SMDV RFN-4s Wireless Remote Review (aka Vello)

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If you’re looking for a wireless shutter release for your Nikon DSLR then I may have just found the best one for you!

SMDV rfn-4s Wireless remote

I have tried them all! And the SMDV RFN4s would have to be the best I have found, it is reliable, easy to use and best of all, the receiver can stay on your camera all the time making it ready when you need it.

I bought mine from Amazon – Support the blog by using this link to get your SMDV RFN-4s from Amazon –  http://bit.ly/smdvrfn4s (Thank you!)

I have been using this remote for many years, and can honestly say, I don’t think I would use any other remote. By the way… I am not paid anything by SMDV (they probably don’t even know who I am) but love to share when I find something awesome.

The SMDV RFN-4s is the only remote I know that works without having a seperate battery for the receiver, and allows you to keep it on your Nikon DSLR all the time so it’s ready when you are. For me, that has me sold!

However, there are a couple of drawbacks to this remote

  1. The receiver runs of the camera battery (this is a plus too, as it makes it smaller) but, if you leave it on, you will flatten your battery.
  2. There is no timer on the remote, so you will need a seperate timer device when using it for bulb settings (No biggie! I use my apple watch for a timer, it vibrates when time is up and alerts me to stop the exposure)
  3. Cost, as far as remotes go, it’s not the most expensive, but in this class of wireless remote, it is a bit pricey.
  4. Using the BKT button is a bit difficult with the antenna fitted.
  5. It isn’t weather proof, or waterproof…. I tested that out, and can confirm, it doesn’t like being dipped into salt water more than once 😉

Let me know in the comments if you’re using this remote and how you have found it. It also sells under the name of Vello too, so you may have landed here looking for info on a Vello remote for Nikon DSLR, well, this is the same unit.

Cheers, Ben

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