Sunpak 544 with no bracket

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  1. Murray@uptowngallery

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    I took a chance & bid on/won an as-is Sunpak 544, with no bracket, untested.

    If I'm lucky, it wasn't tested because someone lost the bracket.

    I'll know a little more when I get it...

    ...I'm hoping someone can clarify for me what options/requirenments there are to use it on various orphan cameras (modified Polaroid rollfilm-ers and Cg/SG Graflex).

    From what I can figure out from web searches, it looks like it has a 1/4-20 mount at the bottom, and some sort of 'audio' connector, 2 or 3 conductor 'phone' jack (1/8" or 1/4"?)on the bracket mates with the flash.

    I believe it is a 544 and not a 'D' dedicated model.

    I read about flash for 35mm vs MF...and even flash for wide angle...

    What difference does a flash make for MF vs 35mm, other than mounting bracket? Wide angle lens maybe needs wide illumination?

    Thank you

    Murray
     
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    35mm vs MF is two issues to me

    1) MF tends to use smaller F/stops so you need more power. OTOH you can often get away with faster film so it can even out.

    2) 35mm is one shape. 6x6 is square. 6x9 and 6x4.5 are closer to 35mm. So what does this mean? The reflectors for most flashes aren't round. At the wide end you need to pay attention that the flash will cover your lens.

    Some flashes have different settings for wide/normal and some times for long. For example my metz 45 without the diffusor is in normal mode. Normal means up to 35mm focal length on a 35mm camera. With the wide angle diffuser it covers up to a 28mm focal length. But the power drops off some. The telephoto adapter focusses the light and gives more range.

    But basically if you're using a normal lens and have a sync connector on the camera any manual or auto flash will work.
     
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    The audio connector is for the sync cord. There are 2 brackets available, one for 35mm and one for MF. They are all available at B&H. The flash is still available new for $129.
     
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    Thanks Nick & Tran (I used to Live in Naperville & Woodridge).

    It's looking more promising that it should be easy to connect, unlike those annoying dedicated shoe 35mm ones.

    Murray
     
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    I used to visit Holland, MI very often. Very nice little town.
     
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    :O(

    Looks good, sounds bad. Rattling sounds at both ends.

    May have to open & see (one hand behind back as I expect to find as much as 510 VDC inside).
     
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    Didja get the one with the over the shoulder batt. pack?
    Should be 6V. 4 C's or D's as I recall
     
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    I wonder how much you paid for the thing? New one is only $129.
     
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    1) A guy a twork brought in a 611 or 622...it had the 510 V shoulder pack battery & charger & used 4 C-cells.

    2) Mine uses, at least with the pack it came with 6 x AA's.

    3) $9.95 + shipping (another $13).

    0) I may throw a little more good money after bad ($9 incl. ship) for an Auto 544 service manual. Even if I can't fix it, I'll learn something a working flash would never have taught me. Something other than electrical safety...anyway. If it's all a waste, I'll just say "grrr...and sell some other project lying around as collateral).

    I don't need a flash badly enough to spend $129...I've only ever shot one roll total with 2-3 other orphan flashes I bought because they seemed like 'good deals'.

    Eventually maybe I'll learn. Working with pinhole has taught me I can use a stopwatch instead of a flash many tttiiimmmeeesss.
     
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    I agree! Good luck!
     
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    Murray,
    If you want a bracket to mount to the thing(with some modification) let me know. I've got a Metz406.6-1 that goes under the camera but doesn't have the flash mount.
    I was looking at it & figgered if you had a small piece of hardwood you could marry the two pieces up. It's almost a freebie(postage) let me know.
     
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    Thanks John. I will probably contact you but will be out of town for a week, in a couple days. Thank you.

    Hey, I've been to Montgomery once too...Got lost about 3 AM giving someone a ride home.