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04-27-2015, 11:43 AM   #1
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Infrared camera control from BEHIND camera?

Are any devices available for controlling Pentax K-r cameras from the rear of the camera, specifically shutter actuation? This seems to be one major function lacking Pentax K-r cameras. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks BLR


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? I'm somewhat confused by this comment. Most every Pentax DSLR body I own is IR controllable from both front and back using the IR remotes available for them.
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Not only do most Pentax have rear IR sensor, if you are standing at the camera, many support a wired plug in remote also - like this Vello RS C1II Wired Remote Switch for Select Canon Pentax Contax Samsung | eBay
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My K5-IIs can be controlled by an infra-red from either front or rear. I can even select a 3 second delay after actuation. I bought an remote on Amazon for about $6 and it works a treat.

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QuoteOriginally posted by brieck Quote
Are any devices available for controlling Pentax cameras from the rear of the camera

I usually control my camera from behind, unless its time for a selfie :-) I don't remember if my K-r had a rear IR but the K-5 and K-3 do, there are a couple of Pentax and aftermarket remotes, and I still have my cable release from my ME super
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Are any devices available for controlling Pentax cameras from the rear of the camera, specifically shutter actuation? This seems to be one major function lacking in ALL Pentax cameras. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks BLR
Pentax Remote Control F, and

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04-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxJax Quote
I usually control my camera from behind, unless its time for a selfie :-) I don't remember if my K-r had a rear IR but the K-5 and K-3 do, there are a couple of Pentax and aftermarket remotes, and I still have my cable release from my ME super
The low-end cameras did not have a rear IR port. At least the K-x & K-r didn't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by brieck Quote
Are any devices available for controlling Pentax cameras from the rear of the camera, specifically shutter actuation? This seems to be one major function lacking in ALL Pentax cameras. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks BLR
I think the k50, k30, and kx did not have rear mounted IR sensors, only in the front.

A pair of Cactus V6's can be used to trigger the camera remotely even through walls.

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The low-end cameras did not have a rear IR port. At least the K-x & K-r didn't.
Thanks very much boriscleto----I didn't think the K-r had one, alas that was not the answer I wanted to hear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by brieck Quote
Thanks very much boriscleto----I didn't think the K-r had one, alas that was not the answer I wanted to hear.
Have you thought about redirecting the IR with some tinfoil?
Tape it to the front IR sensor so that it gets a reflection from behind and aim the remote at the tinfoil.
Might just work - it's not very practical, but at least it's feasible.
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I got on this Kickstarter.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/702400282/maxstone-iphone-your-camera

Uses your phone's bluetooth. The remote has an IR emitter and bluetooth connection. Works really well. Since bluetooth isn't line-of-sight, there could be an advantage.

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Have you thought about redirecting the IR with some tinfoil?
Tape it to the front IR sensor so that it gets a reflection from behind and aim the remote at the tinfoil.
Might just work - it's not very practical, but at least it's feasible.
Yes, a mirror should easily do the trick. It may not even need to be a very good mirror - like the foil.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vagrant10 Quote
A pair of Cactus V6's can be used to trigger the camera remotely even through walls.
??? I thought the V6 was a wireless flash trigger.


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??? I thought the V6 was a wireless flash trigger.
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Ok...so it requires the wired remote port on the body. Very clever.


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Yeah, once you try using radio triggers, you'll wonder why you ever fussed about with IR remotes.
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