Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-15-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
Junior Member




Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Houston, TX USA
Posts: 32
K-x remote control feedback

I am considering the Pentax K-x for my digital SLR needs, but it is my understanding that there is no rear-facing remote sensor. Instead, it is on the front of the camera body. One of my major considerations is the ability to shoot via remote. So I am wondering what experiences, positive or negative, that K-x users have had using the remote function. And is there a way that the K-x remote can be set up so it can be fired from behind the camera? Or at least a non-convoluted way of doing so.

Just wondering why the Pentax K-x was set up without a rear sensor remote feature that is common on many other digital SLRs, since it seems like the most logical and useful place to put it. I do not use the remote function extensively, so maybe I am missing something that another more experienced shooter can fill me in on. Many thanks. Great user forum, BTW.

Gary

03-15-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
Pentaxian




Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bay Village, Ohio USA
Posts: 1,037
I think it was set up the way it is to facilitate taking self-portraits, or group shots that include the photographer.

The lack of the rear sensor and the lack of a wired remote are probably to differentiate the K-x from the more-expensive K-7, which includes both.

As far as rigging up mirrors or something to allow the IR remote to be used from behind the camera, I can't help you. I've never read of anyone finding a really successful way of doing that.
03-15-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
I have used my K-x for a lot of macro work involving the remote. It's very easy to do and any reflective surface within a few feet of the front of the camera can work to bounce the IR signal to the sensor without too many worries. The inexpensive IR remotes available online for <$8 work fine (I have two different models and each works well but the one with fewer buttons is better IMHO as the battery is not drained accidentally in storage).
03-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #4
Junior Member




Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Houston, TX USA
Posts: 32
Original Poster
Thanks for the feedback. I have heard anecdotaly of people setting up mirrors to accomplish the feat, but it seems like a lot of work to accomplish an otherwise simple task. Unless someone out there has a good experience doing so, please let me know. I am thinking in terms of taking remote shots outdoors of birds and other wildlife (NOT tigers and lions). In that context I wanted to be able to set up the camera and then stand back away from the scene to take the shot remotely that I wanted. It's hard to hide from a creature when one is standing in FRONT of the camera! Maybe it's just a matter of biting the bullet and spending more money on a different model. But when your cheap it's hard to bite that bullet .

03-15-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
QuoteOriginally posted by Stardog Quote
Thanks for the feedback. I have heard anecdotaly of people setting up mirrors to accomplish the feat, but it seems like a lot of work to accomplish an otherwise simple task. Unless someone out there has a good experience doing so, please let me know. I am thinking in terms of taking remote shots outdoors of birds and other wildlife (NOT tigers and lions). In that context I wanted to be able to set up the camera and then stand back away from the scene to take the shot remotely that I wanted. It's hard to hide from a creature when one is standing in FRONT of the camera! Maybe it's just a matter of biting the bullet and spending more money on a different model. But when your cheap it's hard to bite that bullet .
I've done what you intend with a small piece of foil in front of the camera. The real problem is that the IR remotes are not that strong and full daylight can minimize their effectiveness at distance, but that would be the same for either the K-x/r or the K-5/7.
03-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
Junior Member




Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Houston, TX USA
Posts: 32
Original Poster
I have access to a K-x so maybe I'll do some experimenting this weekend with some sort of reflective set up. Can only learn by doing as they say. Thanks for the reply.
03-15-2012, 08:04 PM   #7
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
QuoteOriginally posted by Stardog Quote
I have access to a K-x so maybe I'll do some experimenting this weekend with some sort of reflective set up. Can only learn by doing as they say. Thanks for the reply.
Good luck, and have fun.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, function, k-x, pentax, photography, sensor
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PENTAX Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1 vs. Remote Control F jpzk Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 8 12-02-2013 08:11 AM
K-x remote control Gary G Pentax DSLR Discussion 22 01-02-2011 09:50 AM
Remote Control for Kx... stlind Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 8 11-21-2010 04:56 PM
Remote control F Mojtala Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 2 11-02-2010 03:58 PM
Remote control for Pentax: PocketPC app. (alternate to Pentax remote) dragonfly Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 08-12-2010 10:22 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:54 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top