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
    Colyn, Feb 7, 2004
  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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