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01-10-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Hacking / Simulating a HSS flash


Apparently I didn't do my research properly before I bought a K-3. I am used to a Canon system, where dumb strobes can be triggered at whatever sync speed the photographer wants.
I have a set of the CL180 style bare bulb flashes. They have a very useful high speed sync capability. However, the K-3 (and it seems all Pentax) does a completely stupid thing when I want to turn the shutter up above X-Sync. (As I am sure everyone knows, it disables the flash outputs. All of them.)
Pentax, please fix this utter nonsense on your premier DSLR!! At least make it a custom function!

Has anyone hacked a remote release cable or some such to trick the camera into thinking there is a HSS capable flash on the hotshoe? I just want the sync signal so I can trigger my flashes!

01-11-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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Off the top of my mind, I can think of two pretty easy solutions that don't involve the inherent hazards of hacking. First, use a graduated ND filter to reach 1/180th. Second use an HSS capable master flash.

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