Slave flash for cheap digital cameras?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by PNWestposter, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. PNWestposter

    PNWestposter Guest

    Practically all of my indoor (flash aided) shots with my Kodak DX4530 are
    too dark. I now accept that given ISO and lack of manual over-rides, this
    will always be the case. The camera takes great o/door shots ...and good
    unaided daylight indoor pix.

    My question to the group, is has anyone used the relatively cheap ($59 on
    ebay) slave flash units made by Bower or Phoenix? These units *do not*
    require a hot shoe .....and are mounted on the accessory shoe of the
    enclosed mounting bracket, which is screwed on to the tripod mount of the
    camera. Alternatively, they can evidently be set up on a mini tripod and be
    triggered by the camera's flash.

    My understanding is that these are pretty much compatible with any point and
    shoot digital camera. I'm quite interested in whether the little extra
    "boost" will make these pictures tolerable w/out having to resort to PC
    software enhancement.

    PNWestposter, Jan 3, 2005
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    JohnR66 Guest

    These should work as long as you don't use redeye reduction mode, or the
    camera prefires the flash for exposure check or whatever before the main
    JohnR66, Jan 3, 2005
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  3. You want to get the ones specifically for digitals that fire a preflash if
    you camera does this. They cost a bit more but are worth it. I keep one with
    a tiny tripod in my bag in case I want to light up areas that are beyond the
    reach of my on camera flash.
    Gene Palmiter, Jan 3, 2005
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    A Walker Guest

    Yes, I use this sort of system - sometimes with 2 flashguns. A tip -
    tape a piece of exposed negative film over the camera flash - this
    allows through IR to trigger the slaves but cuts out the light from
    the flash - which stops it casting shadows behind the subject.
    A Walker, Jan 4, 2005
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    Steve Guest

    Ritz Camera has a bare bones slave flash for 20 bucks.

    Steve, Jan 21, 2005
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