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06-24-2008, 07:46 PM   #31
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West Kansas would be a good place to get some heat lightning shots. Its like fire work shows out there. Here in Florida its like artillery strikes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by procyon Quote
I read somewhere (here ? ) that it's possible to wire a flash optical slave sensor to the camera so it acts like a remote. Sudden flash (=lightning) and it triggers the camera.
Not sure where you read it, but I have always wanted to build a lightning trigger. I have read about some fancy ones, but thought I would give a simple version a try.

Went to a local camera repair shop (yes, some still exist) and inquired about a cheap flash, brand didn't matter, and it didn't matter if it worked or not, I explained all I wanted was the foot. He gave me one (really cheap looking from the 1970's) no charge.

Unscrewed the foot, connected the wires to a mini audio plug, (center pin of the plug to the center of the flash foot) plugged it into my *istD, and manually triggered my flash (simulated lightning)

Shutter tripped just fine.

Now I have a flash triggered camera, next step is lightning. Forcast for the upcoming 4 days is evening thunder storms.

If I get a shot, I'll post it

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Not sure where you read it, but I have always wanted to build a lightning trigger. I have read about some fancy ones, but thought I would give a simple version a try.

Went to a local camera repair shop (yes, some still exist) and inquired about a cheap flash, brand didn't matter, and it didn't matter if it worked or not, I explained all I wanted was the foot. He gave me one (really cheap looking from the 1970's) no charge.

Unscrewed the foot, connected the wires to a mini audio plug, (center pin of the plug to the center of the flash foot) plugged it into my *istD, and manually triggered my flash (simulated lightning)

Shutter tripped just fine.

Now I have a flash triggered camera, next step is lightning. Forcast for the upcoming 4 days is evening thunder storms.

If I get a shot, I'll post it
What you are describing sounds more simple than the link you posted above. What about using and old style remove slave trigger?
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What you are describing sounds more simple than the link you posted above. What about using and old style remove slave trigger?
That's what I am using. the only marking's on my trigger are "Mini-Cell" and "Made in Japan"

I bought it about 4 years ago, really cheap, from a photo store, just to give remote trigger to an old Sunpak Autozoom 3000 flash for background lighting.

it seems to work just fine as a camera trigger, the only question is about sensitivity. how bright a flash do I need to set this off. That will be known hopefully after the weekend.

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