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06-20-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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K100d Wireless remote control

I have a Pentax K100d.

The wireless remote control receiver/sensor is located on the front of the camera.

WHY?

I was hoping to use it for shooting pictures of animals and flowers and other subjects but the remote control puts me on the wrong side of the camera.

I am about to experiment with a mirror to see if the reflected image of the sensor could be used but I am hoping someone might have a better suggestion.

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06-20-2009, 02:12 PM   #2
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I have seen an attachment to the lens (like a fan with a hole or clip), just like a plastic reflective thing being sold, I forgot where (probably flea bay), that extends upwards or to the right of the camera, so that the remote beam can be bounced off that if you were at the back of the camera.
If you had the K10D or K20D, then, both of those also has a sensor on the back.
I'll go browse the net to see if I can locate again what I mentioned above.
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Here's one solution I found if you want to do it the "fun" way.

Link: Wired / Wireless remote IR control - The Digital Video Information Network
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Can't find the thing to attach to the lens again so you can bounce the IR, but it's something like a fast cap, only oblong in shape with a reflective surface.
Oblong so that the surface extends beyond the body of the camera so you can aim at it from behind.
You can probably alter a fast cap (1101521 Op/Tech 52mm FastCap Lens Cap) and attach a reflective piece (at back front of cap so that when it is in open position, the reflective surface is pointing towards the cameras back) of rectangle on it.
Another easy way is just to position a mirror from the front of the camera so you can see the IR sensor from behind.

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GerryL,

Thanks for your quick reply and for your efforts.

I have found an easy and satisfactory and cheap solution. No fancy equipment and no complicated electrical connections.

An old CD.
I attached a small flexible arm to the camera's accessory shoe and the CD to a little clamp on the other end of the arm.
It is very easy to set up because the reflection of the camera's sensor from the CD is fuzzy and spread out so my aiming of the remote release is not at all critical.
Surprise! It worked the first time I tried it.

I would send a photo of my set up but I only have one digital camera.

Mickey

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Great idea Mickey.
Cheap, easy and effective.
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Yep, that's another way of finding an attachment for it (accessory shoe)!
Nice idea!
Photos of your set-up would be great and probably would insipre others to do the same.
Cheers!
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"I would send a photo of my set up but I only have one digital camera.".

Place the camera in front of a mirror and take a picture, image quality does not have to be perfect.
Like to see your setup.

Cheers. MIke.

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If you have a cellphone with a cam, you can use that too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
If you have a cellphone with a cam, you can use that too.
I happily gave up my cell phone when I retired.
No blueberry or raspberry or any kind of electronic fruit.
TV by rabbit ears.
I am a Luddite.

I'll see what I can rig up tomorrow.

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06-21-2009, 07:59 PM   #11
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mirror

well since your using fun ways of reflecting the IF signal this should be a easy way of taking a picture of your setup...use a mirror
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"I'll see what I can rig up tomorrow."

It is tomorrow so here it is.
The Flare Buster.






It may be used in any position as long as the camera's remote sensor is visible in it.

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That is cool as heck, talk about thinking out side of the box.
Great!.
Thank`s for sharing..

Cheers. Mike.
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That just blows my mind... what's this flare buster?
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That just blows my mind... what's this flare buster?
It's a baseball cap bill for your camera!
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