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    Trigger voltage : Any simple cure ?

    Bought an Achiever 321AZ flash recently which I hoped may suit an impecunious friends Nikon EM.
    Gadzooks ! Trigger voltage of 240 Volts !
    I can strip,clean, and reassemble an iris diaphragm, but I need help with this : can I solder a simple resistor into the base of the hotshoe to give this dear lady a flash she can use to photograph her adopted baby ?
    ( yes,I know about the dangers of charged capacitors,etc.)
    -any input welcome.

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    Wein Safe-Sync.
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    I also use a Wein Safe-Sync when I hook my Normans up to the camera that dare not speak its name on APUG.

    Radio slaves are another option in the studio, but for the on-camera flash a Wein Safe-Sync HS (Hot Shoe) should do the trick.
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    I'll second (well third in this case ) the Wein Safe Sync
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    fourth time recomended. Wein, that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger
    Bought an Achiever 321AZ flash recently which I hoped may suit an impecunious friends Nikon EM.
    Gadzooks ! Trigger voltage of 240 Volts !
    I can strip,clean, and reassemble an iris diaphragm, but I need help with this : can I solder a simple resistor into the base of the hotshoe to give this dear lady a flash she can use to photograph her adopted baby ?
    ( yes,I know about the dangers of charged capacitors,etc.)
    -any input welcome.
    Hello,

    in addition to the "Safe-Sync", paramount sync cords makes cables that reduce the sync voltage.

    However, the EM is an older camera, right? Check the spec's, it may be able to handle the high voltage. I have an old Metz handle-mount flash that I use on an old FE without difficulty. It also works on LF shutters. I know to never use it on any newer cameras, though! If I did a lot of flash work with the LF, I would want to fix this problem. A few high voltage flashes are probably OK. A lot and the sync connections will likely have problems.

    Matt

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    Hello?!? It's an EM! Why would you screw around with a Safe-Sync on a mechanical sync camera? There is no problem here.

    If you've got extreme pro-level shot volumes AND an unusual flash that pumps out excess current with the high voltage you might get some contact pitting, but that's 100s of rolls a year pro use, not aww-cute-pretty-baby use.

    The only cameras with high sync voltage problems are amateur-level TTL bodies. Non-TTL bodies are nearly universally mechanical sync, not electronic, and have no problem. Pro bodies are designed to handle the high voltage.

    FWIW I've used 200 volt 283s on a wide variety of manual cameras (Minolta XG-1/XD-11/X-370/Hi-Matic 9, Mamiya Press/RZ), as well as allegedly fragile digitals--a Sony DSC-700, an Oly E-10, and a Canon 1dsII. The XD-11 and E-10 both pulled event duty in their time and had many thousands of frames of 200v sync. No sync switch problems. Ever.

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    I'd never recommend using a flash to photograph a baby!!!

    Natural light is much more humane than blasting their delicate little eyes with flash.

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    Save money, buy about 6 rolls of Neopan 1600 for the cost of a Safe-Sync.

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    I would agree with Nicole.

    BTW, we have seen you post a few times, but don't know anything about you. Why don't you post a welcome message in the Introduction section so we can get to know more about you. I've been to Dunedin a few years ago, I came in on the old Southerner, which I guess is no longer running. I'll be in Christchurch again this coming October, I have a close friend living near Alexandra.
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