Another legacy flash question

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by teefin1, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Recently acquired a Vivitar 550FD. I'm a bit concerned after reading that some of these flashes are high voltage. Would a wireless trigger be enough to safe sync and protect the camera from damage? There are safe sync adapters but the Sony one Is silly money and the others aren't widely available in the UK.

  2. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
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    Ad Dieleman
    A wireless trigger separates the flash's circuit from the camera, so a possible high voltage cannot damage the camera. Of course the receiver connected to the flash can be damaged instead, but the consequence is that only the receiver will be destroyed and that is not very costly. I use YongNuo flash triggers, type RF-602. These were intended for Nikon but also work on my NEX-6 as well as on the Panasonic GH2 and G1 in combination with Falcon SS-150 studio flashes. Although I have several flashes with trigger voltages well over 250 V, I've never tried to use those with the trigger system.

    The only way to know for sure is to measure the voltage at the sync terminal of the flash with preferably a digital multimeter. If the voltage is 6 V or lower, you should be safe. The YongNuo transmitter (3 V) and an Olympus FL-50R (4.5 V) did not fry my NEX-6.
  3. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Thanks Ad, the flash is reported to be approx 10v so not high but not low. I don't mind losing a few quid if it blows up the transmitter as long as the camera is safe :)
  4. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jan 1, 2012
    NoCal, USA
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    There is also Wein Safe Sync makes it safer.