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02-05-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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Battery Life whilst using Remote Assist

HI gang

I'm using the remote assist to help save loading time via the card, but my K10D's batteries keep going.
Is this normal?

How many shots can you normally get with a fully charged battery whilst tethered?

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02-06-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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I haven't tried tethered shooting yet, but I'd say you'd do better to get an AC adapter instead of relying on the battery. Unless, of course, you're shooting in a remote area with no outlets...
02-06-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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I tried interval shooting with Remote Assist and my K10D. The meter stays on and the batteries are drained very quickly. Unfortunately the AC adapter for the K10D runs around $100 USD.
02-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.....

Confirmed what I expected....looks like an expensive AC adapter will need to be bought *sigh!
Thanks again.

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02-06-2013, 07:09 PM   #5
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Adorama has the D-AC50 for $69.95 plus shipping. Unless you're outside the US, shouldn't be much more than $76 bucks or so.
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If you are handy with a soldering iron and not afraid to work with electronic components you can make your own from scratch.

This blog has the parts and schematics. Links to other blogs will give slightly different schematics and templates if you want make a printed circuit board:
DIY AC Adapter for The Pentax K10D and K20D

Parts will probably cost you around $20
02-07-2013, 04:53 AM   #7
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buying one from the States will cost me nearly 100 (about $156)
Making one sounds ok,..but need to get the unique cable to put in the port/hole in the camera...its not a normal round one.


Sooooo,...

Looks like saving my cash and eventually buying one.

Thanks for the posts guys...

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02-07-2013, 07:36 AM   #8
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The cable connector part is listed in the blog linked above:

3 Position Micro-miniature power supply connector:
Hirose Electrical Co LTD
MQ172-3SA-CV(50)

Here is the manufacturer's data sheet:
http://www.hirose.co.jp/cataloge_hp/e20609504.pdf

And the manufacturer's website:
Electrical and Electronic Connectors - Hirose Connectors Search

Any suitable 2 lead cable can be used with the connector, you only need ground and +8.3v hookups.

A Google search shows at least one UK supplier (2.65):
MQ172-3SA-CV(50) - HRS (HIROSE) - PLUG, I/O, 3WAY | Farnell United Kingdom

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