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    Good morning, Hoffy;

    This goes back earlier than that. Doctor Harold Edgerton of MIT had developed a light to do that back in the 1930s, and a book on how the flash was used in photography was published in 1939. I think I can find it to get the exact title if needed. The original General Radio Stroboscope used a red Neon flash tube. Harold Edgerton did a lot of work with the Atomic Energy Commission in photographing such things as nuclear explosions. It has been around for a while. I seem to remember that the Xenon flash tube was coming into greater use in the 1950s. I know that by the 1960s, "electronic flash" was making great inroads into photography, but the small and lighter flash bulbs were still going strong. We were still using AG-1, M2, 26, FlashCubes, Flip-Flash and similar things well into the 1980s. They were a lot smaller and much lighter and gave a lot of light output in comparison with the electronic flash units commonly available. The flash units that had similar lighting output in comparison with the flash bulbs we commonly called "potato mashers," because that is what they looked like, and they were big and heavy, and the best way to operate them was with an external 510 volt battery pack for a really short recycle time. I did have a Heiland-Honeywell model 600 Strobonar in the late 1960s, and I think it came out either in 1966 or 1967, so it will be a proper period piece for use with your Koni-Omega. Any one of that series from the 65C through the 882 will fit well with your K-O. By the way, I do have a K-O Rapid-M here with the 5.6/58mm WA, the 3.5/90mm Normal, and a 4.5/180mm Telephoto lenses.
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    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

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    Ralphs seem to be right 1938 thereabouts by Harold Edgerton, the link below tells the history of early electronic flashes for Graflex
    http://graflex.org/GHQ/GHQ-13-1.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiltw View Post
    Stroboflash existed in the 1950's. I shot with used one around 1965, that had been donated to our high school by a pro after he surplused it.

    My late cousin had one of these when I was in high school - probably about 1954. Used it with his Rollei.
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    I bought a second-hand Braun-Hobby 100 in 1953. It used a rechargeable (and heavy) lead-acid 4 volt battery and was rated at 100 watt-seconds. At the time it seemed to be a wonderful improvement over flash bulbs.

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    See http://www.apug.org/forums/archive/i...p/t-45226.html for a discussion of the old Braun Hobby electronic flash.

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    From the Braun website: In 1952, Braun enters the field of modern electronic photo technology. First product is the “Hobby” portable electronic flash unit.

    As an aside: one of the problems (besides size and weight) of the early electronic flash units was they put a fairly high voltage across the X-sync flash contacts, often resulting in contact pitting.

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    I can remember my father had a Braun flash which took four (I think) 90 volt radio batteries carried in a separate leather case.

    This would have been about 1968.


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    Begosh, it's still in my possession!

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    The plastic mounting foot suffered an injury long ago, and years later the "welded" repair (with a soldering iron) gave out on that. A couple of years ago I found it wouldn't run -- likely a deteriorated electrolytic cap sitting like a slug on the inverter circuit. I thought I had tossed it, but there it is - a cute paperweight. It ran on two AA cells, was not a power house, but worked for my infrequent use. It came with an adapter cable that plugged into an earphone style jack on the side near the foot and allowed using it with PC fittings for non-hot shoe cameras. (Looks funny today to see a hot shoe with one little contact in the middle!)

    I believe I got it sometime in the 1960s, but can't pinpoint a date. I was using a Honeywell Tilt-a-Mite with bulbs for a while on the Konica FP I bought in 19-aught-63.

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    From the April 1982 issue of Popular Photography:

    Get out and shoot!!!

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