IR sensor on back of camera

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jprny Regular Member • Posts: 180
IR sensor on back of camera

Is there any reason that there isn't an IR sensor on the back of SONY cameras for the remote? Am I missing something, or does everyone else have to reach around their camera to use the remote when taking a picture of anything on a tripod other than yourself?
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BertIverson Veteran Member • Posts: 3,936
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

jprny wrote:

Is there any reason that there isn't an IR sensor on the back of SONY cameras for the remote? Am I missing something, or does everyone else have to reach around their camera to use the remote when taking a picture of anything on a tripod other than yourself?

Good point. But I just bought a cheap wireless trigger off eBay. And with this wireless remote, you can still use the other drive options simultaneously. But Sony should have done something smarter.
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wombat37 Regular Member • Posts: 151
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

I have one of these with my a700.

It's not a very well thought out implementation.

I've tried to use it to take photos of groups with me in them. I'm always the one seen holding the remote control - it won't work if you try to hold the remote behind your back or in your pocket.

I've also tried to use it for macro work where you position the camera carefully on a tripod etc. You then have to hold the remote in front of the camera and probably disturb anything you are photographing.

Finally you can't use it with any of the special modes (bracketing, muliple images, etc. etc.)

I don't really know what situations it would be any use for.

A waste of money in my mind. Radio wireless would be far superior.

Andy

Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,894
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

from the back of the camera you can sneak up on it and press the shutter button
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yakkosmurf Senior Member • Posts: 2,098
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

I concur with the others. I've never felt the need for it. I take a lot of long exposure tripod shots, and the best is to use the two second time. On the DSLR cams, that performs the mirror lock up feature, which helps cut more vibration than the use of a wireless remote from behind it would. If it's not long exposure, I'll just push the shutter button.
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OP jprny Regular Member • Posts: 180
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

I've always used a remote, either wired or wireless, to avoid moving things when hitting the shutter.

Mirror lockup not an issue with my A77 ;-).

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The other posters here haven't used

a camera with a rear IR pickup, apparently. Once you get used to it (I've shot with a few Pentax and Olympus DSLR's with it) you never want to go without it again.

Nope, Sony's don't have a rear IR pickup and I've mentioned it to Sony many times during our meetings that its better to have it on the rear than the front, or have both.

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Glenn Veteran Member • Posts: 7,894
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

there are a lot of wireless 2.4ghz ones you can get that will work across 100's of feet from any angle. no matter what amount of IR sensors you festoon the camera with there are always limitations with IR remotes. The Sony one is a pain just because you can't carry it in a bag without hitting a button and the battery running flat on you. i use a wired one now with timers and counters. it was only 30 bucks and it's worked great for everything i've done so far and my flash triggers can also wirelessly release the shutter although i've never tried it that way.
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OP jprny Regular Member • Posts: 180
Re: IR sensor on back of camera

Thanks. Curious about which wired trigger you're using?
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