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MIles_ahead May 2, 2006 4:51 PM

Ok guys bear with my here, I'm totaly new to studio lighting/strobe flash equipment. I was recently given an old Electronic Falshmaster AA series power pack with (2) 200w photogenic umbrella lights this equipment is pretty old but in great condition. To test it, my friend hooked it up with his old nikon 35mm SLR but the camera had no film or battery so naturally the flash didn't go off when the shutter was released, so we charged the unit, turned it off and the two lights fired so i imagined that they do work. I would like to know how to sync it with my 20D, He gave me his old sink cable and the cable that connects to the actual power pack, I have read some online articles that it would be necessary to usea wein safe sync to prevent it from frying my camera. Any help and suggesions is much appreciated.


Kleber May 13, 2006 5:00 PM

II would never connect my cameras directly to an external strobe or studio flash. I use an opto couplerwith a separate low voltage batery that isolates even the ground wire. It is also important that the device apply a very low current to the camera (typical figures are 6 volt, 3 miliamp).I built my opto isolators using opto coupler CIs but I believethe assembled deviceis available in the market. Radio control also protects the camera and I am sure they are ease to find. Old style strobes use to submit the camera to more than 200 V and a very high current peak.

Be carefull and good luck.

Ronnie948 Jun 16, 2006 1:30 PM

The safe sync will be fine. I use one for My Travel light 750 strobes. As long as you have a hot shoe it will work. My D100 & D200 have hot shoes. I could plug the Strobe directly into my D200 but why take the chance when I already have a Wein SafeSync.

I guess you already know you will need to put your camera in Manual Mode and meter the strobes with a flash meter to correctly use them. TTL will not function with the studio strobes at all.

Photogenic makes very good lights so even if they are old they should still be fine for portraits and most anything else you want to use them for.

If you do not have a meter you will need to purchase one. Just be positive you get a "FLASH" meter and not just a light meter.


MIles_ahead Jun 21, 2006 12:41 AM

!!Wow!! Kleber sounds like you know your stuff. Thanks alot for your advice.

MIles_ahead Jun 21, 2006 1:04 AM

Yea the wein safe sync seems to work just fine with the hot shoe with someoccasional misses here and there, butsyns well most of the time. My lightsand and the battery pack about 20+ yrs old but seem to work ok. And yes I am putting my camera on Manual mode and am currently using a Seconic zoom master L-508 which I bought used for $250.00 bucks. I'll post some picks very soon.

Thanks for the advice Ronnie

Ronnie948 Jun 21, 2006 8:15 AM

I can't wait to see the pictures. I'm suer they will be good.


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