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    ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    I've been registered for some months now, but this is the first time I post. I've been reading a lot on the forum, and it's been a big help for my LF efforts. Now, to my question:

    I'm using a Kodak Commerial Ektar 14" in an Ilex 5 shutter with my camera, and I was wondering if there was any way to use a flash / strobe system with it.
    The lens seems to have something called a ASA flash sync socket, and I was wondering if there is any cable that will convert that to a common PC sync port.
    I found somebody selling this on E-bay, but I'm not sure it will fit.

    Any help is highly appreciated.

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    yes, that's what you want

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    That's just what you want- although I have a much smaller metal ASA-PC 'tip' adapter on one of my shutters that does the same thing. That came from someone long out of businees, though, and I have no idea who made it or where another caould be found. So I'd say 'buy it now'. Of course, set your shutter to the 'X' setting before using flash.

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    Paramount cables will make anything you want.

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    The seller is a good guy too. I've had good dealings with him in the past.

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    Thank you for all the replies. However, it seems I mistook the socket type. I've been told it's an ASA sync socket by an acquaintance, but looking closer at the socket, I think it's a bi-post sync socket (but I'm a new to all these sockets, so I'm not sure). Here's a photo:



    Now, if this is a bi-post sync socket, is this the appropriate cord?

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    Yes. And its good that you checked your friend's sanity before spending.

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    I know... very few people around me know really anything about LF, but claim a lot. It's not been the first time I've received incorrect information and advice.

    Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    ....Note to Paramount Cord Ltd: It would be fabulous if you could also offer these adapters as compact one-piece connectors, for me that would be preferable over having 4" cables dangling off my lens.... (Yes, I know they do custom jobs, but not to that extent I think)
    http://www.jeffbridges.com/perception.html "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right."

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    Re: ASA flash sync socket - converting to PC sync port

    If you are at all handy, the power connector from some small electrical goods like radios and electric razors is a perfect fit to a bi-post flash terminal. Cut of the power plug at the length you want and you can attach whichever flash connector you like.

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