canon but I bet there is an equivalent Nikon cable.
Update: There is I reckon it is the Calumet: CF0066 ?8 ish though I have not tried it) N3 Adapter cable. Calumet product code CF0061 this cost a bit over ?4. This cable has a Male N3 on one end and a female 3.5mm 3 pole jack on the other.

The N3 cable is wired in the standard way as bellow:

Pin Use
1 Ground
2 Focus
3 Shutter

Now to make this adapter work with the TT5 you need to buy a cheep 3.5mm Male to 3.5 mm Male stereo lead (I got one from Tesco for about ?4). You need to cut the cable in half (or shorten it if needed) and figure out with a meter which cable goes to which pin on the plug. Now we need to re solder the cables basically swapping pins 2 and 3 over:

End A Pin Use Connects to End B Pin Use
1 Ground 1 Ground
2 Focus 3 Focus
3 Shutter 2 Shutter

Pop a bit of heat shrink over the cables to keep that together and give it a test.

There you go a ?130 cable for ?8 ish and 30 mins work.

Canon 40D

I know it is about to be superceded by the 50D but I forgot to menssion before that I have now purchaced a 40D. I have had it about 3 months now and I am verry happy with it. I currently have 2 lenses the kit lens a 17-85 IS USM and a 70-200 f4 L USM lens that I have picked up second hand from a colegue. I am looking to get a 50mm f1.8 in the coming weeks and possibly upgrade to the 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM in the coming year.