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Old Feb 25, 2004, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default Nikon D100 and studio flash Sync cable

I have heard, rightly or wrongly that a potential danger of damage to a digital camera can occur, when connected to a studio flash head via the sync cable - has anyone out there heard of anything similar? if not why do a company named Wein Inc manufacture a hot shoe adapter described as " a hot shoe PC adaptor witha built-in voltage regulator that will protect any of the latest digital/conventional cameras from the potentially damaging trigger voltages of older flash heads reducing it to a safe 6v max" Any feedback most appreciated
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Old Feb 26, 2004, 8:36 PM   #2
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Lower quality strobes may actually put the trip voltage right through the sync cable to the camera and electronic cameras, digital and otherwise don't like this. The strobe specs should tell you what the sync voltage is. Look at the specs for monolights like elinchrom or white lighning - low trigger voltage and safe.
Of course, don't electrically connect all of your lights to the camera, just one, and sync the others off of the one connected.
Better yet, use a wireless trigger for maximum safety and wireless freedom.
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Old Mar 3, 2004, 4:28 PM   #3
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Absolutely right - older strobes can apply as much as 250-500V through the sync contacts - ouch :shock: Needless to say, that can fry modern electronics in a flash (pun intended :twisted: )

The Wein SafeSync will isolate the strobe's trigger voltage from the camera circuitry and also corrects for reverse polarity too.

When in doubt - isolate!

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