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Pentax CS-205 Wired Remote

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Pentax CS-205 Wired Remote

Pentax CS-205 Wired Remote
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Pentax CS-205 Wired Remote
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Description:
Cable release for most Pentax DSLRs: the Pentax *ist D series, K100D series, K10D, K20D, K200D, K-7, K-5 series, K-3 series, K-1, 645D, 645Z, K-30, K-50, K-500, K-S1, K-S2, and K-01 (as of 2016).

Two stage button with slide lock for bulb operation

1.5ft cable length

Standard 2.5mm stereo connector

Not compatible with the Pentax K-70 (see CS-310).

Not usable with the K-m, K-x, or K-r (these cameras have no remote connector).
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Registered: July, 2020
Posts: 51
Review Date: August 18, 2020 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: works with most Pentax digital cameras; works well
Cons: cable too short; price; plastic casing instead of rubberized casing; doesn't work with KP or K70 cameras

I learned the hard way, when B&H said the CS-310 cable switch works with "most Pentax DSLRs" and bought it before learning in person that the CS-310 does not work with my K10D (and learned after looking more deeply that it only works with the KP and K70 cameras). The CS-205 evidently works with all other Pentax digital cameras, including the K-1. (Oh, B&H has changed their blurb now on the CS-310, and they kindly exchanged the CS-310 for the CS-205 when I pointed out their faulty advertising, but it was a pain; I lost two weeks of active use where I needed the cable switch.) And in all the online blurbs on these cameras at the Ricoh and Pentax Forums webpages, there is nothing saying what I have just stated. The Ricoh owner manual for KP camera says it uses the CS-310, but the owner manual for the K-1 does not say which cable switch it uses; I am assuming it uses the CS-205 (I think I saw this somewhere online but can't find it now). I'm about to get the K-1 and will update this comment if somebody else hasn't done so first. Why is it so hard to find out this kind of information? What the heck, Pentax?

As for the CS-205, it works fine on my K10D and my K-3 II, but it's a very awkward port on the K10D and not the easiest to insert the plug into the port. Bad design. But it works well aside from the bad port design on my K10D, and it hasn't fallen out in lots of use (I use it for astrophotography with long exposures). The port on the K-3 II is better, though the rubber door is a pain to deal with (this has nothing to do with the cable, of course). And I would prefer that the cable length be 2-3 times what it is, for more flexibility, and I'd prefer that the casing be rubberized instead of hard plastic, so it is less worrisome in hitting (and making loud sounds) when accidentally hitting my tripod while dangling in the dark.

As for people getting non-Pentax cable switches, fine; I prefer to get Pentax stuff for Pentax cameras (incl. lenses; my Sigmas have good glass but just don't work as well with my cameras as the Pentax lenses do). And remote switches aren't for me because of the astrophotography. But this is too expensive (new) for what you get; it should be more like $30, in my opinion. Make the casing a more sturdy rubber and double the cable length, and I'll be fine with paying $50 (and I'd upgrade my rating to a 9 or 10). Oh, and having a nice pouch to hold this cable release would be very practical and useful.
   
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Registered: August, 2008
Location: Hielands o' Scootlund
Posts: 49,940
Review Date: May 15, 2019 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Does exactly what it supposed to... fires the shutter
Cons: None for me

Ricoh Pt No 37248

Using either my tripod or the Platypod with a ballhead on, more and more recently.

But believe it or not... here in Scotland we've had a few brighter days recently, where the usual infrared trigger (Pentax Remote Control F) has become a bit hit or miss, even with its new battery, purely due to bright conditions.

So I managed to pick up of these secondhand this morning, from my only local camera store (Ffordes). For just 20.00, the normal new UK retail price is 30.00, so a happy bunny and lets be honest... it is just a switch.

As luck would have it, the socket for this on K1, is on the righthand side when viewed from behind the camera, so my universal RRS L-Bracket does not block access to it.
   
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Registered: March, 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 7,211
Review Date: April 12, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $35.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Reliable, no batteries needed
Cons: A little expensive, short cord length

This Pentax wired remote control is well made and is much better quality than the cheap alternatives. The button has good sensitivity and I find half pressing it to achieve focus makes me more connected to the camera than the IR remotes. Both types of remote are good and have there advantages and disadvantages.
   
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Registered: September, 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Posts: 12,244

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Review Date: February 4, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $8.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Works well, simple design, common connector
Cons: short cable, expensive for what it is

One of the advantages of this wired remote over the IR remote is that you do not have to initialize it in the menus for it to work. Another is that it drains no power because nothing new has to be turned on in the camera.

It lists for something like $25 but several sellers were cleaning them out recently and I got mine for $8 shipped

It works a treat with my K-5 (some had questioned if this older accessory would work with the K-5/7 series).

I don't like the short length of the cable but it can be extended by getting a standard stereo cable like those used for headphones and it works great. I've used the cable release with the extension a couple of times and it works great. Any 3.5mm M/F stereo line cable / mp3 extension cable will work to extend this release.
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