The Polaroid Wink-Light

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jim-Ed Browne, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Does anyone remember these? They might be the answer to the bitching I
    hear on the lack of fast X Sync flash on "classic" focal plane shutter
    cameras. They used a capacitor discharge arrangement to flash a common
    flashlight bulb brightly (they lasted for about a hundred uses). They
    still make batteries, flashlight bulbs and capacitors AFAIK.
    Jim-Ed Browne, Apr 24, 2004
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  2. Well, they certainly don't make the 45V battery that the original
    Wink-Light used. I've seen some modern conversions with five 9V
    batteries, or with AA's and a high voltage transformer.

    Remember, though, the Wink-Light was used with ISO 3000 B&W film. The
    light wasn't all that bright, and I doubt the color temperature was
    much above 3000K.

    Heck, I'd rather someone make FP flashbulbs again. If the camera has FP
    sync (most older ones do) they can be used at nearly any shutter speed
    - with regular daylight color film.

    if you don't remember them, they had a light output curve long and flat
    enough that it didn't matter that the entire frame wasn't being exposed
    at the same time (with the traveling slit of a Focal Plane shutter at
    higher speeds).
    Scott Schuckert, Apr 24, 2004
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  3. They still make 45V batteries: probably that particular one, but I'm
    not sure. They were used primarily for tube portable radios.

    I think the Wink-Light was popular before 3000 Speed film came into
    popular use.

    In any event, small switchmode supplies used for various displays are
    cheaply available today. They are probably cheaper than the 45V
    Jim-Ed Browne, Apr 25, 2004
  4. Jim-Ed Browne

    Peter Chant Guest

    Why would you want a wink light when we have electronic flash?
    Peter Chant, Apr 26, 2004
  5. Jim-Ed Browne

    Francis Roy Guest

    If anyone is interested I have a card from either Sylvania or GE stating
    M-3 flashbulbs can be used with most late model focal plane shutters.
    I have used them with an M-3 with good results.
    Email me for guide numbers.

    Francis in VT
    PS: I didn't see the original Wink-light post but I would think the
    oversized non standardized Polaroid shoe would cause other problems.

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    Francis Roy, Apr 26, 2004
  6. You would have to do some hardware hacking. The poster who asked the
    dumb question earlier: The duration of light from the xenon flash is
    extremely short (Edgerton et al)whereas the Wink-Light pulses an
    incandescent bulb which has a relatively long duration. This is needed
    to illuminate the whole frame as the focal plane shutter moves across
    the film area.
    Jim-Ed Browne, Apr 27, 2004
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