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    The importance of an instruction manual

    I just got my 120 film back from NCPS and found only 2 of 23 exposures came out. It had been a long time since I used my Rolleiflex 3.5F and I had the lever on the top left turned to flashbulb ( 1/30 sec ) instead of the electronic setting for the speedlight that I was using. It makes me feel really dumb after spending $ 37 on developing and scanning to see the results. I have no idea why two of the pictures even came out. The other 21 are underexposed enough to not be fixed.
    It goes to show that it is good to read your instruction manual before shooting. I had a copy with me in my camera bag too.

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    The old computer expression is RTFM (the polite version of which is Read The Full Manual).

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    We all make mistakes. The smart ones learn from mistakes. Gee, I hope I'm smart someday!

    It sounds like you are one of the smart ones.

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    It could be worse, you could have been shooting a wedding.
    I've had the M flash sync. on my Mamiya medium format lenses disabled because I never use flash bulbs and to avoid these sort of accidents.
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    Last edited by benjiboy; 08-17-2014 at 05:11 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    ...I've had the M flash sync...disabled...to avoid these sort of accidents.
    Can you explain this please? I don't understand how leaving them on any given setting my help prevent accidents. I always leave my various cameras and lenses on X with the rationale that I only have electronic flashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbultman View Post
    Can you explain this please? I don't understand how leaving them on any given setting my help prevent accidents. I always leave my various cameras and lenses on X with the rationale that I only have electronic flashes.

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    The time delay on the shutter opening and sync. with the flash firing is different for electronic flash and flash bulbs

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_synchronization
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    "When all else fails, read the instructions."

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    I have also read that some of the Yashica shutters will lock up if you try to use the self timer with the switch on M sync. I'm considering a drop of silicone adhesive on the lever of my 124G. (Though I use a self timer about as often as I use flash, bulbs or otherwise, so it probably doesn't matter much. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWThomas View Post
    I have also read that some of the Yashica shutters will lock up if you try to use the self timer with the switch on M sync.
    Correct, it happened to my 124. it's so easily knocked ... my solution consists of duct-tape however

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    Importance of an instruction manual and flash sync. info.

    First, older shutters have, in some cases, three flash synch. settings: F, M, X. If the shutter was set on F, it had a 5 millisecond delay so the Gas-filled bulbs could start burning 5 milliseconds before the leaf shutter was wide open. Set on M, there was a 20 millisecond delay and of course on X there was no delay for electronic flash. For focal plane shutter cameras, a third bulb was made with a 20 millisecond delay and a longer burning period. It had the letters FP in front of its nimber. As has been said earlier, tape the synch switch so it won't move from X unless you want to use flash bulbs for old times sake. As for the instruction book, better yet would be to make yourself a "check list" to take with you until you get it memorized. And, of course, it won't work either unless you use it. You have just heard from "the voice of experience" who made the same mistakes more than once.

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