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08-27-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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question about those cheap eBay IR remotes (k-x)

anyone have any experience with those cheap IR remotes with a k-x? i'm aware there are a few threads about these but does anyone know if, in bulb mode one click on the remote will open the shutter and one click will close? that's the main feature i'm looking for in a remote. this is the remote i was looking at, and here's one that was mentioned in another thread..i'd say they're the same model..any advice?

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Yep - the cheap ones work also. I got a "JCV" (i think that was the brand) and it works really well. With the bulb "button push open/button push close", i think you need to set that in your "C" settings...



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The zoom button on the remote will do nothing and the bulb mode behaviour will depend on the camera - the remote just sends a 'blip' of IR every time the main button is pressed. The cheap one will work just as well, but be prepared for up to four weeks wait before it arrives from China.
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I have two of the first one you linked. Keep one in each of my bags.
They work in bulb mode just as you describe - first press opens shutter and next press closes shutter.
Works on the k-x and k-5.


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I don't think any IR remotes are worth buying. The things only work within 3 feet of the camera. Just make your own wired remote with a 20 ft cable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
I don't think any IR remotes are worth buying. The things only work within 3 feet of the camera. Just make your own wired remote with a 20 ft cable.
K-x doesn't have a wired remote port, so you'd have to rig something to depress the shutter. I haven't seen a 20ft mechanical release myself.

The cheap IR's have an OK range like a TV remote, but since the K-x only has the front IR port you must take care to keep it out of frame when using it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
I don't think any IR remotes are worth buying. The things only work within 3 feet of the camera. Just make your own wired remote with a 20 ft cable.
My cheap $2 one has worked from 17-20 feet with my K20D. The Pentax version has a very short range.
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I didn't know about the K-X not having a port, I own 3 different remotes and none of them will work more than 3 or 4 feet away. Even when they were new.
Please let me know the brand you have.

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The one I have is 'uWinKa' IR Remote Control for PENTAX Remote E F K110D K10D | eBay - a rectangular black thinggy with yellow writing and buttons, about 4x2 inches big - 4 off eBay. Range with K-7 is 25 feet+ on a dull day, a bit less in sunshine.
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Many of the universal remotes available in Walmart in the TV section will work for your camera with the added benefit of having a back up for your TV the next time it falls under the couch cushions. A couple list Pentax on their compatibility list.
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@Fl_gulfer the model number of my remotes is not printed on the unit as it is a generic type.
I believe I bought them here New Remote Control for Pentax /450/430/330/EI2000/K110D | eBay

I just tested the remote indoors and it triggers the K-x from approx 20 feet away.
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The best cheap remote you could ever buy is right here:

Remote Control for PENTAX K-7 K100 K10 K200 K20... | eBay

Yes, look at the price which includes shipping - after this thread was started I purchased one of these (already have a couple remotes just wanted to try this el'cheapo) not expecting much and was certain I was going to have to purchase a battery for it; to my surprise it came already with a fresh battery. This thing is super small (probably 2"x.75") and it works great - I have tested it with both the K5 and the Kx at about 25 feet away with no issues.



EDIT: Just seen crewl1's link - lol, same one (you got ripped off) I guess paying the extra $2+ could be worth it if you needed it quicker





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QuoteOriginally posted by joe.penn Quote

EDIT: Just seen crewl1's link - lol, same one (you got ripped off) I guess paying the extra $2+ could be worth it if you needed it quicker

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Agreed. Sometimes I'll do the direct from China method but in other cases I like having it shipped from the US. It does add a premium usually.
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My cheap one is a Jue Ying.
I tested it tonight and got 23 feet from the front side. I've had it for over a year now, I also have a Pentax F, the Jue Ying has far greater range.
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I have a bad habit of leaving my remotes in a pocket and washing them, so I buy eBay remotes three at a time. I think the last ones were $3 US including shipping. They work fine with my K-5 and K20D. Range indoors or after dark is 15-20 ft. Outdoors in bright sun it's about 5-6. Shipping takes anywhere between 4 days and 4 weeks. I have no idea what causes the differences.
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