pkTriggerCord makes tethered shooting with Pentax DSLR possible in Linux

pkTriggerCord makes tethered shooting with Pentax DSLR possible in Linux

Tethered shooting is a bit complicated subject. Whatever OS, usually you either use manufacturer's software or have a limited access to cameras. Until recently on Linux you were happy if you were Canon or Nikon camera owner. Thanks to Andras Salamon and his newly released pkTriggerCord application owners of Pentax DSLR cameras now can do tethered shooting too.

The application is based on an earlier abandoned project called PK-Remote and contains console version and simple user interface with configurable aperture, shutter speed, ISO and EC. If you shoot to JPEG, you can also setup resolution, compression quality, saturation, sharpness, contrast and hue rotation.

pktriggercord, tethered shooting app for Pentax

The console version allows defining amount of pictures to take which somewhat simplifies creating timelapses.

pkTriggerCord fully supports the following Pentax cameras:

  • Pentax K-x
  • Pentax K10D (Samsung GX-10)
  • Pentax K20D (Samsung GX-20)
  • Pentax istDS
  • Pentax K200D
  • Pentax K-7
  • Pentax K-r
  • Pentax K-5

And partially supports the following ones:

  • Pentax istD
  • Pentax istDS2
  • Pentax istDL
  • Pentax K110D
  • Pentax K100D

You can download both source code, a build for Mandriva 2010.2, and a build for Windows (GTK should be installed separately) in case you are not happy with native software from Pentax.

A separate app, however, is not that much fun if you want to use regular photography workflow tools such as darktable that on Linux rely on gPhoto. Henrik Andersson, a darktable developer, took liberty to ask gPhoto team whether they could reuse this code. The answer from one of developers was "As we support SCSI passthrough these days, this is entirely possible. Will have a look.". Which is not exactly a promise, but we thought you'd be glad to hear it nevertheless.

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