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Modern dSLR in an old Graflex but I need a period looking flash.

 
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Apr 06, 2017 22:35 |  #1

I am looking to make a modern dSLR look like a vintage Graflex and thought, why not just put one in one? So I have a shell and a SL1 with a Tamron 17-50/2.8 lens fits just right. The opening at the end of the bellows is about 67mm so that works out perfect. I really wouldnt be doing much zooming and can easily trigger via a wired or wireless trigger. But I am thinking I want to use a flash. Now I know that there are bare bulb flashes and they look modern but I am looking for something a bit more period looking. I found the old Canon 480eg but thats for older film camers and I assume it wont work on newer cameras?

Any ideas of canon compatible flashes that look for to the old Graflex style?

Looking for something close to this style

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Apr 08, 2017 17:52 |  #2

I'm not at home right now so I'm unable to consult my catalogs for brand and model...
but there is a pro flash unit which might be fit within the envelope of the Graflex flash to make it strobe rather than flash bulb...Or if you don't have the Graflex flash, it would look retro enough to fool most laymen.


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Apr 09, 2017 01:53 |  #3

I dont have a graflex flash. So I want something that gives the appearance without it having to be exact. I wouldnt even need it to attach or anything. I could just hold it up. A 480eg on the bracket seems to be the closest thing but I cannot find one for sale anywhere.


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Apr 09, 2017 11:06 |  #4

Look up Norman, and look up heads meant to work with the A200C supply. Or Lumedyne 200w/s pack and head.

http://normanlights.co​m/battery_systems.asp (external link)

Both have bowl reflectors reminiscent of the Graflex bowl.


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Apr 16, 2017 09:01 |  #5

The bulbs for the Graflex flash were quite big. You could add a wired hotshoe and mount a small modern flash inside the reflector, depending how much functionality and stealth you desire. This is a Panasonic Lumix DMW FL70 you can get on eBay for less than $50.

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Apr 16, 2017 09:46 |  #6

How about a Honeywell Strobonar? There are plenty of them available on eBay like THIS (external link) one.

Sunpak also made a number of handle-mount flashes that might be ok like THIS (external link) model 522. Search for Sunpak and you will find other models.

Also, Metz made handle mount flashes like THIS (external link). Again, search for Metz and you fill find other models.

I could not find one but search for Graflex Stroboflash II (external link). It was the actual Graflex strobe created in the 1940's. If you could find one of those you would be totally authentic. I'm not sure about finding a battery for one.

EDIT: Actually there are some available HERE. (external link) There is also a company that can help you get them working HERE (external link). That's fun to see, I used one of these when I helped shoot team and group photos for my high school yearbook in the 1970's.

After reading more this, while the most authentic may be a somewhat expensive since you would need to convert it to a modern battery system that fits into the old case. It is possible and the stroboflash.com site has lots of good information.

You will want to research the trigger voltage on anything old that you try to use. You don't want to fry the circuit on your camera.

I think with some new batteries you could get one that works. I have a Sunpak 611 that still works great after rebuilding the nicad battery pack.


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May 07, 2017 19:33 |  #7

The Canon unit is really a Sunpak 555 or more likely 622 (I have a complete 622 system) with a custom head and Canon name. They did make a Graflex style head I think, Look for a Model 120J by Sunpak.


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May 07, 2017 22:56 as a reply to  @ CanonCameraFan's post |  #8

Oh nice. The 555 is perfect. Thank you!


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