Recommendations for an external flash for use on a camera with no hot shoe or peripheral connection

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Guest, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest


    I'm currently a user of a Panasonic FZ-20 and am now considering
    getting the Panasonic FZ-18 which has a greater zoom.
    However the FZ-18 only has an intregal flash & no hot shoe or
    peripheral connection to allow connection to an eternal flash.

    So I will be looking for an eternalflash with a built in flash slave
    unit or will work with an add on flash slave unit to be triggered from
    the camera's built in flash.
    Any recommendations for either please?

    Guest, Jan 15, 2008
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    ray Guest

    It used to use a hot shoe slave with my old Kodak CD 210+ - works fine.
    The flash I used was an old unit I used to use with my 35mm SLR.
    ray, Jan 15, 2008
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    Morton Guest


    Metz makes a small flash with digital programming,with a bracket to
    attach to the camera's tripod socket. It has a slave built-in that
    responds to the camera's integral flash. I don't remember its number,
    but it is something like 28D.

    Morton, Jan 16, 2008
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    Morton Guest

    Poster is asking about a camera with no hot shoe.
    Morton, Jan 16, 2008
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    ray Guest

    Exactly. A hot shoe slave is a device which you attach to the flash unit.
    It has a hot shoe and a light sensor. When it senses the flash from the
    camera firing, it fires the flash attached to it. I've used this in the
    past - seems as though none of the older digital cameras had a flash that
    was good for more than about 15 feet. This sucker helped me shoot an
    entire auditorium with an old flash unit I used to use on my 35mm SLR.
    The only kicker was holding it so it would catch the flash from the
    camera and still have the attached flash pointed in the right direction,
    but it worked quite well.
    ray, Jan 16, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Hmmm I am able to undestand Ray, but don't understand what you are trying
    to correct here. I see

    1. The OP mentions camera has no Hot-Shoe

    2. Then Ray repsonse that Ray uses Hot-Shoe-Slave which an external device
    to hold the Flash.

    Or pretty much saying if you don't have show then you may consider a
    slipper which would keep your feet touching ground too.
    Joel, Jan 16, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    There are tons of slave-trigger-flash sell for around $2-5 a pop, and it
    should work with about all flashes. Yes, there are flashes with built-in
    slave-trigger too.
    Joel, Jan 16, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Very true, but be prepared for your strobe being set off every time
    someone else within range takes a flash picture.
    Peter, Jan 17, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Yup! that's very true, and that's one of the reasons many people spend
    extra money on Wireless Radio (or wired in studio, IR beam etc..). I have
    wireless radio for both strobes, and camera itself. I also use 2 Canon
    580EX Speedlite flashes which can fire other 580EX from xx feet away.
    Joel, Jan 17, 2008
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