"PC sync socket" for flash

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jeff Edwards, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. Jeff Edwards

    Jeff Edwards Guest

    Just bought a Voigtlander (Voigtländer) Vitomatic I rangefinder,
    originally sold in the very late 1950s and very early 1960s. Several
    websites say it has a pc sync socket for flash. A Google search on
    "pc sync socket" did not readily reveal whether that term is a
    universal standard, permitting me to use any flash described as such
    on the camera. Nor did I find any information about whether any and
    all inexpensive electronic flashes existed that had such a sync and/or
    might work on the camera.

    (By the way, I have a flash from the period that was apparently used
    with the camera, an Agfalux, but while the 22.5V battery is still sold
    by Radio Shack, the #5 flash bulbs are expensive enough to warrant a
    CALL! in the price column of the internet's premier flash bulb
    supplier. While I might like to try old flash bulbs under limited
    circumstances, I'd like to make this a working indoor, as well as
    outdoor, camera, at minimum expense. Which rules out flash bulbs.)

    Can anyone explain whether I can use any flash unit described as
    having a "pc sync socket" on this camera?

    Jeff Edwards

    (Please do not reply directly to my email address).
     
    Jeff Edwards, Aug 30, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    Jeff Edwards <> wrote:
    > Just bought a Voigtlander (Voigtländer) Vitomatic I rangefinder,
    > originally sold in the very late 1950s and very early 1960s. Several
    > websites say it has a pc sync socket for flash. A Google search on
    > "pc sync socket" did not readily reveal whether that term is a
    > universal standard, permitting me to use any flash described as such
    > on the camera. Nor did I find any information about whether any and
    > all inexpensive electronic flashes existed that had such a sync and/or
    > might work on the camera.
    >


    >
    > Can anyone explain whether I can use any flash unit described as
    > having a "pc sync socket" on this camera?
    >



    You need a flash that provides a pc sync cable connection. One problem is
    which connector.

    http://www.paramountcords.com/

    Look at pictures.

    You should be able to connect any flash. Modern cameras have issues
    with high voltage but you won't have to worry about that. Does the camera
    have a cold shoe? Or some other way of mounting the flash? Or do you need
    something with a bracket?

    You mentioned bulbs I think. Does the camera have both a X and a M
    connection? You need to use X. M is for bulbs.

    Nick
     
    Nick Zentena, Aug 30, 2004
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    Jeff Edwards <> wrote:
    > Just bought a Voigtlander (Voigtl?nder) Vitomatic I rangefinder,
    > originally sold in the very late 1950s and very early 1960s. Several
    > websites say it has a pc sync socket for flash. A Google search on
    > "pc sync socket" did not readily reveal whether that term is a
    > universal standard, permitting me to use any flash described as such
    > on the camera. Nor did I find any information about whether any and
    > all inexpensive electronic flashes existed that had such a sync and/or
    > might work on the camera.


    The pc (Prontor-Compur) flash connector is a universal standard.
    There were a couple of competing standards in the 1950s, but
    every camera nowadays uses either a pc socket or a hot shoe connection
    or both. Most flashes should have a cable socket on them to which you
    can connect a cord with a pc connector. The connector at the
    flash end can vary with the flash manufacturer, but the connector
    at the camera end is always the same.

    You can also get an adaptor with a hot shoe on top which fits into
    your camera's "cold" accessory shoe and has a short wire which you
    can plug into the pc socket on your shutter. Any large camera
    store (and some small ones) should be able to get what you need.
    You can enter item #s KAPCHSAQ and HAPCHSA on the B&H photo
    website <www.bhphotovideo.com> if you want to know what they look
    like or to order one.

    Your camera has a leaf shutter and will sync properly at all
    shutter speeds.

    Best of luck

    Peter.
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    Peter Irwin, Aug 30, 2004
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