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04-24-2008, 07:16 AM   #1
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Longer USB cable for K100D - what are they called?

I want to get a longer USB cable for shooting tethered to a computer - 20'-30'. What type of cable is it called? It isn't quite the same as what was used with my older camera, which was called mini-USB...

04-24-2008, 07:23 AM   #2
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They're micro-USB cables. Not many shops stock them. It'll probably be easier to get a USB extension cable (female-male A-type connections).
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Does K10d use the same type of cable ?
If yes, then this will fit - DealExtreme: $2.58 USB AM to 8-Pin Sanyo Camera Cable (1.5-Meter)
I use it regularly with my K10D, no problems. Also look at the price
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They're micro-USB cables. Not many shops stock them. It'll probably be easier to get a USB extension cable (female-male A-type connections).
Aha - that's the winning idea. I should have no problem finding that locally.

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Something to consider- USB cables in general are limited in length by the USB specification. A 20 or 30 foot cable would be way out of spec.
Some of my devices work on long cables, some don't. It's iffy.
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Something to consider- USB cables in general are limited in length by the USB specification. A 20 or 30 foot cable would be way out of spec.
Some of my devices work on long cables, some don't. It's iffy.
Thanks for the heads-up. I am on my way out the door now to get a cable. I think I'll go with a 10" extension, which will put the total length well under 16.4' spec, and still be much more useful than the included cable, which doesn't even reach eye level if my notebook is on the floor.
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i was under the impression that the k100d couldn't shoot tethered? let me know how it works for you.
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i was under the impression that the k100d couldn't shoot tethered? let me know how it works for you.
Well, it's not ideal, that's for sure. The big caveat with my setup is that the camera has to be remote triggered. For some reason if you use Auto Save in Remote Assistant and you use the shutter release button on the camera, the software chokes.

actually - i wrote up my method here: Supergeak

it's not for the extremely computer shy, but it's not hard, either. basically if you can copy, paste, follow detailed instructions, and reason through the inevitable small snag, you can do it.

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When it comes to cable specs one can often push the envelope a bit. I have not really tested the USB 16 ish limit, but have pushed others. I do a lot of multi media presenttions and have consitently pushed a clean 1024 X 768 image down a 130' of cable without an amplifier with no noticable difference when plugging in an amp. Supposedly I'm pushing the envelope at 30'. For USB I have a 4 port hub that can go 300' with cat 5.
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30' is really pushing the limit on USB cables, the cable standard was not designed for such distances.
I can't say it won't work - just may get some communication issues.
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I got a 10' extension, putting my total USB cable length around 15'. Worked with absolutely no problem. So I can vouch for anytyhing up to that length, anyway.
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i'm still thrown off. Pentax Remote Assistant doesn't work for my k110d at all, how does it work for a k100d? haha
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Use an active repeater USB extension cable and you can have longer runs. I've seen 25m quoted in ads.

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its a gamble I had an old printer that would not work a couple of feet over the old standard was 11 foot on USB 1.1 I don't know if they increased it in USB 2.0 and surely a USB 2.0 lonk will fo farther if it switches to USB 1.1 mode ? but you loose transmission speed. playing it is not always a good idea wher i used to work my boss was stupid enough to run a vital peice of machinery off a (forgot the name of it the oldeast fast thing they invented after paralele ports it was used for internal and external stuff) well he used a 1 metre extension and it often produced bad films with which we made printing plates and only realized after setting it all up that the film had to be redone and the plates too its often not a good idea
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