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Old May 10, 2011, 9:19 PM   #1
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Going through my closet, I found an old Sunpak Auto 355AF Thyristor

But unfortunately, it is too old to mount to my hot shoe.

Still working after 14 years with a bright flash!
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Going through my closet, I found an old Sunpak Auto 355AF Thyristor

But unfortunately, it is too old to mount to my hot shoe.

Still working after 14 years with a bright flash!
You can still use it off-camera with a Cactus remote trigger.
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Would that or any other remote work with my Fujifilm HS10?
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Would that or any other remote work with my Fujifilm HS10?
I use it all the time when I shoot flash. I *never* use the onboard flash and only use the hotshoe flash (a modified Vivitar 2800D) when I'm forced to.
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Yeah, the built-in flash isn't great at all. I wish there was a connection I could buy to make it fit my hotshoe. Otherwise, I will buy a Vivitar that is compatible with my camera.
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gjtoth: With this flash, I noticed like I said that is isn't a hotshoe, rather a bunch of little pins on the bottom. I've seen some kind of adapters to make it fit on a hotshoe, do you know of any?
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Yeah, the built-in flash isn't great at all. I wish there was a connection I could buy to make it fit my hotshoe. Otherwise, I will buy a Vivitar that is compatible with my camera.
The HS-10 does not have TTL. Therefore, you can only set the flash in Manual mode (the flash). You will not need, nor will the HS-10 recognize, any more or less pins other than the center pin (trigger voltage pin). If you do not know the trigger voltage, it's a dangerous thing to put ANY flash in that hotshoe. That's why I recommended you use it off-camera (among other reasons). If the trigger voltage is too high, you'll fry your camera. I don't know what the trigger voltage is for the HS-10 and I don't see it listed in the manual's specs. Perhaps, someone will jump in here to help out in this aspect. I did find this http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html I *appears* your Sunpak may be used safely but that's YOUR CALL.
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I know it wouldn't recognize the other pins, I was wondering if there was an adapter to make it fit with the trigger voltage pin.

Also, the flash is only triggered at 3.3V, so it is under the limit of 50V.

So, if I did use it off camera, could you post a link of what I would need to buy to use it?
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I have a powerful Braun flash that I bought with my A1 in the late '70's. Still works perfectly, though the switching voltage is too high to use on my digital cameras, the recycling time is quite long, and it whistles whilst recharging. But as an additional off-camera flash it's great!
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