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02-11-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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Pentax ME super + yongnuo triggers?! It Works!!

Hi!!
In this period I've read a lot about flashes and lighting, but I have had very few time to practice. Today I've finished my exams, so I took a break and I've tried to apply what I've learned.
At first, it was very difficult (with my K5) to understand the law of the inverse, where to put flash, what power, f number and ISO. After a while I obtained decent results.
I was quite happy about my results and in the end I remember that I have had a film in my ME Super which I planned to finish. So I thought "well, this triggers and flash is something too modern, but maybe it could works on that srl. It would be cool!".
I took the camera, the trigger, mounted it and after setting the camera properly, I took the shot.
NOTHING. It doesn't fire.
I was a bit disappointed. So I tried to move the trigger in order to face the contacts, but with no results.
And here I had the idea.
In the box with the trigger there was a cable (the PCsync cable I think) and on the left side of the ME I saw a slot (which I didn't know that was the PC sync slot!). So I plugged in the cable and tried to shot. And it Worked!!
I'm really happy to have found this solution and tomorrow I would like to develop the film to see if there is something good in it!

I don't know if this is something obvious to you, but I would like to share with you this little result.
Have a nice day!

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Congratulations! Thanks for the info, I'll try them on my KX
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Maybe your ME Super hotshoe is no longer working properly? It should have triggered even without the PC sync cable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcobain1992 Quote
Maybe your ME Super hotshoe is no longer working properly? It should have triggered even without the PC sync cable.
That was my thought. There is nothing magical about the triggers and the ME Super hotshoe supports generic devices just fine. The only thing the dedicated contacts do is to set the shutter speed to the X-sync setting and signal in the viewfinder when the flash is ready. For other devices that support a hot shoe, set the shutter speed to 125X, mount the flash or trigger, set the lens aperture, and shoot away.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
That was my thought. There is nothing magical about the triggers and the ME Super hotshoe supports generic devices just fine. The only thing the dedicated contacts do is to set the shutter speed to the X-sync setting and signal in the viewfinder when the flash is ready. For other devices that support a hot shoe, set the shutter speed to 125X, mount the flash or trigger, set the lens aperture, and shoot away.


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Yes, is what I've thought too!
But for some unknown reasons it works with other old flashes but not with the Yongnuo. The reason I wrote what I discovered is simply because I didn't thought it could work and maybe others have had the same problem!

In any case, I will try to clean better contacts on the hotshoe, maybe is correlated.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gabro822 Quote
Yes, is what I've thought too!
But for some unknown reasons it works with other old flashes but not with the Yongnuo. The reason I wrote what I discovered is simply because I didn't thought it could work and maybe others have had the same problem!

In any case, I will try to clean better contacts on the hotshoe, maybe is correlated.
Have you tried the Yongnuo with the cable removed from the unit? I have a Vivitar flash that can only be fired through the hotshoe when the pc cable is not plugged into the flash. If the cable is plugged into the base of the flash, the hotshoe is disabled.


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