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12-15-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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Remote shutter advice please

I am looking to purchase an IR remote shutter for my pentax K-m.
On the face of it, the multi-model remotes seem to slightly have the edge on specs (range seems to be only difference) over the Pentax models and are also much cheaper.
Does anyone have any advice on what to go for?
Are the quoted ranges even remotely accurate?
Also, the camera has a bulb function but I am not sure if this will work with the remote...?

Thanks in advance.

12-15-2010, 01:10 PM   #2

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I'm not sure what "multi-model" remotes you're referring to, but I have this one. I have two Pentax F remotes, but carry the cheapo one more often because it also triggers my wife's Canon P&S and my G5.

IR remotes are good for about 10 - 15 ft, depending on the ambient light level. Besides the relatively short range, the other drawback is the requirement of line of sight.

From what I can remember, it doesn't work well with the "bulb function" (can't remember what the issue was). I'm not sure if the K-m has the "T function" like the K7 does (hit the shutter release once to open the shutter, hit it again to close the shutter). That works much better with IR remote.


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