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as the 300d has no sync socket what is the best way to go in regards to getting started with studio lighting.
cheers for any help.
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You really have three options.
1) Use a Wein safe sync to connect a cable from your lights to the sae sync which sits on your hotshoe
2) Use an IR trigger which sits on your hotshoe and need no wires.
3) Use a radio trigger that sits on your hotshoe and needs no wires.
I have PC sockets on both my Canons but use option 3 to give me more flexibility and freedom when shooting....
About 50 for one transmitter and one receiver.
if you've a 550ex, or another flashgun that you can set to manual, you could use it to trigger the studio lights as slaves. Just set the output of the flash very low, so it has no effect on the final lighting.
I used to just use a hot shoe adaptar with my 300D with portaflash heads as they are not as powerful as others.
one thing to bear in mind, and it's been touched upon with the mention of the Wein Safe sync, make sure your flash trigger voltage isn't greater than 6V if you are not using a Wein safe adapter, as this is the safe limit apparently for the 300D.
A Wein Safe-Sync for 45 from SpeedGraphic* is a wise investment taking into account the value of your camera and the cost of repairs.
*Page 61: Summer 2005 catalogue.
thanks for the help guys i like the idea of using a flash trigger as i have a 550ex, would i have to look for studio kit that can be triggered that way or is it a standard thing with studio lights (i was thinking portaflash 2 studio kit on ebay)
Almost all studio lights can be triggered using an optical slave cell. Although it's a while since I dumped my portaflash kit, and can't remember...
tape a piece of tissue over your pop up flash to cut the output right down. That way the flash on the camera will trigger the studio lights but have no effect on your metering/exposure. It also means you have no worries about trigger voltages etc.
It takes very little to set off the slaves on the studio flash - a lighter or flouresant tube starting up will trigger them....try it
do you need a wein safe sync when using studio flash with a 20D or is it just the 300d that it is advisable to use one with?
It depends on the sync-voltage of the flash, below 6v is fine, below 12v should be OK. I wouldn't like to use any modern camera with a flash sync-voltage higher than 12v (even if it has a PC socket. If in doubt, get a safe-sync or IR trigger.
I will be using the portaflash system to start with.
Portaflash 2 Kit:- both heads have built-in slave units.
20D has a PC socket so in short NO, not with Portaflash anyway.
thanks for your help.
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