PC cords - am I missing something?

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  1. sheepflash

    sheepflash TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys
    I'm trying to figure out how to use my flash off-camera.

    What I have is:
    1) a hot shoe adapter on my camera with a female PC end.
    2) a flash adapter, also with a female PC end.
    3) a PC cord with 1 female end and 1 male end.

    Ok so obviously this won't work, but the hot shoe adapter came with a mini PC cord of around 8-10 inches (what is its utility? pocket wizards?) with 2 male ends.

    Basically my setup would be this:
    CAMERA ADAPTER (female) <--> (male) Mini PC cord (male) <--> (female) PC cord (male) <--> (female) FLASH ADAPTER

    So my question is this: Can I plug my PC cord with that little PC cord that came with the adapter? Am I supposed to do this?

    I know that a male-male PC cord would work, but the guy at the camera store gave me this. I DID test this setup and it did work, but is there some sort of danger that I'm not aware of when plugging two cords together?

    Sorry if the post seems confusing.
     
  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sorry, what I got out of this was "Blah...blah...blah...Ginger...is there some sort of danger that I'm not aware of when plugging two cords together... blah...blah"

    So, to answer that question, if the cords mate properly (ie you're not forcing them together) then there should be no danger whatsoever, just a small degree of annoyance.
     
  3. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A picture is worth a thousand words... I also had a little difficulty making heads or tails from the post.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    No danger other than it's another connection that could possibly fail. If you are going to use pc cords a lot buy a "pc conditioner". It's a cheap little device that helps you bend pc ends back into place. Then tend to get loose with lot's of use.

    If you are always going to use it this way just tape them together, or buy the cord you need.
     
  5. sheepflash

    sheepflash TPF Noob!

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    Alright thank you

    Note to Jerry:
    I hope you're not venturing outside today, it's freezing as hell in montreal.
     
  6. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The server room I am in is a balmy 45F... lol
     
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    Dubious Drewski TPF Noob!

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    Wait a minute, 45° Fahrenheit? Isn't that really cold? Like 5° Celsius? And doesn't "balmy" mean soothing?

    Are you saying you like it that cold?
     
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    45 degrees Fahrenheit sounds like paradise to me right now (32 is freezing, so it's still spring time weather)

    You don't find +7(ish) celcius balmy compared to our current weather here in Alberta?
     
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    Dubious Drewski TPF Noob!

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    7° Celsius indoors is very uncomfortable. Normal room temperature is 21°C.

    And yes, I'm very surprised at our biting cold this last week. Where the hell are all the Chinooks this year? I want to see another gymnasium's roof blow off this year, like last year. :D
     
  10. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Compared to -23C, which is what it was outside here yesterday (before wind chill factor!!)... a cool server room *is* balmy... lol
     
  11. Michael P. Harker

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    I suggest you buy a pc cord that is at least six feet long if you plan on using your flash off-camera as this will allow you to either hand hold the flash or put it on a light stand to achieve the angle of illumination you want. It should have the male connector at one end and the female connector at the other.

    Whenever you couple your flash through multiple cords you run a risk of failure - keep it simple by using one cord. And if you're doing a paying assignment you should have an extra cord as a back up.
     
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    It's like 9000 degrees kelvin here
     

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