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    Fotomatic 500AZ

    I just picked up a flash from the local OP shop, Still sealed in box. As I do not have an external flash and the built in is limited, Is this flash any good.
    I have been taking photos for 50 years. I am now trying to get into Photography


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    Let's hope it's got the instruction and specifications manual. ($9.95 on-line.)
    How are you going to fire it? Do you have a PC plug on your camera? If so,
    are the voltages the same for camera and flash? You may have to trigger it
    with a slave unit. I read it's about 1980 vintage.
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    am .. It is a hot shoe and it does have a manual

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    Same. Camera hotshoe/flash voltage...

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    what should I be looking for

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    Trigger voltages for flash and camera. I'd say to be sure you don't fry your (from all reports)
    lower camera voltages with the (traditionally higher) ones from the flash, use a flash slave/trigger
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    am ... how does that work. If it uses the inbuilt flash to trigger the second flash, how do you compensate / dispense with the built in flash.
    Last edited by thegrump; 03-06-2016 at 10:35pm. Reason: extra

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    Deleted too much...

    You do not use the flash by triggering it (ie, directly) from the camera. You would do it remotely.

    This is the 1st article I found: http://improvephotography.com/10126/...de-on-a-flash/
    Last edited by ameerat42; 04-06-2016 at 8:09am.

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    It appears that the voltage of the flash is 6v and the camera battery is 7.5v. or is there some other element that I am not aware of. I read that article yesterday, it is a little boggling.

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    The trigger voltage required at the hot shoe (and attendant circuitry) might be less than 6V and
    may cause damage. I don't know where you'd find the that voltage figure.

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