O.k. Is it just me or has the PC socket just up and died? O.k. Maybe not DIED, but definately gotten really sick. I'm down in the lab working on a color project, when a calssmate asks for help in the studio with the strobes. She had a Canon Rebel G. Now, I am a Nikon person, but I have always heard that Canons are great because you can buy the big glass and it will work with a $250 Rebel body. Many wildlife guys apparently do this as the lens counts more than the body. But I am not sure how many studio people do this type of thing.... See, the damn thing, like most new cameras under $1,000 had no PC socket. It did have a hot shoe though. So we threw on an adapter. Problem solved, right? Nope. While the camera would trigger the strobes when there was no film in it, it wouldn't trigger them when there was film loaded. And no matter what we did, including setting the damn thing on "manual", it wouldn't fire the damn strobes. I even checked the connections, everything worked and fired, except when it was on the damn camera! Now, the PC synch is probably one of the simplest things around. Been around for years, and it works very nicely. The parts are cheap. So why not throw it on a camera? Of course we all know the reasons for this. Money. A dollar saved on on camera is $50,000 in the bank each month. But even then, why not make synching easy? As far as I could figure the overly complex hot-shoe and the whole E-TTL thing might be the cause of the problem. And of course locking you into THEIR flash system is ideal, right? The sad thing is, the really wonderful, and idiot proof PC synch is dying. Think about it. The PC socket is the IDEAL solution to many problems. It is standardized, it is cheap, it is effective. These new, more advanced flash systems, almost all of which are proprietary, just don't hack it. They require adaptors, manuals, etc. It sucks. Anyway, what piece to technology do you lament the demise or decline of?