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    Magicubes

    Anybody know if Magicubes are available anywhere? I checked B&H and ebay. Lots of Flashcubes around, but i didn't see any magicubes.

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    I don't think Magicubes, or any type of small "cube" or other small flashbulb has been made in quite a number of years. They can be found but not on a reliable basis. AFAIK the only flashbulb still made is a rather large one made in small quantities by a specialist company. There are a few vendors that sell NOS (New, old stock) flash bulbs and cubes. You can do a Goggle search and find these vendors.

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    Aren't they the same thing, functionally? I always thought that MAGICUBE was the Kodak proprietary name and FLASHCUBE was the generic name. But it is interesting that you note, Bill, that there are lots of flashcubes available on eBay but not Magicubes... I never noticed that.

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    Bill... and update.

    I might be wrong about the Magicube name is an auction I just saw an auction that has a GE Magicube box depicted. Still, I believe they are all functionally the same. Not long ago I was buying flashbulbs and saw lots and lots of flashcubes, but not today. Maybe the market has changed and the "alternative users" are sucking it dry. It appears that they are used to make flash-bang grenades by paintballers. Also this, christmas tree ornaments made from flashcubes (fortunately they were old and previously used) -- Item number: 160122958863 -- http://cgi.ebay.com/5-altered-art-or...QQcmdZViewItem
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    IIRC, Flashcubes were fired electrically, Magicubes were fired mechanically. I do clearly remember that they would not substitute for each other at all.

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    I remember the mechanical firing devise -- it is permenantly imprinted on my retina. As a kid I was trying to figure out how they worked so I held one in my hand and pushed the "firing paddle" with a bent paper clip. The burns on my finger tips healed, but I still see that flash when I close my eyes.

    I don't remember electrically fired cubes... but that might be my relative youth in photography (or just plain old ignorance). Forgive me if I posted wrong info above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post
    IIRC...
    I learned something new today... Thanks! Wikipedia supports your recollection: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashcubes

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    Just to back up what has been said:

    1) Magicubes were mechanically initiated. They came out with the Pocket Instamatics and the 126 film X-Series Instamatics. You can see a little firing pin looking at the underside that was hit my a little trigger on the camera. Magicubes are about the same as an AG-1B flashbulb.

    2) Flashcubes are electrically triggered. You can see the electrical contacts on the underside of the cube. These are essentially AG-1B flashbulbs.

    3) High-Power Flashcubes are also electrically fired, and are based on the more powerful AG-3B flashbulb. Polaroid "Focus-Flash" 400 series cameras require them.

    I'm out of Magicubes. Look for auctions on Kodak X-Series cameras, like the X15. Usually some are still in the case.

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    Thanks, Guys. In case you were wondering why I might want Magicubes, a different post about Polaroid cameras (below) reminded me of how much fun I got out of a Polaroid "Big Shot," which needs Magicubes to work. I was wondering if they were even available before I might bid on a used Big Shot.

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    My first camera (when I was about 8) was a 110 point-and-shoot that used flash cubes of some type. I don't recall if they were Magicubes or something else. I mention this because I eventually got an electronic flash unit for the camera. This flash was designed to plug into the flash cube socket on the camera, and of course it lasted for far more than the four flashes that a disposable flash cube would have. It's conceivable you could find something similar for your camera, so you might have a look on eBay or whatnot. (Sadly, I no longer have either that 110 camera or its flash unit.)

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