Monday, December 10, 2007

Straddling the Line Between Genius and Insanity, Part Deux

Only once before in the 800+ post history of this blog has the above headline been awarded to a piece of DIY lighting gear. But I am resurrecting it for Finland-based reader Aki K.

Dude built his own DIY off-camera TTL cord from scratch. Folded-metal hot shoe and all.

Honestly, I really do not know what to say. Other than 'I'm not worthy.'

:: Aki's DIY SC-28 Clone ::
:: Previous Genius/Insanity Honoree ::

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7 Comments:

Blogger andyfangandy said...

Get these on the market!

December 10, 2007 2:48 AM  
Blogger Aki Korhonen said...

I was just wondering where did the spike on views come from, but this explains it. Thanks! :)

December 10, 2007 4:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont forget its EXTREMELY cold and dark in Finland at the moment so what else is there to do!!!
big respect tho.

December 10, 2007 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a lot of work to create something that already exists for only $50...

(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/654/Flash_Accessories_Dedicated_Cords_Modules.html)

There's also a 9' cord available...

December 10, 2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Allan said...

I just read your story about the SB-800 strobe used in SU-4 mode and ran to test, as I had no idea what SU-4 was.

I found that if you set it to SU-4 and mount the flash on the camera, you can still set it to TTL and you get very similar automatic results to the normal TTL.

So if you want TTL on camera, and instant manual sensor flash off, just leave it in SU-4.

December 13, 2007 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Allan M (Samdiver74) said...

This is great information, for those with Canon gear
I have recently done this hack to My Canon off camera shoe cord 2.
I made a 50ft extension cable using PS/2 6 Pin mini DIN connectors.
(caution! a genuine PS/2 keyboard extension cable does not utilize all 6 pins and Canon flashes require all 6 to keep ETTL)

Here is the link for the Mod over at Photography on the Net
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=123662

The only drawback I have found
is the Mini DIN connectors don't lock, I guess a piece of gaffer tape around the connectors will help reduce or stop the connectors from pulling apart if too much tension is applied.
Oh and Purchase liquid electrical tape from Home depot to keep the soldered connections electrically insulated as heat shrink on such a short stretch of cables typically shrinks the heat shrink.
Hope this helps the Canon users out there.
Allan M (Samdiver74)

December 12, 2008 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Allan M (Samdiver74) said...

Sorry the last part should have read like this.
Oh and Purchase liquid electrical tape from Home depot to keep the soldered connections electrically insulated as when soldering on such a short stretch of cables, typically heat shrink, will shrink way too fast, even before it can be moved into the correct position
Hope this sounds better
Allan M

December 13, 2008 9:05 AM  

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