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February 1, 2005 7:10:04 PM

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Can anyone suggest a good source of information about add-on flashes?
Especially for digital cameras. It can be a book or a web site that
describes what different features are and what they do, which brands
are good, etc.

Thanks,
Ilya.
Anonymous
February 2, 2005 2:40:58 PM

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"ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Can anyone suggest a good source of information about add-on flashes?
> Especially for digital cameras. It can be a book or a web site that
> describes what different features are and what they do, which brands
> are good, etc.

Lots of good information on the Mecablitz website
http://www.metz.de/en/photo_electronics/das_ist_mecabli...

--
Steve
Milk floats, stainless steel sinks
February 2, 2005 3:02:39 PM

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The Metz web site is quite good. Lots of details. Thanks so much.
(Talking about the German quality).

I'm trying to find a good flash, mostly for indoor photography, for
Nikon Coolpix 995 camera. One cannot mount the flash directly on top of
the camera (due to its twisted design), but it is possible to do with a
special adapter. I was hoping that it would be possible to use any
standard flash with this camera.

-Ilya.
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Anonymous
February 2, 2005 10:26:15 PM

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On 1 Feb 2005 16:10:04 -0800, "ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote:

>Can anyone suggest a good source of information about add-on flashes?
>Especially for digital cameras. It can be a book or a web site that
>describes what different features are and what they do, which brands
>are good, etc.
>
>Thanks,
>Ilya.
>
While the link provided by Steve was a good one (I use Metz myself),
it might help to specify what camera you are looking to match with.
Anonymous
February 3, 2005 2:45:30 PM

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I've just gone through this exercise.

Nikon says their voltages for digital cameras run at about 6 volts. Anything
higher will damage the camera. B&H has an adapter which supposedly cuts the
voltage from 600 v. to 6 v. But I don't trust it. I've just bought, after
extensive research a Nikon flash. I bought the SB-600 which is their lowest
priced flash. Up till now I've been using the built in flash which is
completely inadequate.

Before you buy check out lots of websites which give you lots of information
but Nikon seems to need a Nikon flash. No getting away from that.

"ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1107374559.256163.250900@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> The Metz web site is quite good. Lots of details. Thanks so much.
> (Talking about the German quality).
>
> I'm trying to find a good flash, mostly for indoor photography, for
> Nikon Coolpix 995 camera. One cannot mount the flash directly on top of
> the camera (due to its twisted design), but it is possible to do with a
> special adapter. I was hoping that it would be possible to use any
> standard flash with this camera.
>
> -Ilya.
>
February 3, 2005 2:45:31 PM

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In article <u9oMd.5202$ya6.1359@trndny01>, moose.nyc@nospam.verizon.net
says...
> I've just gone through this exercise.
>
> Nikon says their voltages for digital cameras run at about 6 volts. Anything
> higher will damage the camera. B&H has an adapter which supposedly cuts the
> voltage from 600 v. to 6 v. But I don't trust it. I've just bought, after
> extensive research a Nikon flash. I bought the SB-600 which is their lowest
> priced flash. Up till now I've been using the built in flash which is
> completely inadequate.
>
> Before you buy check out lots of websites which give you lots of information
> but Nikon seems to need a Nikon flash. No getting away from that.
>
> "ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1107374559.256163.250900@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> > The Metz web site is quite good. Lots of details. Thanks so much.
> > (Talking about the German quality).
> >
> > I'm trying to find a good flash, mostly for indoor photography, for
> > Nikon Coolpix 995 camera. One cannot mount the flash directly on top of
> > the camera (due to its twisted design), but it is possible to do with a
> > special adapter. I was hoping that it would be possible to use any
> > standard flash with this camera.
> >
> > -Ilya.
> >
>
>
>

While you are on the subject of flashes, I have a question...

Im looking for an adapter that slips into a generic hot shoe and allows the
connection of a pc flash cable.

I have a couple of cameras that have a generic hotshoe but no pc connection,
and I want to use them with a grip that holds the flash further away from the
lens.

I've Googled "flash adapter" "flash adaptor" "pc cable adapter" et, al and
all Ive found is cables, no adapter.

I think my Google problem is I just dont know what the device is called (or
if it actually exsists)

Keep in mind Im using a "generic" flash (Sunpack 383) and the cameras have
single center/ frame contact shoes. (and yes, the flash fits/works with the
cameras just fine.

Thanks in advance



--
Larry Lynch
Mystic, Ct.
Anonymous
February 3, 2005 2:45:32 PM

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In article <MPG.1c6bdd523da5162a9898f3@news.comcast.giganews.com>,
Larry <lastingimagery@comcast.dotnet> wrote:

> While you are on the subject of flashes, I have a question...
>
> Im looking for an adapter that slips into a generic hot shoe and allows the
> connection of a pc flash cable.

i use a nikon as-15, but there are generic ones too. it has one center
pin and works in any hotshoe on any camera.

if you want to protect against high trigger voltages, get a wein
safe-sync instead.

> I have a couple of cameras that have a generic hotshoe but no pc connection,
> and I want to use them with a grip that holds the flash further away from the
> lens.

i use it with studio flash, but that is essentially the same thing as
what you want to do.
Anonymous
February 3, 2005 2:45:32 PM

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Larry <lastingimagery@comcast.dotnet> writes:

> In article <u9oMd.5202$ya6.1359@trndny01>, moose.nyc@nospam.verizon.net
> says...
> > I've just gone through this exercise.
> >
> > Nikon says their voltages for digital cameras run at about 6 volts. Anything
> > higher will damage the camera. B&H has an adapter which supposedly cuts the
> > voltage from 600 v. to 6 v. But I don't trust it. I've just bought, after
> > extensive research a Nikon flash. I bought the SB-600 which is their lowest
> > priced flash. Up till now I've been using the built in flash which is
> > completely inadequate.
> >
> > Before you buy check out lots of websites which give you lots of information
> > but Nikon seems to need a Nikon flash. No getting away from that.
> >
> > "ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:1107374559.256163.250900@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> > > The Metz web site is quite good. Lots of details. Thanks so much.
> > > (Talking about the German quality).
> > >
> > > I'm trying to find a good flash, mostly for indoor photography, for
> > > Nikon Coolpix 995 camera. One cannot mount the flash directly on top of
> > > the camera (due to its twisted design), but it is possible to do with a
> > > special adapter. I was hoping that it would be possible to use any
> > > standard flash with this camera.
> > >
> > > -Ilya.
> > >
> >
> >
> >
>
> While you are on the subject of flashes, I have a question...
>
> Im looking for an adapter that slips into a generic hot shoe and allows the
> connection of a pc flash cable.
>
> I have a couple of cameras that have a generic hotshoe but no pc connection,
> and I want to use them with a grip that holds the flash further away from the
> lens.
>
> I've Googled "flash adapter" "flash adaptor" "pc cable adapter" et, al and
> all Ive found is cables, no adapter.
>
> I think my Google problem is I just dont know what the device is called (or
> if it actually exsists)

Here is one offered by Adorama:
http://www.adorama.com/FAHSPCA.html

Here is one offered by B&H:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=produ...

I found these fairly quickly, by pulling up the flash page for both, and going
through the accessoires page (sorting by cost first). For specialized things,
it is much better to go to a store that carries a wide supply that you can
search the links, rather than play goggle roulette. Obviously if you know the
exact name of the item, then google can find it.

I tend to go to Adorama these days instead of B&H, since B&H has gone back to
not shipping to PMB addresses (ie, mail drops at the UPS store) for online
orders (in fact I was about to check out a $100 purchase last night, when I
noticed B&H no longer would ship it to a PMB, and went to Adorama). I can understand why B&H feels
they need to do this for big ticket items, but where I live, the package
delivery drivers rarely get the house right, and I would prefer to have
packages delivered to a place staffed during business hours, rather than have
the package sit outside one of my neighbors houses, possibly in standing water.

--
Michael Meissner
email: mrmnews@the-meissners.org
http://www.the-meissners.org
Anonymous
February 3, 2005 2:45:32 PM

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"Larry" <lastingimagery@comcast.dotnet> wrote in message >> "ilya"
<katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
> While you are on the subject of flashes, I have a question...
> Im looking for an adapter that slips into a generic hot shoe and allows
> the
> connection of a pc flash cable.
> I've Googled "flash adapter" "flash adaptor" "pc cable adapter" et, al and
> all Ive found is cables, no adapter.

Google "Wein". They make both hot shoe to PC adapters and the Safe Sync,
which is both a voltage isolator and a PC connection. B&H sells them.
February 3, 2005 3:49:13 PM

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In article <m3fz0dyepm.fsf@glinda.the-meissners.org>, mrmnews@the-
meissners.org says...
> Larry <lastingimagery@comcast.dotnet> writes:
>
> > In article <u9oMd.5202$ya6.1359@trndny01>, moose.nyc@nospam.verizon.net
> > says...
> > > I've just gone through this exercise.
> > >
> > > Nikon says their voltages for digital cameras run at about 6 volts. Anything
> > > higher will damage the camera. B&H has an adapter which supposedly cuts the
> > > voltage from 600 v. to 6 v. But I don't trust it. I've just bought, after
> > > extensive research a Nikon flash. I bought the SB-600 which is their lowest
> > > priced flash. Up till now I've been using the built in flash which is
> > > completely inadequate.
> > >
> > > Before you buy check out lots of websites which give you lots of information
> > > but Nikon seems to need a Nikon flash. No getting away from that.
> > >
> > > "ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
> > > news:1107374559.256163.250900@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
> > > > The Metz web site is quite good. Lots of details. Thanks so much.
> > > > (Talking about the German quality).
> > > >
> > > > I'm trying to find a good flash, mostly for indoor photography, for
> > > > Nikon Coolpix 995 camera. One cannot mount the flash directly on top of
> > > > the camera (due to its twisted design), but it is possible to do with a
> > > > special adapter. I was hoping that it would be possible to use any
> > > > standard flash with this camera.
> > > >
> > > > -Ilya.
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> > While you are on the subject of flashes, I have a question...
> >
> > Im looking for an adapter that slips into a generic hot shoe and allows the
> > connection of a pc flash cable.
> >
> > I have a couple of cameras that have a generic hotshoe but no pc connection,
> > and I want to use them with a grip that holds the flash further away from the
> > lens.
> >
> > I've Googled "flash adapter" "flash adaptor" "pc cable adapter" et, al and
> > all Ive found is cables, no adapter.
> >
> > I think my Google problem is I just dont know what the device is called (or
> > if it actually exsists)
>
> Here is one offered by Adorama:
> http://www.adorama.com/FAHSPCA.html

Thanks, I usually have better luck Googlong for stuff, but I came up dry
several times.. Youve been a ton of help.


--
Larry Lynch
Mystic, Ct.
Anonymous
February 4, 2005 9:38:28 AM

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The 2 best flashes for the Nikon Coolpix cameras are the sb600 and sb800.
Both flashes are new from Nikon. If your camera does not have a hot shoe you
need a bracket like the SK-2600 which mounts on the bottom of the camera and
plugs into the bottom plug the swivel piece with the included / built in
flash cord.

The flash works as long as the built in flash is open and ready to flash as
well. Very nice and neat.

I got my units from B&H photo here in NYC. They are most reliable. I ordered
on line Sunday night and the box was delivered today by Land delivery.

If you want to use an older flash which might cause a problem as the voltage
is usually too high for a digital camera you might be able to get away with
a "Wien" brand converter which is said to drop the voltage from 600v to 6v.
You still need the bracket however. You would do better with the new flash.

I would have preferred the sb800 but I couldn't justify the cost difference.

Incidentally B&H offers both USA warranty and Imported Warranty with a big
drop in price. I trust B&H to honor their warranty on the imported version.
The manual is in English and other languages as well.

Now my only problem is to buy a new gadget bag which will hold everything
together. The biggest item is the bracket which is 10.5 inches long.

Any ideas anyone?

"Larry" <lastingimagery@comcast.dotnet> wrote in message
news:MPG.1c6bdd523da5162a9898f3@news.comcast.giganews.com...
> In article <u9oMd.5202$ya6.1359@trndny01>, moose.nyc@nospam.verizon.net
> says...
>> I've just gone through this exercise.
>>
>> Nikon says their voltages for digital cameras run at about 6 volts.
>> Anything
>> higher will damage the camera. B&H has an adapter which supposedly cuts
>> the
>> voltage from 600 v. to 6 v. But I don't trust it. I've just bought, after
>> extensive research a Nikon flash. I bought the SB-600 which is their
>> lowest
>> priced flash. Up till now I've been using the built in flash which is
>> completely inadequate.
>>
>> Before you buy check out lots of websites which give you lots of
>> information
>> but Nikon seems to need a Nikon flash. No getting away from that.
>>
>> "ilya" <katsnelson@gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1107374559.256163.250900@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
>> > The Metz web site is quite good. Lots of details. Thanks so much.
>> > (Talking about the German quality).
>> >
>> > I'm trying to find a good flash, mostly for indoor photography, for
>> > Nikon Coolpix 995 camera. One cannot mount the flash directly on top of
>> > the camera (due to its twisted design), but it is possible to do with a
>> > special adapter. I was hoping that it would be possible to use any
>> > standard flash with this camera.
>> >
>> > -Ilya.
>> >
>>
>>
>>
>
> While you are on the subject of flashes, I have a question...
>
> Im looking for an adapter that slips into a generic hot shoe and allows
> the
> connection of a pc flash cable.
>
> I have a couple of cameras that have a generic hotshoe but no pc
> connection,
> and I want to use them with a grip that holds the flash further away from
> the
> lens.
>
> I've Googled "flash adapter" "flash adaptor" "pc cable adapter" et, al and
> all Ive found is cables, no adapter.
>
> I think my Google problem is I just dont know what the device is called
> (or
> if it actually exsists)
>
> Keep in mind Im using a "generic" flash (Sunpack 383) and the cameras have
> single center/ frame contact shoes. (and yes, the flash fits/works with
> the
> cameras just fine.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
>
>
> --
> Larry Lynch
> Mystic, Ct.
Anonymous
February 4, 2005 6:23:34 PM

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On Fri, 04 Feb 2005 06:38:28 GMT, "Bullwinkle. J. Moose"
<moose.nyc@nospam.verizon.net> wrote:

....
>>> but Nikon seems to need a Nikon flash. No getting away from that.

well, I git away from that.

I have a CP5700 and use the Vivitar 730AFNi with excellent results.

I would recommend NEVER paying Nikon for features their flashes have
that they neglected to build into the 5700 (and earlier cameras) .
I believe they cleared their heads with the later model 8800(?) (or
so)

But the newer Vivitar (and others) are built for the lower voltage
digital cameras and are much less expensive than the Nikon units.











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Anonymous
February 22, 2005 8:15:50 PM

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>Can anyone suggest a good source of information about add-on flashes?
>Especially for digital cameras. It can be a book or a web site that
>describes what different features are and what they do, which brands
>are good, etc.

It depends a lot on the digicam you want to use the external flash
with. Some cameras will do just fine with an external flash attached
to an electric eye (so that the on-camera flash triggers the external
flash), but some digicams fire a pre-flash which confuses the electric
eye. So make sure you get information about your specific camera.

-Joel

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