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BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/13/2005

Without a Pc Socket, what are my options?

I need help. I've just recieved my lights from Alien Bees and I'm really excited to start experimenting and I realize that my Canon 300d does not have a PC socket for the provided sync cord.
I've read in previous questions that I can purchase an adapter for my hot shoe and I've seen prices from $11 to $60 dollars.
Is this the only thing to do? I'm curious as to what all my options might be.
I'm supposed to do a mother and daughter party Mother's Day weekend and now I'm lost as to what I need to get so my camera and strobes work together.

Will my camera's flash set off the strobes? Is it possible to take pictures like that?
As you can tell I'm new to studio lights and I could really use some knowledge and advice.
Please help?

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4/29/2005 1:16:27 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The 300D's flash cannot be used to trigger optical slaves. The camera's flash uses a low power preflash that will set off the slaved strobes before the shutter opens.

Cheapest solution is the PC adapter in the hotshoe. I would not recommend the $11 one. You need an adapter (like the Wein Safe-Sync) that shields the camera from the high trigger voltage of the strobes.

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4/29/2005 1:42:42 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/13/2005
  Thanks John! I have read that before and was hoping that wouldn't be my only answer. I guess if that's what I need to do, that's what I'll do.

I also have another question. I bought a 420ex speedlite, is this in anyway ever used with the strobes?

I'm seriously learning and reading so much everyday but there are somethings that are unclear and this is one of those questions I don't know when or who I'd ask. But if you can use it with your stobes, how? And is a speedlite also called a slave?


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4/29/2005 6:30:50 PM

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