hotshoe to PC sync adapter for K5


bladerunneruk

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 01:32
Hi folks
I'm looking for a reasonably priced hotshoe to PC sync adapter compatible with K5 (& K10 ideally)

I've found this but never heard of the manufacturer - anyone using one ?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Flash-Hot-Shoe-PC-Sync-Adapter-Pentax-K7-K5-KX-K20D-/220...

or this
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hot-Shoe-PC-Sync-Adapter-PENTAX-Olympus-Fujifilm-/1207...

or this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/SC-2-Adapter-Pentax-Olympus-Camera/dp/B004HS9BBK/ref=sr_...

I'm aiming to try and use cactus v4 as a remote shutter release like this : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyjameshall/4606105587/

any recommendations ?

thanks

sterretje

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 05:16
I already replied in the other thread at pentaxforums

Quote:

I use a Kaiser one; something like this one. Paid about 10 bucks for it 3 years ago.

On a K10D the biggest disadvantage of those adapters is that they will block the popup flash so AF assist is no longer available. Might not be an issue for you; for me the reason to get the AF540.


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Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)

pentaxian450

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 10:10
Why do you want that? The K5 already has a PC connection.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

fatspider

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 10:21
pentaxian450 wrote:
Why do you want that? The K5 already has a PC connection.



To be fair Yves, in this day and age synch leads are a bit redundant, who wants leads trailing about when you can move freely with a hotshoe mounted gadget, plus theres less chance of losing that silly little plug
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gartmore

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 10:37
I cant see why you need some adapter when most Tx units fit directly to the hotshoe.
Ken
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Last Edited by gartmore on 02/12/2011 - 10:39

Algernon

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 10:49
A PC lead is useless anyway, they keep falling out and
for the shutter you need 3 cores not 2
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pentaxian450

Link Posted 02/12/2011 - 15:25
fatspider wrote:
To be fair Yves, in this day and age synch leads are a bit redundant, who wants leads trailing about when you can move freely with a hotshoe mounted gadget, plus theres less chance of losing that silly little plug

I know that. I was just wondering why somebody would need a hot shoe to PC connector when there is already one on the camera.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

bladerunneruk

Link Posted 05/12/2011 - 13:14
pentaxian450 wrote:
Why do you want that? The K5 already has a PC connection.

as per the OP
I'm aiming to try and use cactus v4 as a remote shutter release like this : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyjameshall/4606105587/

I already have the cactus v4

pentaxian450

Link Posted 05/12/2011 - 14:40
bladerunneruk wrote:
I'm aiming to try and use cactus v4 as a remote shutter release like this : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyjameshall/4606105587/

Thanks for lighting up my lantern.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

MattMatic

Link Posted 05/12/2011 - 15:40
FYI, most hotshoe to PC sync adapters are just a plain adapter - there's no electronics included. There are some exceptions though that provide over-voltage protection.

The remote flash units will short the centre pin of the hotshoe to the edge (the metal flange of the hotshoe).

The Flickr image shows some adapters that have been set up to effectively short the sleeve and tip of the 2.5mm remote connector. (See this thread)

I would guess that the sleeve of the 2.5mm goes to the edge of the hotshoe (as in GND), while the tip of the 2.5mm goes to the centre pin of the hotshoe.

I have an unmarked hotshoe-to-PC that came with some ebay kit.
Might be worth seeing if your local camera shop has a 'bit box' you can rummage through (that is, if you have an old-style shop locally... there's Clock Tower Cameras in Brighton )

Matt
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Last Edited by MattMatic on 05/12/2011 - 15:40
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