What kind of sync cords do I need?

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  1. SoulfulRecover

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    What do I need, to get my lens hooked up to my wireless flash sync? Alien Bees with Paul C. Buff wireless trigger.

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    Dunno but if it's a standard PC-to-PC cord, it should work. Just make sure the lens-side contact is clean. Usually a toothpick an a bit of isopropyl on the lens contact. Test, test and test some more...
     
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    That does NOT look like a PC connector.
    This is when you need the old guys who know the old gear.
     
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    Looks like you need a female bi-post connector.
     
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    And go for a GOOD one. Go for the BEST: Paramount brand. Seriously. 20-year lifespan, easily. Under $20.

    Paramount Female PC to Bipost - 6" 17BPPF B&H Photo Video

    You can buy this, and then connect the male PC end to a "standard" PC cord.
     
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    It is very definitely a PC connector below the synch selector and what looks like an archaic connector above the synch selector. Looks to date from the 1950s which is also suggested by the X, M and F options for flash synch. You will need to set the selector to X or the flash will fire before the shutter opens.
     
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    Here is the connector below the synch selector in the OP's photo (which he states is OK to edit):
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    It appears to be threaded so I think it's a cable release socket, not a flash socket. But, there may be a PC connector elsewhere on that shutter.

    The image below shows a standard PC connector:
    Flash synchronization - Wikipedia

    There are 2 kinds of bi-post connectors that I've seen. The kind with smooth posts like on the OP's lens and this other kind:
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    I don't know if the same connectors fit both types but hopefully they do.

    You see these bi-post connectors on American cameras and shutters. The PC (Prontor-Compur) connectors are of European origin but you also find them on American equipment.
     
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    That threaded port would be for the cable release

    The lens is a 10” Kodak Commercial Ektar in an Ilex #4 shutter.

    Thank you all for the help :)
     
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    Ok so I bought the two sync cords so I could run the trigger for my strobes. The sync cords go from bi-post to pc male, pc female to 3.5mm jack. The problem is that the PCB trigger uses a 2.5mm jack (thought it was 3.5). I found a 3.5 female to 2.5 male adapter but I wanted to check with you all and see if this would work before I purchased it.

    Metra 2.5mm Male - 3.5mm Female Adapter

    Or would I be able to buy a hot shoe and ditch the second sync cord and plug the PC end into the hot shoe and run my trigger that way?
     
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    The Metra adapter you linked to is for stereo audio purposes. It has 3 terminals -- left channel, right channel and ground. I don't know what type of plug the PCB unit requires but I don't think it would be a stereo plug though it might work. You'd have to ask them, if possible.

    Your second suggestion seems simpler.
     
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    I was told that as long as its a TRS, it should work. I guess I'll find out tonight haha

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