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Extension cord + Hotshoe adapter

ikillrocknroll
Posted 03/12/2008 - 23:39 Link
Why are the extension cord F, and the hotshoe adapter F so expensive?
Its over 50 for both of them!

Are there any alternatives to use a flash off camera in the same way, without using as slave?
http://www.behance.net/robbranigan
K20D, DA18-55II, FA50 1.4, DA10-17
To buy: Metz 58 AF-1, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA100M
Edited by ikillrocknroll: 03/12/2008 - 23:39
Darkmunk
Posted 04/12/2008 - 09:53 Link
I'll push this to the top cos I would like to know the answer also please.
Clarky
Posted 04/12/2008 - 12:14 Link
They are ridiculously expensive, but you can get a cheaper alternative off e-bay for around 15quid, which has the on and off camera adapters + cord as one complete unit. I can't find one listed at the moment but they do come up regularly

Or you can get lucky like I did, when I purchased an AF330FTZ with off camera bracket and got a box of those adapters and cords, 10 adapters with 4 short cords and 2 long ones. All for $80(35)I kept the ones I wanted and gave the rest away.
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|
Bellie
Posted 04/12/2008 - 13:22 Link
Direct from the shop on this site.
bigcog
Posted 04/12/2008 - 14:28 Link
i'd be inclined towards that one on ephotozine, on my Christmas list
K10D - Pentax 18-55mm kit - Pentax DA 55-300mm - Pentax FA 50mm 1.4
MX - Pentax-M 50mm 1.7, Pentax-M 28mm 2.8, Pentax-M 100mm 2.8
My Flickr Photostream
Gwyn
Posted 04/12/2008 - 14:35 Link
I don't see that that has any advantages over using a Pentax flash wirelesslyespecially as it doesn't support P-TTL, or even TTL.

Pentax hotshoe adapters come up for sale occasionally second hand. Thats how I got mine, for a really good price (both adapters and the cable for less than the price of the cable).
bigcog
Posted 04/12/2008 - 16:09 Link
if using a cable is convenient thats good but I can see the benefits of going wireless where a cable is impractical. I can see the use of both so am keeping an eye out for a long 4P cable too.
K10D - Pentax 18-55mm kit - Pentax DA 55-300mm - Pentax FA 50mm 1.4
MX - Pentax-M 50mm 1.7, Pentax-M 28mm 2.8, Pentax-M 100mm 2.8
My Flickr Photostream
ikillrocknroll
Posted 04/12/2008 - 17:04 Link
Clarky wrote:
They are ridiculously expensive, but you can get a cheaper alternative off e-bay for around 15quid, which has the on and off camera adapters + cord as one complete unit. I can't find one listed at the moment but they do come up regularly

Or you can get lucky like I did, when I purchased an AF330FTZ with off camera bracket and got a box of those adapters and cords, 10 adapters with 4 short cords and 2 long ones. All for $80(35)I kept the ones I wanted and gave the rest away.

http://tinyurl.com/5so7j4
(long ebay link)

would that work, and support p-ttl?
http://www.behance.net/robbranigan
K20D, DA18-55II, FA50 1.4, DA10-17
To buy: Metz 58 AF-1, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA100M
Edited by ikillrocknroll: 04/12/2008 - 17:05
Mannesty
Posted 04/12/2008 - 17:32 Link
bigcog wrote:
if using a cable is convenient thats good but I can see the benefits of going wireless where a cable is impractical. I can see the use of both so am keeping an eye out for a long 4P cable too.

Pentax wireless flash spec. is up to 4 meters, beyond that it can be unreliable.
Peter E Smith - flickr Photostream
Clarky
Posted 04/12/2008 - 21:27 Link
ikillrocknroll wrote:


http://tinyurl.com/5so7j4
(long ebay link)

would that work, and support p-ttl?

They say they do support P-TTL but I have never used one to comfim it
Camera:|K-7|
Pentax Lenses:|DA12-24/f4 ED AL|DA35Ltd Macro|FA31Ltd|FA77Ltd|FA50/1.4|F70-210|FA20-35 f4/AL|A*200/f4 Macro ED|A50/1.7|A50 Macro f2.8|1.7xAF adapter|
Voigtlander|125/f2.5SL Macro APO Lanthar|
Sigma Lenses:|EX DG 100-300 f4|2X & 1.4X TC|
Flashes:|AF540FGZx2|RingFlash AF160FC|
yelvertoft
Posted 30/12/2008 - 12:35 Link
I too baulked at the price of the dedicated cable/adapter set. With my K10D and Metz 58AF-1 I use wireless with the pop-up as controller for shots where all the bits are in the right places for this sort of use, applying flash compensation as needed.

Where the subject/camera/flash positions are not appropriate for use of wireless, I use a simple single contact non-dedicated remote cable/adapter and set the flash and camera to fully manual and enjoy the benefits of digital instant chimping/trial and error. I learn a lot by going through this process and can usually get it right pretty quickly these days.

If I'm using flash as remote off-camera I'm taking my time to set it all up in slow time, so don't really need p-ttl or any other auto mode.

Duncan
mr.mellow
Posted 08/01/2009 - 17:29 Link
Try the Nissin Universal Shoe Cord SC-01, it supports P-TTL. 7Day Shop have it for 35 or SRS may have it in stock. I have used it on my K10 with Metz 58-AF1 and it works well.
The older I get the faster I was.
Dave
K-3 II, K10D, DA16-85, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA18-55, DA 50, Sigma EX DG 70mm Macro, Sigma 70-300mm, Sigma DG 120-400mm APO HSM.
Metz 58 AF-1.

My Flickr link
BigTed
Posted 20/01/2009 - 00:05 Link
Similar question, so sorry if I missed something.

I have been an 'available light person' so new to this, and soft-light, macro would prob be first on the list, so off-shoe flash is the option.

I use an ME Super, an MZ5N and a K10.
Would the F cord and the standard two end pieces do the job for all of these?
I also have a rather vintage Miranda multi dedicated 500CD, or a Vivitar Auto Thyristor 550FD to choose from currently, but would purchase a better alternative if these are no brainers.... suggestions welcome - as mentioned, a new departure for me

Thanks!
Sdeve
Posted 20/01/2009 - 22:43 Link
mr.mellow wrote:
Try the Nissin Universal Shoe Cord SC-01, it supports P-TTL. 7Day Shop have it for 35 or SRS may have it in stock. I have used it on my K10 with Metz 58-AF1 and it works well.

Thanks for the link. Just ordered one from 7 day.
Don
Posted 21/01/2009 - 00:30 Link
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

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