Budget reliable flashgun cable


EasyLuckyFree

Link Posted 01/05/2013 - 14:32
Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a budget (read cheap) flashgun cable of approximately 3m or greater? I've been using one flashgun on camera with a second in optical slave but could do with altering the angle of the master flash for portrait work. I'm using manual flashguns so no concerns over eTTL or anything similar. I just want a simple cable so that the flash fires as I press the shutter. Do I need a specifically Pentax compatible cable or will any hot-shoe cable do the trick?

Cheers,

Nick
Nick

Gear:

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-r
smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
smc M 50mm F1.7
smc M 50mm F2.0
Super Paragon 200mm F3.3
smc DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DL MACRO SUPER AF
Super Ozeck 135mm F2.8 MC
Various Holga "Toy" lenses

gartmore

Link Posted 01/05/2013 - 18:40
It is camera dependent to an extent, what are you using?
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

cabstar

Link Posted 01/05/2013 - 19:25
Wireless triggers will be better and simpler than trailing cables around
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Currently on a Pentax hiatus until an FF Pentax is released

DaveHolmes

Link Posted 02/05/2013 - 00:52
cabstar wrote:
Wireless triggers will be better and simpler than trailing cables around

Agreed.
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

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EasyLuckyFree

Link Posted 02/05/2013 - 08:57
I'm using the K-r. I do have wireless triggers but I've not found them to be 100% reliable. They aren't vastly expensive, which possibly explains it, but then my budget isn't vast either. I was leaning towards a cable for the "guaranteed" fire aspect.
Nick

Gear:

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-r
smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
smc M 50mm F1.7
smc M 50mm F2.0
Super Paragon 200mm F3.3
smc DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DL MACRO SUPER AF
Super Ozeck 135mm F2.8 MC
Various Holga "Toy" lenses

gartmore

Link Posted 02/05/2013 - 17:53
With the K-r any hotshoe mounted cable with a single contact will do. Do check that the trigger voltage of your flasguns isn't ridiculously high. Apparently some old ones are capable of frying DSLRs, so another reason for wireless ones.
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

EasyLuckyFree

Link Posted 03/05/2013 - 09:18
gartmore wrote:
With the K-r any hotshoe mounted cable with a single contact will do. Do check that the trigger voltage of your flasguns isn't ridiculously high. Apparently some old ones are capable of frying DSLRs, so another reason for wireless ones.

Cheers, I'll bear that in mind. Though presumably as the flashguns are designed for Pentax and work fine on the hotshoe, it shouldn't make any real difference adding a cable in between?
Nick

Gear:

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-r
smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
smc M 50mm F1.7
smc M 50mm F2.0
Super Paragon 200mm F3.3
smc DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DL MACRO SUPER AF
Super Ozeck 135mm F2.8 MC
Various Holga "Toy" lenses

gartmore

Link Posted 03/05/2013 - 09:36
If they are Pentax or made for Pentax they will be fine, you didn't mention that in your earlier post
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

EasyLuckyFree

Link Posted 03/05/2013 - 09:37
Yeah, sorry. They are the Yongnuo 560's.
Nick

Gear:

Pentax K-5
Pentax K-r
smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
smc M 50mm F1.7
smc M 50mm F2.0
Super Paragon 200mm F3.3
smc DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Fisheye
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DL MACRO SUPER AF
Super Ozeck 135mm F2.8 MC
Various Holga "Toy" lenses

helios

Link Posted 08/05/2013 - 21:47
If using a Pentax flash it is best to use a Pentax compatible flash cord to maintain PTTL function. Pentax offer a complex and expensive solution with separate hotshoe and off camera mounts which are connected by either a short or long cord.




The less expensive solution is to use an inexpensive third party flash cord like this one which which has the hot shoe and camera mounts fixed to the cord. It works with Pentax PTTL flashes.




They are available from Amazon or on eBay for about £20. The one I have is made by JJC.
Archie
Last Edited by helios on 08/05/2013 - 21:50

petrochemist

Link Posted 09/05/2013 - 11:35
As Archie says cheap P-TTL cables are redily available, in several lengths. I find mine is ideal for off-camera macro work. I brought two so I can link them to get extra reach without always carrying a long cable in my bag. So far I've never needed the extra one.
Mike
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Pentax:K5ii, K7, K100D, DA18-55, DA10-17, DA55-300, DA50-200, F100-300, F50, DA35 AL, 4* M50, 2* M135, Helicoid extension, Tak 300 f4 (& 6 film bodies)
3rd Party: Bigmos (Sigma 150-500mm OS HSM),2* 28mm, 100mm macro, 28-200 zoom, 35-80 zoom, 80-200 zoom, 80-210 zoom, 300mm M42, 600 mirror, 1000-4000 scope, 50mm M42, enlarger lenses, Sony & micro 4/3 cameras with various PK mounts, Zenit E...
Far to many tele-converters, adapters, project parts & extension tubes etc.

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