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How to use Speedlight with BOTH SD-8 and PC cord?


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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005
Wed 11-Jun-08 01:44 AM

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.

Photoflex: http://www.photoflex.com/Photoflex_Products/LiteDome_xs_Accessory_Hardware___Adjustable_Shoe_Mount/index.html

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!

Advice appreciated!


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