How to use Speedlight with BOTH SD-8 and PC cord?
I'd like to use a speedlight off-camera with a nondedicated PC cord (such as the Nikon SC-15) while using the SD-8 battery pack. I'm not sure how to do this.
Here's the thing: the SD-8 uses the speedlight's pc socket, so it's not available for the PC cord.
I can't use the SC-17 because the flash is going to be attached to a softbox that relies on the shoe mount as the means of connection to the bracket.
Now I'm not sure what to do. I ordered one of these thinking it might help: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/89996-REG/Hama_HA_6963_Multi_Sync_PC_3x_Adapter.html/BI/4775/KBID/5289/ But I'm not sure. I also don't know if I have the correct cord. Moreover, what if the signals get crossed between the SD-8, camera, and speedlight while routed through the multi-sync adapter???
I need the correct setup by Friday. I've thought about maybe getting an SC-18 TTL cord and using the SC-17 as simply an adapter placed in the camera's hot shoe. But realistically, I can't get one that quickly. In addition, even if I did get an SC-18, how would I disable the TTL metering (to bypass the camera's sync speed and set a higher speed (my camera has an interline transfer CCD and can actually sync higher than the rated sync speed).
What a mess! I was thinking about using the SD-8 battery pack without the PC lead, but who knows what that will mess up! AN AS-15 won't help either.
What I need is a device that attaches to the hot foot of the speedlight via a single-pin hot shoe, offers a PC socket, and a cold foot with a built-in screw to tighten it down to the Photoflex bracket!
Nikon user since 2000
#1. "RE: How to use Speedlight with BOTH SD-8 and PC cord?" | In response to Reply # 0sillyconguru Registered since 30th Oct 2005Wed 11-Jun-08 11:02 AM
>I was thinking about using the SD-8 battery pack
>without the PC lead, but who knows what that will mess up!
It should work fine. AFAIK, the SD-8a needs to use the PC-sync to "wake up" so you may have to test fire the Speedlight with the SD-8a connected to the PC-sync socket before connecting as you want.
#2. "RE: How to use Speedlight with BOTH SD-8 and PC cord?" | In response to Reply # 1ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Wed 11-Jun-08 01:16 PM
How would one know if the SD-8 has awakened or not? There are still 4 batteries in the speedlight and it might simply run off of those and the photographer would never know (except the recycling might be slower).
So if the speedlight goes into standby - is that when the problem might arise? I can prevent it from going into standby if needed.
What is the purpose of the PC lead from the SD-8? To let the speedlight know the SD-8 is attached?
Nikon user since 2000