I moved to a new house and somewhere in one of many boxes is my flash. I have a d90, d7000 and d300 I use. For my basement studio I have bought several backdrops and put them up with my lighting and found my sync cords but like I said not my flash. I went to B and H and tried to find a hot shoe that my light could sync into but the sync cord that goes from the lights to the camera has a small plug . The hot shoes that I looked at on B and H all have that same plug. I have gotten very confused. Should I just tear the boxes apart and find my flash? Or is there a hot shoe out there that I can attach the cord that runs from the light that should be going into the flash that I can use? I hope this makes sense.
#1. ",or something elseeRE: sync cord question" In response to Reply # 0 Tue 25-Dec-12 10:41 PM by mkbee1
Find your Flash! It will unravel a lot of confusion...yours as well as mine.
You have "lights" that you cannot sync with your camera without a hot shoe? What is the "small end" on your cord that speak of? Does it have the Nikon screw-lock PC attachment, a standard PC or something else?
What "lights"? Manual-capable 3rd party strobes, like the Vivitar 285, which adds another "small end" to the equation, or Yongnuo offerings that are manual lights and not dedicated to your Nikons? Monolights?
Given the lack of clarification, here's my best guess.
Go to Your local camera store, Adorama or B&H,and search for a Nikon AS 15. It is a hot shoe mountable sync apparatus, but you will need cords from it to your flashes, and it uses the Nikon screw-lock sync ends. It may fit your "small ends".
Next, go to FLASHZEBRA.com, and look at the many thingamabobs Lon carries. Something there will most likely be what you need.
On the other hand, find your flash or buy a new one to use till you do! Carl
#2. "RE: sync cord question" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! What type and model flash units are you using in your studio. Most strobes have optical triggers so you can use the built-in Speedlight set in Manual flash mode to the lowest power setting (1/128th.). Unless you are very close to the subject, or the strobes are at very low power; the built-in flash should not contribute to the exposure. Adding a Nikon SG-3IR will convert the white light from the built-in Speedlight to InnfraRed light which will not contribute to the exposure but will trigger the optical slaves.
The D300 has a threaded PC port built into the camera body. The D90 and D7000 require a Nikon AS-15 or a hotshoe to PC adaptor.
Another option is getting RF (Radio Frequency) Triggers and not have to deal with wires or PC cords. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!