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Studio lights and the eos 300d

STUARTHILL758 18 38 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2004 7:32PM
can any one advise about firing studio lights from the canon 300d are there any problems whith the polarity on the leads i presume that maual operation should work and set up from a flash meter
FrankThomas 17 2.8k United Kingdom
6 Oct 2004 7:36PM
you'll need a hotshoe adapter of some description or an IR/Radio slave system as the 300D doesn't have a PC sync socket. You may want to check the trigger voltage of the strobes to make sure it's not too high for the camera, you can get a thing called a "SafeSync" by Wien I think that will sort that out.
You should be able to use a flashmeter but why not just use the histogram to check exposure ?
Daisy_intheMill 16 145 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2004 7:57PM
I don't have a 300d but do use 500w flashes with my Nikon Coolpix 5700. I was advised to be very careful connecting flashes by synch to a digital camera otherwise the camera can be seriously damaged. I've opted for an IR trigger that fits onto the hotshoe of the camera and triggers the cell on the lights. If you've got cells on your lights it's a good option and cheaper than a Wein adaptor. I use the histogram on my camera too.
Hope this is a bit more helpful info.
Tonyd3 16 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2004 10:03PM
Hi Stuart you should no longer have a problem with this now a days as Canon no longer use the rev polarity that created problems before. However i would use an infra red trigger like the Interfit unit for about 39

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