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Old Jan 30, 2006, 4:06 PM   #1
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Greetings from the UK

I have been given a Panasonic FZ30 camera as a birthday present and want to know if I can use my old Canon Speedlite safely on it.

I am almost sure I read somewhere about how old flashes designed for use with 35mm SLRs can damage modern digital cameras due to them using different voltages. Is this true and is there any way I can use my old flash safely? I had thought of using it via a slave unit? I know I will have to experiment with exposure settings and that I won't be able to use the 300TL's dedicated features but it seems crazy to spend out money on an external flash for my FZ30 if I don't need to.

Cheers for any help forthcoming

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Old Jan 30, 2006, 7:40 PM   #2
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The Panasonic DMC-FZ30 conforms to ISO 10330 (trigger voltageof under 24 volts).

You can find a list of trigger voltages for a number of strobes here (but, to be safer, check any flash with a volt meter before using).

http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

For flexibility, you may want to consider something else (i.e., an Auto Thyristor type flash with multiple aperture ranges), since your flash will probably fire at full power and require you to stop down the aperture until you find a setting that works forn the distance you're shooting at.

Heck, I bought two used Auto Thyristor type flashes recently for practically nothing (I'm going to use 'em with a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D via a hot shoe adapter).

I got a Sunpak 222 Auto (2 Auto Aperture Ranges, ISO scale adjustable from 25 - 1000 + Manual Power Settings, GN 72 ft., Tilt) for $7.00 from http://www.keh.com

I also got a Sunpak 333 Auto (3 Auto Aperture Ranges + Manual Power Settings, GN 100 ft., Tilt, Swivel, Zoom) for $25.00 from http://www.bhphotovideo.com (like new in box in 10 condition).

I see one on Ebay now with a "buy it now" price of only $8.99

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Old Feb 11, 2006, 2:58 PM   #3
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Is a Minolta Maxxum 2800 AF flash totally out of the question for use with the KM 5D?

JimC, you refer to a hotshoe; is there a specific one for the 5D?
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would ebay item #7587911384 do the job with a sunpak auto 383 super flash?

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Old Feb 12, 2006, 3:23 PM   #4
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Is a Minolta Maxxum 2800 AF flash totally out of the question for use with the KM 5D?
If you can get it to fire, it will only work at full power (the camera won't be able to control it's output).

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JimC, you refer to a hotshoe; is there a specific one for the 5D?
[img]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/deltasig/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/img]
would ebay item #7587911384 do the job with a sunpak auto 383 super flash?
Well, it looks like it's probably the right type of adapter to give it an ISO standard hotshoe. The correct Minolta adapter is the FS1100.

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