No Hot Shoe? No PC? No Problem.

UPDATE: From the comments, there is a Flickr discussion thread on this technique.

Spanish Strobist translator extraordinaire Rafa B. has a neat little off-camera flash hack on his VacioPerfecto site. It's in Spanish (duh) but you'll get the idea.

He is using a Hama hot shoe slave and a Gadget Infinity remote to synch his hot-shoe-less point-n-shoot camera with an off-camera flash.

Why not just plug the slave into the external flash itself? Because the GI remote can see around corners, of course. Rafa has an example photo on his site.

I do not know how he is controlling the relative levels of the two flashes. I would guess he is running both flashes on manual for consistency and to avoid slaving the pre-flashes.

If you already have the gear (as I suspect more than a few of you do) it certainly seems like it would be worth a try.


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Blogger Rafa Barberá said...

Buried into the Flickr group threads, you can find this one, where I expose all the gory details of this "invention". As you can see from the comments, this is a more-that-once born idea. You get all the pieces, and then you need to play around with them.

And not, I didn't use the internal flash, it´s dialed down at minimum and used only to fire the GI trigger.


July 31, 2007 1:37 AM  
Blogger Will said...

there's a flickr discussion on this in english, for those of us that are bilingually challenged

July 31, 2007 1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi David,

I tried something similar with a panasonic Lx-1 and a wein peanut attached to the cable that comes with the gadget infinity which also works i find if i put my finger over the flash the preflashes aren't strong enough to fire through my finger but the actual flash does upto about 10m for futher distance i 'show the GIs a bit more flash. Works ok


July 31, 2007 3:42 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

Can you also use a Wein Peanut in the port on the side of the GI transmitter? Might be a little smaller. To me, a cool mod would be to shrink the whole package and mount it on the digicam to cover the onboard flash with the thingy. Then you have off-digicam flash without the onboard getting in the way.

July 31, 2007 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have also been working with a PS that has no PC jack or flash hot shoe. I have rigged up a simple "L-shaped" bent piece of cardboard that basically blocks the flash from going straight out towards the subject. I use some velcro to attach it to the camera in the right spot. It also reflects the on-camera flash light to the sides, where my Sunpak 383 is waiting with its Vivitar SL-2 optical slave. Works great. I have also tried using a piece of under-exposed slide film over the camera flash. It basically acts as an infrared filter, the flash trigger will see it, but the camera will not.

Ray B

July 31, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Or use the magic of google to translate!

August 03, 2007 12:00 AM  

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