Courtenay Colorflash

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by yq2, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. yq2

    yq2 Guest

    Anybody have any experience with Courtenay Photonics Colorflash 100? I was
    offered three of these for £60, but wondering if they are worth that value.

    With kind regards,
    yq2, Oct 10, 2004
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    You will need brollies and so on, and it is a very old design so you're
    unlikely to get any softboxes, etc. to fit. If they are still reliable, and
    you need the kit, you won't get anywhere near the price elsewhere.
    Mark Dunn, Oct 10, 2004
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  3. Yes, that's fair. They originally cost nearly £100 each in 1975. They
    will overheat if used for a serious job where you shoot with a modern
    camera and motordrive to take pix as fast as they recycle - they have a
    thermal cut out, and you think the flash is caput, but it comes back to
    life an hour later.

    They have a NEGATIVE polarity sync lead and should not be connected to
    any digital camera - especially consumer digicams with purely electronic
    shutters - without using an isolating flash sync box from Wein or
    another maker doing these 'flash safe' devices. They also should not be
    connected to Olympus OM or Minolta XD cameras without a reversing sync
    lead to change the polarity.

    David Kilpatrick, Oct 10, 2004
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    yq2 Guest

    Thanks guys for the suggestions. I will make a decision based on your
    yq2, Oct 11, 2004
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