How to blow up your speed light

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  1. Village Idiot

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    A different button-pushing sequence will activate the IR mode, and only IR will be emitted, in the so-called 1-4 bandwidth. I've been asked to keep the sequence a secret, but if you guys promise not to tell anyone else I'll post it here - but you have to ask before noon today.

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    Like the IR focus assist beam? There's a custom function in Canon cameras to do that.
     
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    And now, the Speedlite is no longer a Speedlite.
     
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    No, it works with the main flash tube, and it works just as well as the Ws boosting system mentioned in Strobist article. The mesotrons in the plasmatic ectozone of the flash tube are aligned with the pro-futons*, and thus all the radiation is emitted in the BS 1-4 band. It's a well-known phenomenon.

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    * As an aside, I personally discovered the pro-futon. Just thought I'd let you know that. It was under a pile of dirty laundry.
     
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    This all soundslike an april fools joke to me
     
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    "This all soundslike an april fools joke to me"

    Surely not?

    If you wanted to double the output of an electronic flashgun you would have to quadruple the voltage across the capacitor. That's not possible by simply 'charging twice' as described in the excellent Strobist spoof.

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    Sounds like my son when he's using the oven... Doubling the temperature means the food will cook in half the time!
     
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    No, it's not. I've met Justin Phun before. Brilliant guy.
     
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    Yeah, just be careful with this. It is no joke and you can hurt yourself as well as destroy your flash. Pushing your flash outside of its operating limits is not a good idea. See Dave's comment there.
     

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