Flash Sync Voltages.......

Tim KirkwoodTim Kirkwood Registered Users Posts: 900 Major grins
edited December 12, 2004 in Accessories
I began reading some articals online about sync voltages for some differant flash units. From what I gather digicams should only recieve about 6V on the hotshoe. Well there is a listing here---->http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html

And they have several differant listings as reported by differant people. Well I decided to take a reading with my Fluke 87 III, on my new Promaster FT 1700 and I found that I got as high as a reading as 277V!!!!

Does anyone have any information to what the results of useing such a flash on a digicam does and how low it takes to do this damage? I know I could just play it safe and buy a safe sync (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/... ...A=details&Q=&sku=245292&is=REG) but as we all know any money saved is money spent on another piece of gear. lol

So long story short just wondering if anyone else has any other thoughts on the matter.


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    PerezDesignGroupPerezDesignGroup Registered Users Posts: 395 Major grins
    edited December 12, 2004
    Tim, this link just saved me a LOT of money. I had been planning to use an old Vivitar 2000 Flash I had and, luckily, just avoided potential drama. That monster uses 54v instead of 6v!

    Thank you very much. This is a permanenet bookmark.thumb.gif

    From what I've read...damage is slow and cumulative.
    Canon Digital Rebel | Canon EOS 35mm | Yashica Electro GSN | Fed5B | Holga 35 MF

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