Minolta remote connector

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Padu, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Padu

    Padu Guest

    Hi,

    Does anybody knows a source for those 3 pin remote shutter connectors (for
    minolta and sony alpha)? I'm thinking about making a "shutter computer"
    device for my minolta and sony, but I can't find the connector. Do you have
    any hint on where I could find a source?

    Cheers

    Padu
     
    Padu, Sep 11, 2006
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    George K Guest

    George K, Sep 11, 2006
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  3. Padu

    Padu Guest

    "George K"
    I want the connector only, not the whole remote. I'm making my own shutter
    remote device with the following features:

    - Operated by radio frequency, being that the remote is a little 2-button
    keychain, like garage door openers. One button focuses, the other triggers
    the shutter
    - Timed pictures: you can program a time interval between pictures (say one
    picture every half an hour)

    a few others that I'm still thinking.

    I find an absurd that they sell the remote for 50 plus bucks... it is just a
    connector, wire and a button. Materials in this case don't go over $5 in
    high quantities.


    Cheers

    Padu
     
    Padu, Sep 11, 2006
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    Jer Guest

    $1 if you buy it all from China.
     
    Jer, Sep 11, 2006
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  5. Padu

    Padu Guest

    "Jer"

    Isn't that amazing that someone has the audacy of charge $87 just for a
    cable assembly that is not even shielded?

    If I can find the connector, I'll maybe sell the whole device, which has
    actually some meat to it, for less than $50, and that's hand made.


    Cheers

    Padu
     
    Padu, Sep 11, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Whatever it's worth you're paying for the costs, margin, marketing
    expense and profit of everyone who touched it on the way to the store.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 11, 2006
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    George K Guest

    George K, Sep 11, 2006
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  8. Padu

    Padu Guest

    "Alan Browne"

    I work for a hardware/software manufacturer in the USA and some of our
    products costs much more to manufacture, has a lot more components and it is
    still cheaper for the consumer. We also have all these overhead costs. I
    believe the margin component is way disproportionate. I don't believe it is
    lack of economy of scale either... even if 1% of minolta and sony cameras
    (that use such cable) come to buy one of these, it is still a lot.
     
    Padu, Sep 11, 2006
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  9. Padu

    Padu Guest

    "George K"

    That's what I'm doing for my tests right now. I wanted something a bit more
    professional looking. I liked the idea of injection molding though...

    Thanks for the link. Really useful.

    Cheers

    Padu
     
    Padu, Sep 11, 2006
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  10. Padu

    Alan Browne Guest

    Given the quite low volume of these cables that Minolta sold, the
    "store" price is not surprising at all.

    Of course the other issue is the lack of competition for such devices
    which let Minolta (and now Sony) keep the price up.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 12, 2006
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    POHB Guest

    If they made things like these remotes easier to hack for the hobbyist
    they might open up a bigger market for their cameras and make more
    money than they would ever have made selling their propriatory add-ons.
    KM might have gone down that path, Sony have a track record of making
    their stuff a closed shop with stuff like the Memory Stick.
     
    POHB, Sep 12, 2006
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  12. OK I found it. Sorry thie first info was wrong. The people use in fact
    the cable that connects the CDrom or DVD in your computer with the
    sound cart. In fact this is the same connector, that juts need to be
    slightly cut in order to connect perfectly. The you need a switch see
    here for the scheme; http://www.jjmb.nl/content/content.php?Name=Remote
    and the cable of cours. People use sometime the switches used for car
    alarms
     
    maciej.b.markiewicz, Sep 12, 2006
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  13. Padu

    Padu Guest

    Thanks. I had figured that by myself... Now I'm working on building a
    wireless remote and a timed shooter (i.e.: Take 100 pictures 45 seconds
    apart)

    I wonder how people who owns minolta or sony would be interested in such
    device?


    Cheers

    Padu
     
    Padu, Sep 12, 2006
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