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09-12-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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Two flashes and one hotshoe...sync cable question...

My question is......

can I safely use a Y sync cable?

One connection to a hotshoe but then goes to TWO flashes?
any advise please?

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09-12-2009, 02:31 PM   #2
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It shouldn't be a problem, as long as the voltages (combined) on both flashes is within the safe limit for the hotshoe.

Flashes are triggered when the two contacts (center pin and side pin) are connected together. Electrically, a Y cable looks identical to the camera.

I've done similar using wireless triggers with one flash on the receiver hotshoe, and another connected via the receiver's PC/Sync port.
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well the flashes in question are "yinyan BY-18" and the camera is a K-m and K100D if that is any help?

would use wireless but not suitable for this situation.

I will be useing a wireless trigger but just using the PC sync socket and connecting two flashes to it!

i just wanted to be fairly sure it is safe before i kill a camera of other equipment!
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If you are talking about the rig you have posted on another thread the cheapest and least confusing method is optical slave triggers for the two flash mounted on the round bracket.

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yes for that set up, but not with the big hotshoe flash!
just the two on the ring, other wise yes u are correct....

I intend to just use the twin on the ring, as they are strong enough....
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I don't use a Y cable, I just use this two port cold shoe, US $9.95.

Thank you
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09-15-2009, 02:03 PM   #7
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thanks Evans!

that looks ideal!
now time to find short PC Sync to 2.5mm jack cords!

thanks, thats what i was looking for and could not find it!
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