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10-18-2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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What items would help me with my night shots?

Pentax K100D with the standard 50mm kit lens.

Am just starting to get into this type of photography and need to get some type of cable release, since for now, I simply hold the button on the camera in bulb mode when shooting.

What can of remote can I get so I don't have to hold the button down on the camera?

Thank you.


Here's a sample shot from tonight:

10-18-2008, 10:45 PM   #3
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Canon RS-60E3 i got one of these, cheaper then the pentax. you can find even cheaper ones on ebay
good thing about these is the button should slide in so that it will hold the shutter instead of having to hold the button for the entire length of time
10-18-2008, 10:48 PM   #4
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Here's the one I use. Less than five bucks (including shipping).

DealExtreme: $4.61 YN Remote Shutter Switch for Canon / Contax / Pentax / Samsung Digital Camera

Other (perhaps obvious) suggestions: make your tripod as stable as possible and remove filters

10-18-2008, 10:48 PM   #5
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I'm still I want one that is wired to the camera or not wired? Thank you again and I better get some sleep!!!

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You want a wired remote for long exposures. There's a mechanical thingamajig that slides over the button on the remote to keep the button depressed and the shutter open.
10-18-2008, 11:05 PM   #7
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For exposures up to 30 seconds you can shoot in M mode instead of B mode. Just set your shutter speed and then use the 2-second timer to activate the shutter.

A small LED penlight is a useful item to have. You can directly illuminate very close objects to assist in focusing. Or in the case of something more distant, place the penlight there, go back to the camera and focus on the light, retrieve your penlight from the scene, then shoot.
10-19-2008, 12:03 AM   #8
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This one appeared on DealExtreme a few days after I bought a different wireless flash unit.
It's a wireless flash / shutter release unit - should cover all your needs.

YN-16 C1 433MHz Wireless Remote Flash Synchro Controller for Canon/Pentax/Samsung Digital Camera

10-19-2008, 01:11 AM   #9
Damn Brit

Pyjamas are sometimes useful.

Sorry guys, you can get back to more serious stuff, I just had a Mony Python moment.
10-19-2008, 04:04 AM   #10
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I ordered a wired cable release from DealExtreme, has not shown up and reply to my email was "sorry-out of stock" and unkown when would be in stock, plus takes long time to get here from China. I searched through the forums and found info for making one, and saved the instructions/photos as a pdf. PM me if you are interested and I can email you the pdf.
10-19-2008, 07:49 AM   #11
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Thank you very much for the informative replies, in pj's or not!!!!

I gotta go out and help my friend cut a load of wood and will get back to figuring out what I need later.

But thanks again.


Here's another goofy shot my daughters and I did last down in the basement. We're all learning together and they just love this photo stuff. Things sure have changed since my old Pentax MG!! I still miss that camera.

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If you don't already have one, a decent Tripod would be of great help to night shooting.

I use Manfrotto / Bogen stuff and can recommend the 055 Series.
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Well, it's suppose to read "Steph"..............she really needs to slow down and cross her "T"!!


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