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uw old slr strobes will lock up new dslr bodies?
alvinj88 - 11/12/2009 1:50 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 4

Okay so I called Ikelite yesterday asking if I can use the old substrobe 50 on my olympus E-1. they told me not to risk it ’cuz it may lock up my camera, when they say lock-up is it the shutter that locks up? They told me I would have to buy the new TTL DS-51 ($379 each ..ouch) and the digital sync cord ($94..another ouch..or dual sync..$150). Weird enough my Fuji S1 Pro takes the old substrobe 50 and even ttl’s with it. using the old sync cord. (it’s probably because the camera body is based on the slr nikon N60 film body) i remembered that when using the Vivitar 285HV on camera i had to use the Wein Safe sync

so in retrospect..if i use the old strobe with my e-1 using the safe sync, i shud be fine right? what do u guys think?
Easydiver2 - 7/19/2010 9:19 AM
You should test it on land first.

I use my old SS50’s with a digital adapter and my old nikonos cable to the strobe set in TTL mode. I shoot the camera in manual mode anyways and set the config of the digital adapter to know there will be NO preflash from my camera’s internal strobe.

Some the housing makers also have their own strobe adapters to let you reuse your old strobes that does not handle preflash in the auto, program, shutter/apert modes.
alvinj88 - 7/22/2010 10:15 PM
what kind of digital adapters?
Easydiver2 - 7/24/2010 11:42 PM
Go here to see digital adapters:

There are in Europe, but you can buy these devices in the USA.
Easydiver2 - 12/04/2010 5:16 PM

I don’t have a strobe sync cord attached to my digital camera, instead my internal strobe on the digital camera will trigger the digital adapter which is sync cord attached to my old analog strobe. This is for point and shoot cameras that do not have a hot shoe for the strobe. Since I initially started shooting in Manual Exposure mode, my digital adapter is configured to NOT expect the preflash thus it fires when it sees my internal flash go off.

My Canon 300D used a Vivitar 285 and I shot it in manual exposure mode also and it did not lock the DSLR up at all. When I switched to programmed or auto mode it did not lock up either but then it fired one flash only and not a preflash + flash.

Using a safe sync is a wise decision to interface to the old strobes due to the differences in voltages on the new digital cameras.