DIY Flash Sync Cable
Posted 20 December 2005 - 09:21 AM
On my first dive trip with it I had certain shots (~ 10%) where there wasn't enough light bounce back to trigger the external strobe -- typically objects at a distance (3+ feet) with little or no immediate background objects, or other 'artsy' shots.
The obvious solution is a sync cable right?
Looking for one turned up a fiber optic cable that fit the Sunpack G-Flash (or twin Epoque D+ES-150) -- only trouble was that they want $50 - $60 for the silly thing. A significant fraction of the cost of the oriignal flash.
Since I abhor highway robbery, I have some up with the $5 solution based on a 20" fiber optic light-pipe attachment for AAA Mini-Mag-Lite by Nite Ize. While mine is for the Sunpack, the general approach could be used for other strobes that rely on a light sensor trigger.
I know this is low-end stuff, but is anyone interested in the details?
Posted 21 December 2005 - 12:45 AM
Posted 21 December 2005 - 05:46 AM
Here is how I attached the fiber to the slave sensor:
Here is a picture of the stuff on the camera (only using one strobe in the picture but if you look, there are two fiber cables). I made a flash blocker attachment out of a sheet of polyethylene and some plastic weld glue.
Canon EOS 40D in Seatool housing, 100mm macro, Tokina 10-17, INON Z-240s.
Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:22 AM
kthan - have you considered using some heat shrink tubing (used in electronics) to repair and reenforce your cut cable?
Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:21 PM
Posted 04 January 2006 - 10:36 PM
The flash end of the connection simply slips over the sensor knob. It looks like like so....
Hmm seems I can't attach anymore photos.... I will try and add to this later.