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Old May 18, 2003, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default Using 3rd party flashes ?

Any one tried using a flash other than the olympus brands with any luck?
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Old May 18, 2003, 12:19 PM   #2
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Check out http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash.html

Also a lot of info at http://www.cliffshade.com/dpfwiw/c-2...lash/index.htm
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Old May 19, 2003, 7:48 AM   #3
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Sunpak 544, Vivitar 285, couple of Nikons, a twenty year old Nissen...
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Old May 19, 2003, 10:46 AM   #4
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Old versions of the Vivitar flash have trigger voltages (the voltage on the socket) as high as 270 volts on the socket (which is way too high for digital cameras). Newer models are near the 6 volts that is recommended for digital cameras.

Some Nissens like the EF20 have a trigger voltage of 180volts (which is again too high). Others are around 10 volts which is borderline...the Nissen 4800GT is 4.55volts.

The Sunpak 544 is safe at 4.6v.

If you try to use a flash that's more than 5 years old, there is risk that it may damage your camera...for sure if it's 20 years old; they didn't have to care about low voltages back then because the cameras used mechanical switches to trigger the flash.

My own Starblitz minitwin measures 225 volts...I could use it with a Wein Safesync, but adding the cost of that and the Oly cable I might as well get a whole new flash that's matched to the camera.

Here's a page with a list of flashes and voltages:
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html
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