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    In case you have never seen one of those hot shoe to pc cord adapters...

    http://www.amazon.com/Kalt-PC-Hot-Sh.../dp/B00009R8G8

    Note the associated photo that shows the cord.

    I use one of these frequently when I use small flashes and medium format cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    Get a PC cable and hotshoe to PC adapter and use your 550/580EX in manual mode.

    Or
    get a cheap Vivitar 283 and a PC to vivitar cable.
    Now that would be awesome, I use my 550ex in manual mode anyway. I love that thing. I got a few diffusors for it.

    I figured the Nikkormat flash cable only told it when to fire, cool beans I'll have to get up on this. Thanks.

    Gonna look a bit weird my 550ex hooked up to my old Nikkormat, but it will work.
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    if your flash doesn't fire chances are you have the plug in the x-socket and the speed set greater than 125. if your flash fires and you are blacked out partially or totally, you are plugged into the m socket

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    X or M?

    The MIR website has a little information on the Nikkormat FTn: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography.../ftn/index.htm

    You also have the option to use class "M" flashbulbs with this camera.

    Last December I used an Olympus OM-1 and a Graflite with some Sylvania FP-26B flashbulbs to expose some Kodachrome 64. That combination will sync at any shutter speed up to the 1/1000 sec maximum of the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j-dogg View Post
    I figured the Nikkormat flash cable only told it when to fire, cool beans I'll have to get up on this. Thanks.

    Gonna look a bit weird my 550ex hooked up to my old Nikkormat, but it will work.
    The nikkormat will ONLY tell it to fire at the correct time.
    It wont relay any ttl info, thats why you need to use the EX's in manual mode.
    You will need to know subject distance & guide number for the flash in question because the 550/580's have no thyrister to quench the flash.

    I would recommend a vivi 283 except it doesn't swivel. Only drawback.

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    Vivitar 1900 has PCcable incorporated. I just used in my Nikkormat FTn. Works fine.
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    Does the 550EX have a sync socket on the side, like a lot of the Nikon flash units? If it does, pick up a female-female sync cord like the Nikon SC-15 and use it to connect the 550 to the FTn directly. If not, then use the adapter. I would personally use the bracket, since the accessory shoe that Nikon provided for the early 'mats seems to need an eyecup (Nikon DK-4, btw) on the eyepiece ring to help keep it from rotating when a flash is mounted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    The nikkormat will ONLY tell it to fire at the correct time.
    It wont relay any ttl info, thats why you need to use the EX's in manual mode.
    You will need to know subject distance & guide number for the flash in question because the 550/580's have no thyrister to quench the flash.

    I would recommend a vivi 283 except it doesn't swivel. Only drawback.
    The 283 and 285 both have removable sensors that fit into an extension cord ( which is hot shoe compatible) with the cord pointing towards your subject you can swivel the flash head any way you choose, the vivitar bracket grip does this for you.

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