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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gregory L. Hansen)
Subject: Re: Camera Flashes
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 23:09:28 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: Indiana University, Bloomington
References: <email@example.com> <firstname.lastname@example.org>
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 23:09:28 +0000 (UTC)
X-Newsreader: trn 4.0-test62 (21 February 1998)
In article <email@example.com>,
John Muchow wrote:
>>>>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).
I've sent out a few e-mails, but I sort of wanted to get things moving
right away, and I sort of got into this right as Thanksgiving weekend
>>>>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.
Well, all the camera will see is a nine volt battery feeding the gates of
>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.
I've been thinking you're exactly right on that one. I have a soldering
iron, I know how to use it. I might just standardize on two-conductor
1/8" audio plugs, they're cheap and easy to find. Some of the flashes
have built-in cables and I assume (won on eBay auction, not yet arrived)
no generic port, but they just might get built-in cables with audio
connectors, with the originals put somewhere safe in case they're needed.
It'll be relatively cheap, and take a bit of work. I was just working on
some of the hardware and broke off a tap when finishing the last hole...
sigh. Just a bit more work.
"A nice adaptation of conditions will make almost any hypothesis agree
with the phenomena. This will please the imagination but does not advance
our knowledge." -- J. Black, 1803.
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