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Old Jul 23, 2006, 10:36 PM   #1
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I've looked around and didn't see this information posted (here or on myriad websites.) Unless I've missed it, there is no PC-sync terminal on the Alpha 100. To that end, are they offering a hot-shoe adapter to add PC-sync terminal functionality to the camera?

I've read mention of the PCT-100, but that damn thing is impossible to find for sale. And no mention if it will be compatible.
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Old Jul 23, 2006, 11:38 PM   #2
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You did not miss it, there isn't one. Sony will be selling their own version of the PCT-100 for the A100. Remember this is their "entry level" dSLR, expect future "high end" Alpha cameras to include a PC sync port.
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I would love to wait for a "high end" model to come out, but who knows when that will happen? I think Sony would have been better served coming out with a tweaked 7D for their first release - but hey, what do I know? LOL!

I have no choice but to go with the A100 for now. Why invest in a replacement 7D when I'll wind up in the same "we can't fix it" boat? I can't afford to invest in an entirely different system, either.

Have you seen the replacement for the PCT-100? Has a model number been released?

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Old Jul 24, 2006, 6:36 AM   #4
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I don't see any on the Sonystyle web site yet.

But, you can get a PC Sync Port a couple of other ways.

One is with a third party adapter that gives you both a PC Sync Port and an ISO standard Hotshoe in the same adapter. I've got one of these for use with a Maxxum 5D. Note the PC Sync Port on the side in the photos:

http://www.pbase.com/digital_initiat...69818/original

Nick (a.k.a., digital_initiatives) is sold out. But, another vendor in Hong Kong lists them often on Ebay:

Ebay Listing for FS-1100 Type Adapter

Just search for FS-1100 for more listings.

Note that this adapter does not have voltage protection built in. So, you would want to use a Wein Safe Sync (and they make them for in line use) for strobes with trigger voltages much over about 6 volts. Here is an in line version at B&H:

Wein In Line Safe Sync at B&H

You could also use a generic hotshoe to pc sync port adapter with a Minolta FS-1100. Again, you'd want to use a Wein Safe Sync with strobes that have trigger voltages much over about 6 volts.

The PCT-100 has voltage protection built in (safe for strobes with trigger voltages up to 400 volts). The FS-1100 (and FS-1100 clones) do not have any voltage protection built in. That's probably why KM wanted so much more for the PCT-100.


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One is with a third party adapter that gives you both a PC Sync Port and an ISO standard Hotshoe in the same adapter. I've got one of these for use with a Maxxum 5D. Note the PC Sync Port on the side in the photos:

http://www.pbase.com/digital_initiat...69818/original

Nick (a.k.a., digital_initiatives) is sold out. But, another vendor in Hong Kong lists them often on Ebay:

Ebay Listing for FS-1100 Type Adapter

Just search for FS-1100 for more listings.
Jim, I was looking at the eBay listings yesterday, and one of the FS-1100 seemed to have the sync cord fitting. I couldn't be sure, but it sure looked like it did.
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You can see the PC Sync Port on the side of the adapter in the listing I posted a link to. Run your mouse cursor over the bottom right (upside down) image and it will make it larger. See the photos in Nick's (a.k.a., digital_initatives) pbase.com album for a better look.

Nick and this EBay vendor are both in Hong Kong. It took me about 10 days for mine to get here ($16 delivered from Nick). Nick is sold out. But, this Ebay vendor appears to have a lot of them (I see them listed constantly).

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