scared the hell out of me

Discussion in 'Photography' started by stib, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. stib

    stib Guest

    Dear all :

    I just bought a vintage minolta autopak 600-x from a second hand market.
    it comes with two flash globe sets labelled "sylvania \blue dot \magicube"

    I just removed the tiny battery from the body, which is
    a very old, leaked (and dried) small size battery equiv to size of peanut.

    I stick the globes onto the camera, and I pressed the shutter !!
    the flash works !!

    I just wondered how can a tiny battery so old can power the flash,
    even after it has been removed after 5 mins ?! in a 20+ years old camera ...
     
    stib, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. stib

    Chris Guest

    ....

    Because, my good man, they made things BETTER back then. ;-)

    Could just be a fluke though.
     
    Chris, Feb 7, 2004
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    Colyn Guest

    Some flash cubes did not require a battery to work. A pin on the
    camera body would strick a pin on the flash cube and fire the flash by
    mechanical means..


    Colyn Goodson

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    Colyn, Feb 7, 2004
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  4. stib

    Dr.Mutant Guest


    Colyn, you are exactly correct! That's how the "magicube" flashcubes
    worked. It's called the "piezoelectric effect", the pin hits a
    crystal that induces a small but sufficient amount of current that
    fires the flashbulb. Their marketing department called it Magic!

    Dr. M
     
    Dr.Mutant, Feb 12, 2004
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