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05-20-2019, 06:03 PM   #1
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Best remote for a K-x?

I just clued in that I could get a remote for my K-x. Duh, I know. I really should've sat down and read the whole manual before going off to play with it, and I just never ended up reading the whole thing.
So I've googled, and read some old threads here... what I'm wondering is what would be the best thing to get? I have looked at eBay. Some of the remotes are less than $2 and some are over $40. What the heck? Do those ridiculously cheap little things actually work?? Do any of you have recommendations?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alliecat Quote
I just clued in that I could get a remote for my K-x. Duh, I know. I really should've sat down and read the whole manual before going off to play with it, and I just never ended up reading the whole thing.
So I've googled, and read some old threads here... what I'm wondering is what would be the best thing to get? I have looked at eBay. Some of the remotes are less than $2 and some are over $40. What the heck? Do those ridiculously cheap little things actually work?? Do any of you have recommendations?
Thanks.
Yes the cheap ones work, at least the RC-4 does. I have a couple of these and a couple of the Pentax Remote Control F, the Pentax is smaller, the RC-4 has a much greater range, it has a lot if buttons but only one works for Pentax.
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Range actually is important... I was convinced I could use my TV remote and/or the IR blaster in my smartphone, until I tried them for real, from 5-10 meters, in a theater.
No dice.

Also, their "performance" got worse the moment the staff turned on some more lights on the orchestra/parterre side, because of course they added to the background noise.

So, yes, buy a real remote if you need it, and get information on its range beforehand.
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If by "remote" you mean the infra-red cordless device, I've got an after-market unit labelled "Maxsima" that works fine with all my DSLR's. It's only got one button. With my K-5 it's really useful because that camera has i/r receivers on both the front and back of the camera. The other models have an i/r receiver only on the front of the camera, which I find limiting.
If by "remote" you mean a cable release, my earlier cameras all use the same device, but my K-70 needed a different unit because the remote microphone connector is integrated with the release socket. Might just be worth checking your requirements before buying the wrong item.
There are also "wireless" remote controls that have a unit that plugs into the cable release socket and a remote handset. These, apparently, have a range up to 100m. I've not tried one. They are available on eBay advertised as suitable for the Samsung GX1 and often priced quite low.


Afterthought:
Bear in mind the risk of extraneous light getting in through the viewfinder and affecting your exposure if you're working with your eye away from the viewfinder in bright light. This is where the little black viewfinder blind that probably came with your camera can come in useful


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QuoteOriginally posted by kypfer Quote
There are also "wireless" remote controls that have a unit that plugs into the cable release socket and a remote handset. These, apparently, have a range up to 100m. I've not tried one. They are available on eBay advertised as suitable for the Samsung GX1 and often priced quite low.
The better ones of these also offer sophisticated multi-exposure, delay, and time lap functions.

I don't know whether the K-x has a remote socket; if so, it will be mechanically and electrically compatible with the Canon remote socket. So you could also use a wired Canon remote, at least for single shots.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I don't think the K-x has a cable socket. I really miss my K1000 with its easy little cable. All I really wanted was something to lock the shutter open longer than 30 seconds, or so I don't have to hold it when doing the occasional night shot. But I don't do them as much with this camera as with the K1000 because it's just more complicated. And the camera sometimes hangs up after I close the shutter and I end up having to take the batteries out to shut it off. I gather that's something to do with dark frame subtraction ...
I've never tried using the TV remote.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alliecat Quote
Thanks for the suggestions. I don't think the K-x has a cable socket. I really miss my K1000 with its easy little cable. All I really wanted was something to lock the shutter open longer than 30 seconds, or so I don't have to hold it when doing the occasional night shot. But I don't do them as much with this camera as with the K1000 because it's just more complicated. And the camera sometimes hangs up after I close the shutter and I end up having to take the batteries out to shut it off. I gather that's something to do with dark frame subtraction ...
I've never tried using the TV remote.
I just downloaded and checked the manual - the K-x doesn't have a cable release socket, just an infra-red sensor on the front of the camera. There is a 3-sec delay option available for the remote, however, so all is not lost, or you could make up some basic arrangement with a small mirror to reflect the control signal to the sensor if you have to stand to the rear of the camera. The control is called "Remote Control F", I have a cheap after-market version which works fine for all my DSLR's.


There's options in the menus to set how the remote control works in "Bulb" (B) mode, press once to open then press again to close the shutter or press and hold for the duration of the exposure. For the "hang-up", there's options in the menus to disable noise reduction for various circumstances, so if you're happy with the grainier results that may occur you can turn it off if you want to

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I'll have a look for "remote control F" then.

QuoteOriginally posted by kypfer Quote
For the "hang-up", there's options in the menus to disable noise reduction for various circumstances, so if you're happy with the grainier results that may occur you can turn it off if you want to
You can't turn it off for longer exposures than 30 seconds... I think that was what I read.
...sigh, I miss using my K1000 for night shots... click it, lock it, and leave it....

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QuoteOriginally posted by Alliecat Quote
You can't turn it off for longer exposures than 30 seconds... I think that was what I read.
...sigh, I miss using my K1000 for night shots... click it, lock it, and leave it....


Weird!! You're right!


Although I've only used my K-5 for very long exposures (and put up with the delays between exposures), I've just checked the manuals for my other DSLR's and I can completely disable the Noise Reduction feature on all of them.


Sorry if I got your hopes up.


Good luck with the remote
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I'll have a look for "remote control F" then.



You can't turn it off for longer exposures than 30 seconds... I think that was what I read.
...sigh, I miss using my K1000 for night shots... click it, lock it, and leave it....
I still have the K1000! Currently shooting some Ilford XP-2 film with it. Now I don't know when that'll be done though... just got my new K-70 in the mail LOL.
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