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Old Mar 13, 2004, 2:42 PM   #1
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Default PC Sync hotshoe adapter for 300D

Is there a PC Sync hotshoe adapter for the 300D since it doesn't have a PC Sync socket? Do the Canon 420 or 550 even accept a sync cord? I guess I'm wondering is there any way to use a flash with the Rebel on something like a stroboframe or custom made bracket for macro? And if the 420 or 550 won't work what will?
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Old Mar 13, 2004, 4:54 PM   #2
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There is no PC sync cord available for the DRebel. Canon does make a hot shoe cord that will take the flash off camera. B&H has it for around $45.
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 2:32 AM   #3
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Is this what you're looking for?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=245292&is=REG

This unit also reduces the voltage down to 6 volts so you can use older lighting systems with a newer camera.

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Old Mar 14, 2004, 8:44 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. That's exactly what I was looking for. I had checked B&H but evidently my search didn't work. This is actually better than I hoped for due to the voltage regulation and being able to use an older flash. Maybe I won't have to park my 383 quite yet. I really like being able to set my flash manually. As I haven't seen a 432 or 555 in person are they even able to use a sync cord? Ads for them don't mention a cord being included nor have I seen one pictured. Obviously getting a cord isn't a problem but wonder if they are even designed to take one.
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 11:12 AM   #5
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crazycharlie: I bought the Wein safe-sync filter & It will not work with either my Sunpak 522 or 544. Canon says this is because the older flash units are TTL & you have to get a New E-TTL flash. I can however, use it with my EOS Elan 7. I bought the 420EX but wish I had bought the New Sunpak PZ40X as it has Manual Overide - reasonably priced at B&H for $149.00 - BUT in Silver only. I did find Adorama has it in Black but it is $169.00. My 383 has gone with my T90 to my son. If I ever sell that camera & get him an EOS camera, I will keep the 383 for my EOS-3.
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 11:47 AM   #6
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Thanks Railfire. Checked Adorama and it appears they carry the Sunpak in black at $149 but it's out of stock due to backorder:

http://www.adorama.com/SUPZ40XEOSB.h...Z40X&item_no=4

The one I saw at $169 was for Nikon.

This one would solve the problem of manual control but still can't be used off camera on a bracket without a controllling flash mounted on the camera hotshoe. Perhaps there is no inexpensive solution ...yet!
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 12:07 PM   #7
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Ran across this article on using the Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter:

http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/frary/st_e2.htm

It allows off-camera use of the 420EX or the 550EX. $179.95 at B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=164264&is=REG

That would solve the off-camera problem but still appears you would only have some manual control with the 520EX. Wonder if the Sigma can be used with the transmitter?
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 1:53 PM   #8
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How about something like this?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...u=52884&is=REG

I used to use one of these (similar) quite a while ago and it worked well.

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Old Mar 14, 2004, 4:09 PM   #9
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Guys...

For the same price as the ST-E2, one can get the Sigma 500DG Super which not only can act as an ST-E2 when its flash head is turn off, but is a full featured flash and can provide all 3 groups wireless control just like the 550EX. This is better than the ST-E2 which is limited to group A and B only, ie no group C for flash exposure compensation!

FYI - This is a link to an older generation EF-500 Super (ie non-DG which is re-designed for digital cameras): http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...?msg_id=0051x0
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Old Mar 14, 2004, 5:46 PM   #10
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NHL, you make a great point--why not get the Sigma and expand from there. Thanks.
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