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Promote® Control P-CTRL-1 Advanced Remote Control - the ultimate HDR / time lapse controller.

Designed for serious amateurs and pros, Promote® Control was an advanced remote control for digital SLR cameras from various manufacturers.

Promote® Control P-CTRL-1 Advanced Remote Control.

Promote® Control - Product Description

Designed for serious amateurs and pros, Promote® Control is an advanced remote control for digital SLR cameras from various manufacturers. It opens new doors for your creativity with its superior automation and intuitive ease of use. It will have you taking High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs, time-lapse sequences and much more in a flash. With the Promote Control, you can gain unprecedented, advanced control over your SLR camera in ways that will save you time, especially when taking either traditional or HDR photos.Promote® Control      P-CTRL-1 Advanced Remote Control

Capture the World in a New Light

Among a multitude of easy-to-use features, Promote Control offers unique flexibility for exposure bracketing, which is commonly used to create High Dynamic Range images. High Dynamic Range, or HDR imaging quickly gains popularity these days, thanks to stunning detail and tone range rendition. Promote Control propels HDR imaging forward by offering unparalleled flexibility, allowing for bracketing step variability previously not possible with in-camera bracketing modes. Promote Control can also automatically put the camera into Bulb mode as appropriate when performing bracketed exposures longer than 30 seconds, requiring no further user intervention. * The resulting images can be processed in a software application of choice to create a highly realistic image with a wide tonal range.

One of the most useful features of the Promote Control is an advanced Time-Lapse mode normally found only in middle to high end professional SLR cameras. Users can now perform Time-Lapse photography with any camera supported by Promote Control, including affordable entry level digital SLR cameras. An optional start delay can be specified to start a Time-Lapse sequence after a certain time period has elapsed.

Review by Michael James - - Part 1

Get Sharper Photographs

In order to boost the quality of their photographs, users can easily setup their Promote Control unit to perform a fully automatic, user-defined delay for Mirror Lock-Up before every picture is taken. Locking the mirror before taking a picture gives a tripod-based camera the ultimate stability required to take a perfectly sharp photograph. The Promote Control brings this important feature to every photographer’s workflow in a seamless, sensible way. **

Because it’s highly customizable, the Promote Control can be calibrated to match your personal preferences. Moreover, the Promote Control’s firmware is upgradeable, so the device will stay up-to-date with the latest functionality and enhanced capabilities of future camera models.

Feature List
The Promote Control offers the following features:

Replaces and extends manufacturer-specific remote controls
Allows for unparalleled flexibility with automatic >30 second exposures in “bulb mode” - even in HDR sequences *
Advanced easy-to-configure “Time-Lapse Mode” with optional sequence start delay
Optional user-defined Mirror-Up timeout available in all modes *
Improved user interface featuring flexible user-definable settings
Optional multi-tone audible feedback
Large, easy to read liquid crystal display featuring RGB backlight of variable intensity
Weather-resistant design for water and dust resiliency
Powered by 2 AA batteries, the most easily obtainable power source
A passive camera pre-focus and release functionality remains functional as a backup even when the remote control is out of power *
External DC power jack for timing especially long exposures for astrophotography and other similar applications
Device firmware updates can be applied from a personal computer via USB interface.

Review by Michael James - - Part 2

Additional Shutter Cables
Click HERE to see compatible shutter cables. The shutter cable is not required for general operation and is optional.

Download Promote Control User Manual in PDF format.

"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 -

Promote® Control : P-CTRL-1 Advanced Remote Control
The ultime HDR / time lapse controller


(for more details of any accessories just click the blue text!)

Leg Mount Tripod Case
Bulb Ramping Kit
Shutter Cable N10 Nikon - see list
MKII Hub - control multiple cameras
Promote Control Hotshoe and Tripod Mount
Nikon D5000, D5100 or D800 users require the OTG cable with their purchase. Nikon has an updated USB 3.0 port and is not directly compatible with Promote Control.
PROMOTE SYSTEMS - you can CHECK HERE to see the latest compatibility list on the manufacturers website.

Looking for other spares or replacement parts for your Promote Control?
We keep spares of the original USB connector cable - as supplied with every Promote Control - lost yours - see here.
Lost the 'White cable' (Firmware update connector)? - see here.


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Promote® Control Advanced Remote Control
Promote control P-CTRL-1

Camera Control: Advanced USB camera control protocol
Operation Modes: One Shot, Time-Lapse, HDR, Manual Hold *
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
2xAA alkaline batteries
The Promote Control is compatible with digital cameras supporting an industry standard PTP/MTP protocol for controlling camera functions over USB interface. 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 2 (CN2 Cable): 100D/SL1, 400D/XTi, 450D/XSi, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 600D/T3i, 650D/T4i, 700D/T5i, 750D/T6i, 760D/T6s, 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. Other Canon cameras listed above are fully supported, including HDR mode.

NOTE 2: On Canon 60D the longest automatic HDR exposure is limited to 30 seconds due to mechanical Bulb mode activation. A future Promote Control firmware update will prompt to activate Bulb mode manually as required. At this time using a higher ISO setting is recommended with Canon 60D if an exposure longer than 30 seconds is required in HDR mode.

Additional Shutter Cables
Click HERE to see compatible shutter cables. The shutter cable is not required for general operation and is optional.




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