Basic question relating flash sync cord

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by David L, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. David L

    David L Guest

    Hi, i've got an external flash (sunpak 383) with my digital camera (sony
    f717). Would like to try experimenting with using it off-camera, as in
    holding the flash in one hand and taking shots with the other.

    Searching through the net, looks like i need to get a sync cord of some
    description. Does anyone know if flash sync cords are pretty much
    standard? Just wish to more ideas before going to the shops. The flash
    has a connection marked "sync.", but there's no equivalent on the camera
    itself.

    Regards,
    David.
     
    David L, Nov 2, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    You may have to fire the Sunpak with a slave by using the flash on
    camera. Block off / reflect the direct flash so it does not hit the
    subject and the flash is caputure by the slave unit to trigger the Sunpak.
     
    Rob, Nov 2, 2004
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  3. David L

    David L Guest

    thanks Rob i'll look into that.
     
    David L, Nov 2, 2004
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    David L Guest

    David L, Nov 2, 2004
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    mrtran Guest


    I also have the 717 and a 383.
    I purchased a hotshoe with a pc connector. the cable supplied with your
    383 can be fired off camera with this.
    its about 30$aud also try getting a flash grip to use you flash off
    camera
     
    mrtran, Nov 2, 2004
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    Justin Guest

    I had to buy a hot shoe adapter for my last camera. That allowed me to plug
    in the flash sync cord and have the camera trigger my flash just as if it
    was sitting on top of the camera itself.

    J
     
    Justin, Nov 2, 2004
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  7. David L

    David L Guest

    Thanks Justin, it looks like i will have to go this route as well.

    Found link
    http://www.sonycams.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-2569.html

    A radio controlled slave setup would have been very attractive, if it
    were not for the huge size of the receiver (as large as the flash
    itself). Still hopeful to find one where the receiver is tiny.

    Regards,
    David.
     
    David L, Nov 2, 2004
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  8. David L

    David L Guest

    Thanks for that the flash grip idea is great!
     
    David L, Nov 2, 2004
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    First make sure that the camera can withstand the voltage from the flash.
    Many modern cameras are only specified to switch around 6 volts, but many
    older flashes have several hundred volts on their flash terminals.
     
    Bruce Graham, Nov 2, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    Now would you like to buy one of these?
     
    Rob, Nov 3, 2004
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  11. David L

    David L Guest

    hi Rob did you mean to post a link or something? Or you're just
    laughing at me :)
     
    David L, Nov 3, 2004
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  12. David L

    David L Guest

    Thanks Bruce. Found link
    http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html
     
    David L, Nov 3, 2004
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    Rob Guest


    I have a flash grip to sell .
     
    Rob, Nov 3, 2004
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  14. David L

    David L Guest

    oh what sort is it? I must say i'm still researching at this stage.
    Dreaming about a flash grip that will double as a light stand (but easy
    to carry like a monopod) and allow a small umbrella attachment. So i
    could hold it up higher and have further reach for small group shots.
     
    David L, Nov 4, 2004
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    Rob Guest


    You need a manfroto Magic arm that should do the job. Look up Manfroto
    site - arm has ball joint at both ends and folds in the middle. about
    500mm in length. Want to buy one of those as well - i have one for sale.
     
    Rob, Nov 4, 2004
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    unners Guest

    rob, can you give me some details about the flash grip and magic arm
    you're selling? would they work for a 550ex and an off shoe cord with
    a 10d? how much are you looking for?
    email me if you want: dmunwin at utas dot edu dot au
    cheers mate
    dave
     
    unners, Nov 4, 2004
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  17. David L

    David L Guest

    Thanks heaps for that i'll look it up in the morning - too tired
    tonight. My address is dlfoto at bigpond dot net .au
     
    David L, Nov 5, 2004
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    David L Guest

    they look awfully expensive.... :/

     
    David L, Nov 6, 2004
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