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Cheap IR remote?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Imasphere, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Imasphere

    Imasphere TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 22, 2014
    Has anyone bought one of these cheap generic infrared remotes from e-bay?

    http://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=Nex6+remote&rt=nc&LH_BIN=1

    I am simply looking for a remote that will allow me to use the bulb mode and hold the shutter open for a long period of time for astronomy photos but none of the models I've seen don't say if they will work in bulb mode.
    I am still wondering why Sony did not include the bulb option in its smartphone remote.

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  2. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    I had two of those super cheap ones with only two buttons, and they broke quickly. Now I use the newer Sony one, and it works great. Could have been just bad luck, though.
     
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  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    I use one. One click to start Bulb mode, one click to stop. No issues in two and a half years.
     
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  4. Imasphere

    Imasphere TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 22, 2014
    Thanks guys. Bimbo, is it the same model as the one I posted?

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  5. Vincepad

    Vincepad TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 29, 2013
    I spent 6.99 on a remote by Opteka from Amazon. It's in my bag getting beaten up constantly and it functions perfectly. I keep meaning to pick up a couple more, since at that price, they're essentially disposable as far as I'm concerned.

    EDIT: Mine is the two button version - a shutter release and a two second delay shutter release. Works perfectly.
     
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  6. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Yes. Mine says Photive on it instead of the alpha symbol. There's at least a half dozen outfits selling these under different brand names. All made in the same factory, just different silk screening on the cover.
     
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  7. Imasphere

    Imasphere TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 22, 2014
    Thanks, I'll order it today.

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  8. Yadex

    Yadex TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    I have it and it work great when ever I use it lol !!!!!
     
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  9. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    I'm just curious. Can someone explain why people use wouldn't just use the smartphone remote?

    Using the app I can see what the camera is seeing, change aperture, adjust exposure compensation, ISO and focus point. I can even zoom with the 18-105G. I don't do a lot of remote work, so I don't have a point of reference. All I know is it was great to be able to shoot landscape at a variety of settings without fiddling with the camera and tripod each time.
     
  10. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    In my case, I have a 5n. But not everyone has a smartphone, either.
     
  11. rtex42

    rtex42 TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 14, 2013
    Houston, Texas, USA
    Rick
    WestO,
    Not all NEX cameras have the WiFi feature. The NEX-7 that I use, for instance, does not.
    Having said that, I don't like the IR remotes because, at least on my NEX-7, you can only do single shot (or bulb).
    I shoot a lot of bracketed shots for HDR and like to use the continuous shooting mode in some situations, which is also unavailable when using IR remote.
     
  12. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Thanks. I didn't even realize the NEX-7 didn't have WiFi.
     
  13. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    The only problems with those cheap remotes is that they are easy to lose and their range is limited. I am in process of building a ir remote (software works already but I will build amplifier for ir LEDs) to solve some problems with commercial remotes (intervalometer, continuous shooting, reacting to external stimuli etc.).
     
  14. Imasphere

    Imasphere TalkEmount Regular

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    Jan 22, 2014
    That's a cool project. Let us know how the remote project is coming along. Perhaps you could find some potential customers on this forum for such a remote.

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  15. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    Lots of people make these ir remotes themselves. As a minimum you need a microcontroller, ir LED, battery, switch and suitable library for your camera. I used a Arduino Mini Pro (USD 3.00) and a single ir-diode directly driven by microcontroller (it can source 40 mA) for prototype. I will build a transistor amplifier and put 2-3 ir LEDs in series and drive them 100 mA so I guess I will have something like order of magnitude more power than these cheap ones. Still missing the switch (on-off-on rocker with spring return in other side) but I will make the device such a way that switches are connected via 3.5mm jacks. One input for continuous shooting (adjusted by potentiometer so I can take 11 fps to 1 fph), one for single shot (delay adjusted by potentiometer). Output either ir LEDs to drive camera or optoisolator for flash.