I've been using a D100 for a little over a month now, and thinking about getting a set of strobes. My N90s has both a 10-pin and a sync socket, but the D100 only has a 10-pin socket on the grip. What options do I have to connect the strobes? (I'm looking at Hensel, Novatron and Profoto for now, but welcome any suggestions; I can get a set of Novatrons from a friend, but how would I connect to the power pack? Could I use a hot shoe to PC adapter?
It adds some expense but I have been using the Pocket Wizard wireless transmitter and receivers to sync with my Photogenic monolights and it has worked well for me. It also gives me the benefit of one less cord to trip on while I am working. The transmitter fits in the hot shoe and the receiver connects with a short sync cord to the lights. I know with the the Profoto lights you can get them with a Pocket Wizard compatible receiver built into the power pack.
I think you could use a hot shoe to pc adapter as well but I haven't tried it personally.
>Quantum Instruments offers the Radio Slave, which I assume >is similar to the pocket wizard. > >There is a specific hot-shoe adapter for the D100 (same for >the N80) to make a PC connection. I forgot the #, however.
As for hot shoe adapter, check out Safe-Sync HS Voltage Regulator. It is made to protect cameras from high sync voltages. It slides into D100 hot shoe. Then you can use a standard male PC sync cord. It regulates voltage to 6 volts.
I use the Hensel Porty 1200 with the EHT Heads, which have been a Godsent for my little SB-50DX. I use the 15' sync cord which connects to my pc adapter on the hotshoe of my D100, and I am ready to shoot. I opt for the Hensel because my friend was retiring from the business and for the same price for a Quantum setup, I was able to buy his unit. You can also use the SB-50DX in IR remote mode, where you place a plastic cover over the flash, and use Hensel as a slave without the cord. Probably in the next month or so, it will be set up with a Flash wizard for total wireless.
I simply use the built in flash, set at its lowest setting, obviously, to trip the flash sensor on my White Lightning monolights. Many strobe systems have this light sensor built in or you could buy one; they are very cheap. This costs nothing, or next to nothing. Much, much cheaper then wireless RF transmitters.