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Old Dec 6, 2005, 10:27 AM   #1
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I am trying to find an adapter to use a PC sync cord on my Kocak P850 and recently purchased a generic adapter. But it doesn't trigger the flash.

This is the unit I purchased: http://cgi.ebay.com/Hot-Shoe-PC-Sync...QQcmdZViewItem

Is the flash triggered from the common(base) contact and the center contact, like I would have thought? Do I need something with different contacts?

Thanks for your help!

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Old Mar 26, 2006, 5:58 PM   #2
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I have the same problem with an aftermarket hot shoe adapter for my Lumix FZ30.

The adapter is similar to the one you bought on E-bay with a PC socket on the side.

My flash is a Vivitar 285 HVZoomThyristor. The flash will not fire with this setup and I am at a loss as to what to do.

Surely sombody out there has a solution to our problem. How about it guys?
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Old Mar 26, 2006, 6:41 PM   #3
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I sold my P-850 on E-Bay recently, so I cannot refer to the camera or camera manual. But I seem to remember that you had to tell the camera in the menu that you were using an external flash, to make the hot shoe hot. Perhaps that will help.

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Old Mar 26, 2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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I'm afraid not. The flash has to be connected and turned on in order for that menu to even come up on the FZ30. Everything works fine if the flash is attached to the hot shoe but whenI try the flash off camera with the flashcord attached to the PC socket on the adapter which is installed on the hotshoe, the menu does not come up and the flash will not fire.

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