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430 EX II Sync Port Modification

 
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Jan 05, 2011 15:43 |  #1

After purchasing my first AB Strobe, I decided I needed to get my 430 off camera as well. As we all know, it has no sync port. I spent a bunch of time trying to find a modification walkthrough, but mostly found the original 430 EX mod, which has a totally different foot than the MkII.

Thanks to DIY Photography, they found me a great walkthrough on how to do the mod and I went through with it. Here's the tutorial. (external link)

It was incredibly easy, although I stripped out the heads of two screws - one from the top of the body and one on the actual hotshoe. Easy enough, we were able to still unscrew them. The only problems I encountered were the retaining clip on the side of the flash, which I broke off and decided not to reattach, and soldering the wires to the hot shoe, because it is such a tight area.

The rest of the mod was easy, unscrew, open body, drill hole in front plate, run wires, and test. For my first DIY mod, it worked perfectly!

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Jan 05, 2011 15:45 |  #2

Am I missing something? How come you didn't just use the trigger to trigger the flash from the bottom? Is this a better way, or does it just allow you to use the little feet?




  
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Jan 05, 2011 15:47 |  #3

The trigger has no built in hot-shoe adapter on it. I would have purchased the AlienBees one but didn't feel like spending about $26 to have it shipped out. This cost me a total of $6 in parts.


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Jan 05, 2011 15:47 |  #4

ohhhhhhh

my cactus triggers have that, so I guess I don't need this. cool mod though, I like little tricks like this.




  
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Jan 05, 2011 18:43 |  #5

I think I would rather just buy the hot shoe adapter and not break parts off my expensive flash. :)



  
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Jan 05, 2011 19:21 |  #6

dedsen wrote in post #11581067 (external link)
I think I would rather just buy the hot shoe adapter and not break parts off my expensive flash. :)

Most people probably wouldn't even notice they broke this piece if they weren't looking for it. It's just a little clip on the flash casing. It really serves no purpose, other than to be a pain. The flash holds together perfectly fine with the screws in place.


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Jan 05, 2011 20:00 |  #7

Nice mod, would you mind if I added it here

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=980010


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Jan 05, 2011 20:10 |  #8

7D_Sniper wrote in post #11581567 (external link)
Nice mod, would you mind if I added it here

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=980010

Go for it. I take no credit for the instructions though, I linked to the actual tutorial.


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Jan 05, 2011 20:14 |  #9

That's a nice mod. But for a fat fingered guy like me with poor vision, I have decided to stick with the hot shoe adapters. Even on the 580EX II, I cussed the sync port and the screw lock cable. Just too much trouble for me. So, I use the hot shoe adapter.
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Jan 05, 2011 20:51 |  #10

Nice mod that makes for a neat package.


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