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09-25-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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Remote control F ???

I have a Pentax X-5 and only can get the remote to work about 5 feet from the front of the camera in totol darkness. It is even less in bright sunlite.
Is this normal for this unit ??

09-25-2014, 07:54 PM   #2

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Perhaps a weak battery???
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You should be able to get a bit more range, but you have to point it straight at the IR sensor.

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09-25-2014, 10:43 PM   #4

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No IR remote is going to work well [if at all] in bright Sunlight.
Sunlight is a portion of the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun, in particular infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light.

09-25-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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I get a lot more range from my cheap RC-4 remote than from the Remote Control F. I once tested it inside at 22 feet which was as far as I could physically get. Costs about $2 on ebay.
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I bought three of those cheap eBay remotes. Every single one of them had the same problem, they wouldn't work until I removed the battery and put it back again. Plus that little blister button was not always responsive. I have the Pentax Remote E now and so far it's very good. Works with all my Pentax cameras.
09-26-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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A fresh battery helps the F remote a lot.

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