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Old Feb 24, 2003, 6:37 AM   #1
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Hi,

I am wondering if I need a special slave flash trigger for a CP2000 or will a normal one work OK? Anyone tried slave flash on a CP2000? How well does it handle the extra light?

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Also this may be useful to some:

http://sound.westhost.com/df100.htm

A DIY slave flash trigger module for digital cameras. About $30 U.S.
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Old Feb 25, 2003, 10:50 AM   #2
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atsc,
I don't know if your coolpix 2000 use preflash or not ( my CP950 doesn't)

read this:
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...?p=33488#33488

- If your cam preflash, the srelectronic flash will do
- if your cam doesn't preflash, the quantaray will do, as any other flash with a normal slave cell.
- another alternative is anyflash with a wein device
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Old Feb 25, 2003, 8:58 PM   #3
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[quote="KCan"]atsc,

Thanks very much for the pointer. Trying the flash out shows that yes there are two flashes even if red eye is not used. So a special slave it will have to be...

I might buy the kitsit mentioned in my previous post so I can add it to any flash I like...

This guys digital pro slave flash add on also looks interesting but a bit beyond my little coolpix 2000 me thinks...

http://www.kety.home.pl/arten/
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Old Feb 25, 2003, 11:44 PM   #4
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atsc,

http://www.kety.home.pl/arten/
Not to put down anything or anyone, but IMHO , this rather looks like a bulky homemade design , of course will suits a specific needs in a particular context ( like mine some time ago http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2183 ) , but certainly is not a first choice for you.

My opinion is you are better with the srelectronic flash , compact and in 1 piece ; there are also few other manufactures which have this kind of flash , for example I found this one while searching on the net:
http://www.morrisccc.co.jp/Contents/midislaveDi.htm

You can also use any flash ,in manual and auto-mode, by triggering it with an appropriate wein device:
http://www.weinproducts.com/batteryfree.htm

also some more infos in this thread:
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=6111


I must say that I never use any wein devices , so can’t inform you more about, maybe others may help you more about this.
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Thanks for that.

Just be aware that SR are mostly Achiever brand flashes either sourced from same source achiever does or rebadged and modified. You get what you pay for. - Bulky, not cheap (compared to Achiever), ugly looking and made who knows where out of who knows what.

Anyway I live in Australia, I'll need to look locally...
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Thanks for that.

Anyway I live in Australia, I'll need to look locally...
Well I looked and picked up a cheapish Sunpak Digital Remote Lite II This is a very basic GN12 (metres) flash with one switch that offers off/test, preflash and normal modes. There are no other options and no way to vary power output etc. Uses 2 AA batteries including NimH. I'll probably use Sanyo 2100maH ones.

Cost was around A$99

Comes with a simple bracket to place the flash to the left of the camera.

I like this cheap flash as a) it matches the look of the camera b) matches the size of the camera and is simple to operate. More power is no use to me as I mainly do close up/macro and micro work.

As to effectiveness, a bit of testing taking three shots
1. without flash
2. With built in flash and
3. With Both flashes

1. Testing shows that with no flash the camera cannot hold its own indoors at night. Image is yellow/orange and blurry due to slow shutter.
2. With built in flash, image is rather gray and ashen looking.
3. With both flashes the image is much more like daylight even if a bit overexposed up close.

I haven't had a chance to fiddle with the adjustable exposure on the camera to see if this improves things.

I'm going to find some exposed slide film to put over the built in flash and hopefully this little puppy will still work fine and have better exposure...

Anyway it works for me. Only minor quibble is wasting power when swithing off as for some reason they have coupled this to the test function.

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I'm going to find some exposed slide film to put over the built in flash and hopefully this little puppy will still work fine and have better exposure...
Andrew,
Glad that you found the right thing for you .

You can also use some milk bottle plastic to alter the flash output to avoid overexposure ( I use this cheap trick sometime with my D7i's on board flash in close / macro shots, work just great)

For macro shots, you can also bounce the flash over disposable dishes used as an “umbrella” , great result also.

For color, you could also play on different color balance settings on your camera
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2. With built in flash, image is rather gray and ashen looking.
This is probably because the camera choose a high ISO setting
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Old Mar 2, 2003, 3:44 PM   #9
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Well, despite being "too late," I'll post that giving consideration to Metz units with a SCA 3083 slave adapter is a pretty smart move as well. WHEN -- not if -- you get a new and more capable camera, you simply buy a new SCA module that affords you to use flash/camera TTL capabilities.

I finally got the above slave to use with my Metz 32Z-2 and, though I've not had the time to test it fully, the shots I have taken have been pretty darn good.
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