old Soligor flash with Pentax DSLR

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by pavel, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. pavel

    pavel Guest

    hello everybody,
    sorry about this stupid question but i didn't manage to find a
    satisfactory answer to it: I am a fresh owner of DSLR Pentax K100D.
    With my old 35mm body I have used SOLIGOR TIF 340 flashgun (Pentax
    dedicated, of course). It isn't a TTL so my problem is not if the TTL
    will work with a DSLR body. My problem is if I can use my flash /in
    manual or auto mode/ without any risk of damaging my body. Since I
    don't suppose you have experience with this combination, I generalize
    my querry- what is your experience with using a flashgun dedicated to
    an analog SLR with a DSLR? (not necessarily Pentax). If it depends on
    the model of the camera and/or the flash, is there a way to determine,
    wheather my flash is able to damage my new digital body (some
    measurements of something). From what I have read I understand that the
    voltage of the impulse given by the flash to the camera is the issue.
    (However- doesn't this apply to TTL flashes only? I have always thought
    that a non-TTL flash doesn't send any signals to the camera. What would
    be the point?)
    To be brief- should I worry about my DSLR body using an old flash
    Thanks for any help
    pavel, Nov 2, 2006
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  2. Look at: http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

    There is list of different flashes and voltages they use,
    maybe that helps.
    Jyrki Valkama, Nov 2, 2006
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  3. pavel

    Mojtaba Guest

    Sorry, I do not have the answer for your question BUT, I have read
    that old flashgunsproduce high voltage which may ruin your new digital
    cameras. By this post I just want to warn you not to test the flash
    gun on youur digital camera. Perhaps your best bet is to ask Pentax
    about the combo.

    Mojtaba, Nov 2, 2006
  4. In a word - yes, you should. Unless and until you can determine the
    flash's trigger voltage, don't try it. Damage to the camera could be
    immediate and extensive.

    That said, reasonably modern units like your dedicated Soligor USUALLY
    trigger at a safe 5V or so; but....
    Scott Schuckert, Nov 2, 2006
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