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hotshoe adaptor for off camera flash

selectcase
Posted 28/10/2008 - 01:07 Link
HI all

I have been using my K10D for a while and would like to experiment with some flash photography, lighting effects etc - I cannot afford the recommended P-TTL units at the moment but I have done some reading on the subject and was interested in using an old flash of the cheap e-bay variety, off camera -providing the trigger voltage not too high. Am i right in thinking i can get one of the pc sync cable hot shoe adaptors off e-bay for a few pounds - the type that fit to the camera hot shoe and allow the connection of an older style pc cable which can then be connected to a flash and use it in manual mode? I am quite happy working in manual mode on the camera as I have some older M lenses that i like to use anyway.

This seems like a good cheap alternative as i could get a flash gun for around 10 and about 15 for the adaptor and lead the only thing is I need to check the flash has a pc cable input and has manual settings for iso etc?

as far as i can see all i need is

Flash with reasonable trigger voltage, manual settings and pc cable input
pc hotshoe adaptor
pc cable

Then of cours the stands, softboxes, home made studio etc etc as i get more in to it!!

Am I along the right lines here or way off the mark? and is it possible to get a pc adaptor for a flash without a pc cable socket?

thanks in advance

will

K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass
Mike-P
Posted 28/10/2008 - 08:08 Link
Read THIS thread a few below yours and it will give you an idea of what you need, the cable Hefty found for me should do fine with a older flash unit (I hope so anyway as thats what I intend to use it for as well).
Daniel Bridge
Posted 28/10/2008 - 09:13 Link
selectcase wrote:
As far as i can see all i need is:

Flash with reasonable trigger voltage, manual settings and pc cable input
pc hotshoe adaptor
pc cable

That's correct, I use the exact same set-up with my K10D when using my Centon FG-30 off-camera.

I've often thought about getting a P-TTL flash, but don't use it enough to warrant the expense. A couple of test exposures in manual and you're sorted.

If you were likely to start adding other flashes, or studio kit, then it's probably worth getting radio triggers etc, but I manage with my flashgun, and Jessops Portaflash kit, triggered as a slave. I don't do much in the way of portraits at all though, and prefer natural light when I do.

Dan
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...
Bellie
Posted 28/10/2008 - 09:26 Link
Found this I mentioned in an older thread:

A wireless trigger will work with this. I found a wireless trigger on ebay that had a hotshoe mount. I bought an adapter for my light stand and fitted the flash trigger and flash to this. Works great with my cheapo flash gun now and really handy for off camera flash.

Trigger

Mount to fit on top of a lighting stand.
nathanever82
Posted 28/10/2008 - 11:30 Link
I found that for you, not hefty!

You Traitor!

All that effort......

And by the way your photo is scary, really scary!
'Between the lights there is always a shadow'

www.nathanservi.com & PPG
Mike-P
Posted 28/10/2008 - 13:06 Link
nathanever82 wrote:
I found that for you, not hefty!

You Traitor!

All that effort......

And by the way your photo is scary, really scary!

Ummm Im lost now, .... This post
selectcase
Posted 28/10/2008 - 13:47 Link
Thanks for confirming I am on the right lines

cheers

will

K7D DA 18-55 mk11WR|50-200 wr|DA16-45|Tamron SP90|lots of manual pentax glass
nathanever82
Posted 28/10/2008 - 21:22 Link
Sorry, I meant this post.
https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/Radio-triggers-infrared-trigger-or-long-c...

Just a few posts in the page, I gave a lot of links to these accessories!


'Between the lights there is always a shadow'

www.nathanservi.com & PPG

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