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#1 diverdoug1

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:36 AM

I want to make a long (about 3 meter) fiber optic sync cord (L-type see & sea ends) to use with an off camera strobe (for snoot photography).  I do not want to use a remote slave trigger ( such as the Triggerfish).  I have found a source for See & Sea compatible end caps that will accomodate a 2.0mm external diameter fiber optic cable.  I need to find out the best type of fiber optic cable to use for this application, and a place where I can order this cable.  If any of you can offer any insight on the type of cable rquired, I would appreciate it!  Thanks, Doug


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:39 AM

Hi Doug,

 

I use TOSlink audio cable, and it seems to work okay.  I have used lengths from 2 feet up to 25 feet with no issues.

 

I can optically fire my Sea and Sea strobes with the 25 foot cable with my built in flash output at 1/128.

 

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:43 AM

Thanks!  I may have to modify the outside diameter of the cable to narrow it down to 2.0mm, but I will give it a try!.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:03 PM

It is much like a coax cable in composition, a thin outer sheath, a sturdy inner protrector, and finally the fiber optic core.

 

I have cables that are stripped down to just the fiber itself and use with no issues.  My guess is the fiber optic cable by itself is about 2mm.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:42 AM

I want to make a long (about 3 meter) fiber optic sync cord (L-type see & sea ends) to use with an off camera strobe (for snoot photography).  I do not want to use a remote slave trigger ( such as the Triggerfish).  I have found a source for See & Sea compatible end caps that will accomodate a 2.0mm external diameter fiber optic cable.  I need to find out the best type of fiber optic cable to use for this application, and a place where I can order this cable.  If any of you can offer any insight on the type of cable rquired, I would appreciate it!  Thanks, Doug

Check this:

http://thefiberoptic...ilament.htm#2.0

The  2mm diameter fiber is not so flexible. Maybe the 1mm is enough. If you want to curl your filament, check this link:

http://fiberstrobe.b...-of-fibers.html

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 09:25 PM

I also use a 1$/m Toslink cable for my inon s2000-s. Perfect for the job. As far as I remember, the core is 1mm.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 01:42 PM

Doug

Where did you find your sea and sea compatible end caps?

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 01:58 PM

A little bit of info on fiber optics here (but for a snoot not a sync cable):

http://www.divematri...ber-Optic-Snoot

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 02:35 PM

S&S caps available at Reef 

http://reefphoto.com...roducts_id=3932

They work fine.
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Posted 29 December 2013 - 07:31 PM

I think mine came from Divervision but I think xit404 is also making them.


Edited by diverdoug1, 30 December 2013 - 09:32 AM.