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    Vivitar 285 Multi flash setup

    Hi,

    I have a Vivitar 285 which i use with the PC connection on my Bronica SQA. I am just wondering if it is possible to get another 285 and sync them in the studio with pc connections or would i have to use the hotshoe and get wireless triggers?

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    Also a source for optical flash triggers and other stuff. http://flashzebra.com/
    Bob

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    There are schematics on the web of the connection that the optical sensor port on the flash body. One pair of pins is used to trigger the flash when the remote sensor cord is used.

    So it should be possible to create an assembly that includes a peanut slave and a potentiometer that lets you set the strobe on manual and dial back it's output.

    Or you could dial back using the standard sensor, and get a hot shoe slave. Wein makes a reasonable quality collection of them also.
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    You can wire three or 4 of them together with pc cords and wye adapters. Just make sure they all have the same voltage on the sync contacts, easily done with a $10 DVM.
    Bob

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    thanks for all the advice. i have just randomly discovered a 3 way pc adater which goes into your camera and allows you to trigger 3 pc flashes at once! and only £11.99!!just need some more flashes now!

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    I'd be a little careful about the multi-pc connector. If any of your flashes is a higher trigger voltage model, it can fry the other flashes--or even the camera in some situations.

    I'd use wireless trigger of some form. Cords are a nightmare.
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    When you turn your camera on, does it return the favor?

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    I use optical slave triggers with mine. Much tidier than wiring them all together.


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    the cheapo ebay radio triggers are aint that bad either.

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    Yeah, the Yongnuo stuff is decent, never had misfires with mine (digi and film).

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