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Aug 10, 2006 22:28 |  #1

Whats the difference of using a PC cord compared to the canon hotshoe2 adapter? And does anyone know what PC cord I would need using a Metz 54 mz3 with my 30D? I tried to find something on the net about it but it just left me more confused. Any help would be appreciated.



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Aug 10, 2006 22:45 |  #2

Keiffer wrote:
Whats the difference of using a PC cord compared to the canon hotshoe2 adapter? And does anyone know what PC cord I would need using a Metz 54 mz3 with my 30D? I tried to find something on the net about it but it just left me more confused. Any help would be appreciated.

The biggest difference is the hotshoe2 will allow you to use ETTL-2 functionality while the PC cord forces you to use the flash in manual mode.

Not sure about the cord needed for the Metz though.


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Aug 10, 2006 22:53 |  #3

Ahh I see thanks John, I was just curious, I seen an article in a photo mag that talks about a cheap one light setup using a pc cord and haven't seen many people talk about them, its always the hotshoe 2.



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Aug 11, 2006 09:43 as a reply to  @ Keiffer's post |  #4

Keiffer wrote:
Ahh I see thanks John, I was just curious, I seen an article in a photo mag that talks about a cheap one light setup using a pc cord and haven't seen many people talk about them, its always the hotshoe 2.

There are all sorts of posts on this forum about PC cords.

That would be the "standard" setup for almost anyone using a studio flash setup.

But, the Canon Speedlights and Sigma Super will require an adapter to allow you to connect a PC cord (unlike many garden variety flash units like the Vivitar 283).

I am not aware of the particulars of the Metz 54, but Metz typically has very robust compatibility options. It is very likely it will accommodate a PC cord, either intrinsically, or with an adapter (possibly supplied when purchased, as a PC cord would be the most fundamental use mode).

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Aug 11, 2006 10:57 as a reply to  @ FlashZebra's post |  #5

Also, the pc socket can typically handle about 250V on most canon digital bodies, as opposed to 6V on the hotshoe. Important if you are using non-canon, older flashes.


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