Promote Control

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Product Description

Designed for serious amateurs and pros, Promote® Control is an advanced all-in-one remote control for Canon, Nikon and select Sony, Sigma and Panasonic Lumix digital SLR cameras. A brief feature list includes*:

  • Advanced HDR Bracketing
    • Up to 45 images per bracket
    • Steps from 1/3 to 9 EV between bracketed exposures
    • Rapid HDR workflows
  • Bulb mode (automatic >30 sec exposures, even in HDR sequences)
  • Time-Lapse with optional sequence start delay & HDR Time-Lapse
  • Bulb Ramping with ISO control and ND filters
  • Focus Stacking and HDR Focus Stacking
  • Video control (Canon only)
  • Automatic, user-defined delay for Mirror Lock-Up
  • Pocket-sized alternative to laptop-based camera remote control solutions
  • Weather resistant casing
  • Long battery life (runs on 2 AA batteries)
  • Frequent FREE firmware updates
  • Lifetime warranty for manufacturing and worksmanship defects - if it's broken, we will fix it!

For complete information about Promote® Control's functionality, visit our Promote® Control dedicated website www.promote-control.com.

To build a Promote Control kit to match your workflow and camera model, use our System Builder.

NOTE: the product image above is a simulated image. The actual product appearance and color may vary slightly.

Specifications

Camera Control:

Advanced USB camera control protocol

Operation Modes:

One Shot, Time-Lapse, HDR, Manual Hold, Bulb Ramping, Focus Stacking, Video*

Unit Size:

Approx. 4.9 x 2.6 x 1.1 in. (125 x 65 x 27 mm)

Unit Weight:

Approx. 5.5 oz. (156g)

Cable Length:

3.3 ft (1m)

Power Source:

2xAA (alkaline, manganese or Ni-MH)

Battery Life:

20 to 40 hrs estimated

Display:

Monochrome, with variable intensity RGB backlight

Keypad:

Membrane, weather resistant

Mirror-Up Delay: **

1 to 20 seconds (requires an optional shutter cable)

* Some features are subject to be supported by the camera, and may require an optional shutter cable available separately. Shutter cable availability may vary by the camera brand and model. See below for shutter cable links.

** Mirror Lock-Up feature is subject to be supported by the camera, and requires using an optional shutter cable. See below for shutter cable links.

Supplied Accessories: 

  • Camera connection USB cable
  • Firmware update USB cable
  • User manual
  • Carrying case
  • Neckstrap
  • 2xAA alkaline batteries

 Compatibility

The Promote Control is compatible with digital cameras supporting an industry standard PTP/MTP protocol for controlling camera functions over USB interface. If you have a question about whether your camera is compatible with the Promote Control, please contact our Technical Support. A non-exhaustive list of supported cameras includes the following brands and models:

Nikon: D4, D3, D3s, D3X, D2X, D2Xs, D2H, D2Hs, D200, D300, D300s, D700, D800*, D800e*, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D600, D3100, D3200*, D3300*, D5000*, D5100*, D5200*, D7000, D7100*.

*Nikon cameras marked with (*) require an optional USB OTG adapter (USB Mini-AB male to USB Type A female). Nikon D800/D800e additionally requires Promote Control firmware update 2.49b or later.

NOTE 1: Fuji S5 Pro is currently not compatible due to differences in camera firmware.

NOTE 2: There is currently no shutter cable available for D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80 cameras. Promote Control is still compatible with those cameras in USB-only mode at this time.

Canon Type 1: 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D, 7D Mark II, 6D, 30D, 40D, 50D

Canon Type 2: 100D/SL1, 400D/XTi, 450D/XSi, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 600D/T3i, 650D/T4i, 700D/T5i, 1000D/XS, 1100D/T3, 60D, 70D.

NOTE 1: Canon 300D, 350D, 10D, 20D, 5D Mk I, 1D/1Ds Mk I and 1D/1Ds Mk II cameras are not supported in HDR mode. Only basic operations such as One-Shot, Time-Lapse and Manual Hold are available on these cameras, and would require a CN3 cable to be connected.

NOTE 2: Canon 5D Mk III, 60D, 70D and 6D cannot be automatically switched to Bulb mode if/when required by HDR bracketing (>30 second exposures only). A prompt will be shown on the Promote Control screen if a Bulb mode is required in HDR mode.

Other Canon cameras listed above are fully supported, including HDR mode.

Sony: limited compatibility. See Sony Shutter cable description for more details and functionality limitations.

Sigma: SD1 / SD1 Merrill (requires a free firmware update to version 2.81 beta or higher).

Panasonic: LUMIX DMC-GH4 (NOTE: DMC-GH4 requires a firmware version 2.0 or higher)

Shutter Cables

Click a compatible camera model above to see compatible shutter cable. The shutter cable is not required for general operation and is optional.

Resources

Video tutorials and sample videos

Download Promote Control User Manual in PDF format.

Reviews

"The Promote Control is an essential tool for better HDR captures.  I've only had mine for a week and I can't imagine capturing brackets without it ever again. It allows the most affordable Nikon and Canon DSLRs to outperform the AEB capabilities of even the highest end pro DSLRs. I've tonemapped over 10,000 commerical images derived from HDR files, so you'll have to take my word for it when I say the Promote Control ... is a real game changer."
Michael James - hdriblog.com

 Watch Michael's Video Review Part 1 and Part 2.

Product Videos

Promote Control Hub for Stereo HDR Time-Lapse Photography (08:39)
This is a demo of an upcoming product from Promote Systems. The Promote Control Hub will be available online in late November 2011 at http://www.promotesystems.com/. The Promote Control unit that lets most Canon and Nikon cameras do over 15 exposures in fully automated bracketing mode is available immediately through the website above as well as select US and international retailers. More information is available at:https://www.promotesystems.com/products/Promote-Control.html
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Warranty Information

Limited lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Warranty does not include shipping costs.

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Reviews

"The Promote Control is an essential tool for better HDR captures.  I've only had mine for a week and I can't imagine capturing brackets without it ever again. It allows the most affordable Nikon and Canon DSLRs to outperform the AEB capabilities of even the highest end pro DSLRs. I've tonemapped over 10,000 commercial images derived from HDR files, so you'll have to take my word for it when I say the Promote Control ... is a real game changer."

Michael James - hdriblog.com

"I have been using my Promote for some time now and it's sooooo good, it's an unmissable part in my camera bag."

Wim, Belgium - wim360.eu

"Again though, I really have to say that I love the Promote. We have now purchased a few of them now and are currently part of a rig used on set.  And personally speaking, for my own work, it's much more robust than anything manufacturers have available in their line ups in terms of bracketing and time-lapse."

Phil Holland - phfx.com

"I read about, tried it and am SOLD! The Promote Remote has helped my work flow by leaps and bounds. With it's easy use interface the Promote Remote is a must have for amateurs and pro's."

Nathan Enriquez - CEO, Get Your View.com LLC

"Promote Control is a cool tool. I can get greater efficiency by shooting a wider exposure range with fewer exposures. That saves disk space and processing time on the computer, and wear and tear on the camera. Promote Control also lets me shoot brackets that my camera otherwise can't, giving me greater control over my final output."

Carl Stone, realestatefotografix.com

"Overall, I could not recommend this product enough. If you are remotely serious (get it... get it? :) ) about HDR photography, then you owe it to yourself to at least consider the Promote Control."

Brian Matiash, brianmatiash.com

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Samples

See samples done with Promote Control, generously provided by our loyal customers on Flickr!

By: vedd / Flickr

By: vedd / Flickr

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By: Eric B. Walker / Flickr

By: Eric B. Walker / Flickr