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Jan 19, 2011 00:39 |  #1

I have a Canon EOS 40D and a 430EX II. I want to use the flash off camera with a PC sync cord. The 430 EX II doesn't have a PC sync port on it. Does this device (external link) connect to my flash and enable me to connect it to my camera via a PC sync cord?

Does my question make sense?

Any other thoughts are welcome!

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Jan 19, 2011 01:03 |  #2

I have no idea if that adapter will work at all.

I have 'other thoughts' though :) :
There are two more or less inexpensive ways I know of to achieve off flash photography:
- One is to purchase a E-TTL off camera cord like this one: E-TTL Cord (external link). The reports say its a bit frail, there is a Canon version for around $50 or so.
- The other option is to purchase some of the wireless transmitters. I personally own the Young-Nuo ones featured here: Flash Trigger (external link), and it works great. Cowboy Studio also has some which are fairly cheap.

I prefer the second option as it is not physically constrained and you can place the Flash most anywhere. Of course, its not $7 as your option, but I have no idea if that will work.

Hope this helps a bit,
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Jan 19, 2011 01:32 as a reply to  @ RafaPolit's post |  #3

I actually have both the ettl cord and the eBay triggers. My reason for wanting the Pc sync is that when using my flashes on the eBay triggers with umbrellas, the flash sits too high to really work effectively with the umbrella. So what I'm wanting to do is connect the eBay triggers to the flash via Pc sync cord so that I don't have to have it under my flash - holding it up an extra 4".

Thanks for the ideas though, Rafa!


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Jan 19, 2011 01:49 as a reply to  @ Mchphotographer's post |  #4

That looks like it should do what you're expecting it to do; but I don't see how it's going to get around the problem you were describing about the height. It sits under your flash just like the mount on the off-camera cord mentioned earlier...

Also, you're not desiring E-TTL functionality, right?


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Jan 19, 2011 10:34 |  #5

I just want to reduce the height under the flash - the wireless receiver is 4", and this other deal is about 1". And for what I'm doing, I don't need ettl.


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Jan 19, 2011 10:37 |  #6

take a look at www.flashzebra.com (external link) Lon, the owner is a member here, he can fix you up. He ships quick and stands behind his products.




  
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Jan 19, 2011 10:40 |  #7

What wireless receiver are you using that is 4" high? Mine are about an inch.

I think what you've linked will work but I'm not 100% on whether it's to fire a flash from a PC or convert a camera hotshoe to a PC connection. Though if it's just closing a circuit I suppose it should work both ways.




  
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Jan 19, 2011 10:46 |  #8

I just ordered the adapter on ebay. I'll post a pic of my setup when it comes.


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Jan 19, 2011 10:55 |  #9

This is the wireless system I'm using.
http://cgi.ebay.com …K:MEWNX:IT#ht_4​345wt_1141 (external link)


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Jan 19, 2011 11:24 |  #10

Most wireless and PC sync adapters will only allow you to fire a manually set flash, without any TTL metering or camera-based control of the flash's output.

An off-camera-shoe-cord allows you to use full eTTL control of the flash. An ST-E2 or the camera models with built-in wireless control do, too, wirelessly and with the ability to control multiple flashes. But an ST-E2 (or the camera models with built-in wireless flash control) only work line-of-sight because they rely upon IR for communication. Why is this important? Well, line-of-sight significantly limits where you can position the flash and makes it more difficult to avoid hot spots or accidentally getting the flash in your image.

There are a few radio wireless with some sort of eTTL control starting to appear on the market (I think Paul Buff makes one, but suspect they're still pretty pricey). To do this, these have to translate the signal to radio, which doesn't need to be line-of-sight, then back to IR.


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Jan 19, 2011 11:29 |  #11

Why is everyone banging on about ETTL? The OP said they don't need it.

Mchphotographer wrote in post #11672258 (external link)
This is the wireless system I'm using.
http://cgi.ebay.com …K:MEWNX:IT#ht_4​345wt_1141 (external link)

That's very weirdly orientated, but can't you turn it 90 degrees about that mounting brackt so the flash points along the umbrella shaft?




  
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Jan 19, 2011 11:34 |  #12

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Jan 19, 2011 12:21 |  #13

Mchphotographer wrote in post #11672258 (external link)
This is the wireless system I'm using.
http://cgi.ebay.com …K:MEWNX:IT#ht_4​345wt_1141 (external link)

Wow, those things are huge. I can't imagine why they are oriented the way they are. My PocketWizards add less than an inch, which is about the same as a cord adapter or the PC adapters shown (which look like they would do the trick). But can't you connect the triggers to the flash with the ETTL cord you have?


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Jan 19, 2011 16:37 |  #14

@DaxJW I could do that, but it puts the flash head way too close to the umbrella.

@AntonLargiader Boy, do I ever feel stupid. Thanks!

Does anyone know how good the YongNuo YN-460 (external link) is? I'd just be using it as a slave...


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