Thanks to all for your input. I onsold the Achiever to a friend with a Nikkormat FT3, which could probably handle a lightening strike..
My friend now has a Starblitz 250 BAZ, with a t/voltage of 6.8volts, which she will use in bounce mode for the little one's eyes.
Roteague : I'll put something together as you suggested. And,yes,the Southerner is no more,sadly.
I found a website with a circuit diagram for a slave flash trigger thing, and it also doubled as a simple 'plug flash in here, plug camera in here' voltage reducer thingy... I got all the bits and a breadboard (circuit prototyping thing for those who dont know) ...
Originally Posted by Smudger
took about a week of phoning and waiting in traffic in lunch time to get all the correct bits - anyways
still on the shelf...
I had used my older Metz 45 CT with my Mamiya RZ often enough before I was made aware of its voltage issue - no problems - but I have started using my newer not as powerful yet safe 45CL (boring story) with my RZ just out of caution.. the CT does my Holga proud
If your a keen electronographer gizmo whatsit maker I can find the diagram again if you like
and also, hello from Auckland !
How old is your CT? You can check the serial number to see if it's safe or not. Metz actually used to fix them in the past. I'm not sure if they're still doing it.
serial number 534 000 or higher is the safe point.
Flash and babys
I agree with Nicole, some nice soft natural light takes some beating, as far as I understand flash won't damage a babys eyes, but it's not ( as we all know) ideal, especially stuck on top of the camera, maybe you could give your friend some advice Smudger.
Originally Posted by Nicole Boenig-McGrade
Yes, I've checked it earlier - its a baddy - my CL is fine tho, except the reflective chrome behind the lens has been eaten/blown away at some stage and I'm getting only half the reflection and therefore its more a 31 CL or something - wish I could combine the two good points of each for the two bad points - end up with one perfect metz and another not so
Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
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Might think about some chrome paint in the reflector. Krylon has some pretty good stuff.
Rock - re your flash reflector..
I have a roll of chrome metallic mylar adhesive tape which would be ideal for refurbishing your flash reflector.
e/m me if you'd like a strip..
Useful site with trigger voltages..
The mylar tape sounds like a good suggestion BUT you need to discharge the main capacitor before you start playing with the flash tube area.
You can disharge the cap with a 100 ohm 10 watt resistor across the flash tube. You should also check the voltage to eliminate any surprises.
It won't kill ya, but you may want to pause for a moment after you've discharged it through you arm.
hmmm, I thought of opening it and having a look see once upon a time when I found some chrome paint at work.. but I have a great track record of opening working things and putting them back together dead - the upshot is tho, that on occasion I will open a dead item, find nothing and find it working upon screwing it back together (; I've got a few too many projects on the go at the mo' but I will do it one day - cheers for the offers! and the advice re. the discharge ...