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From: jmuchow@SPAMMENOTcamlight.com (John Muchow)
Subject: Re: Camera Flashes
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 21:25:09 GMT
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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>>>I thought I might have to order them. But what are they called? If I
>>>were to look in the Newark catalog, what would I search for?
Unfortunately, they're not available retail...that's the big problem I
I don't have my Nikon service manuals anymore so I can't see what they
call the connectors, but I've always referred to them as "PC
connectors". You can always bring a camera or flash into the camera
repair place to show them. If ordering over the phone, you could try
"PC connector" or "female flash-sync connector"...they should know
what you're referring to.
You could also try calling the factories for any of the flash slave
manufacturers that might have the same connector on them. They'll
definitely have them around. You just have to convince them to sell
them to you. IMHO, be prepared to spend up to$5 each though (unless
they've dropped a lot in price the past few years).
How about buying a bunch of inexpensive adaptor cables (with a female
flash-sync connector on one end and who-cares-what on the other)?
Just cut off the sync connector end with a few inches of cable and
hard wire that end of the cables to your circuits. It would be a LOT
easier to connect each one (than using that tiny connector) and you
can probably find a box/bin filled with damaged cables you can rescue
at any of the larger photo supply houses (if you're in a larger city).
I've forgotten who makes really inexpensive (i.e., cheaply made)
cables like these but it would be worth searching for them.
>>>Well, I was warned against just teeing off on the cables and shorting them
>>>together. I can't imagine what difference it would make, but I had
>>>planned to electrically isolate the cables so each is shorted
I would also advise against connecting multiple flash units in
parallel. The flash sync switches in newer cameras are very delicate
(especially the early digital cameras) and can blow when connected to
high sync voltage flash units or multiple units in parallel
(high-current). I don't know how robust the circuit is in your K1000
so IMHO, if you can afford the time and cost, it would be better to
fire each from its own circuit.
P.S. I'm still thinking it would be easier to replace the connectors
on your cables with a common inexpensive connector and buy the mating
connector for your firing circuits.
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