ync remote lighting with
confidence in any situation with ANY camera.
Oh, and forget the batteries. The Wein Digital
Smart Slaves don't need them so losing sync
because a radio receiver battery runs down is
never a problem.
SHUTTERBUG AT LARGE MY DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TOOL
GEAR FOR THE ePHOTO CROWD Page 46 WEIN DIGITAL
One of the things I have done in my studio for
many years is use an on-camera flash with my studio lights. The
on-camera flash had three purposes:
1......to fire my studio flash system via a
2......to provide a little bit of fill light
from the camera's direction.
3......to provide a catch light in the
subject's eyes when my studio flash was not in a position to do
Depending on the look I wanted, the on-camera
flash was set from 1/2 to 2 stops below the light level from
the studio flash. I don't like the look of direct flash even
when used at low level fill. This always worked great until
Canon improved their flash system and offered E-TTL flash
control. In E-TTL the camera flash first emits a low powered
pre-flash which is measured by the camera to fine tune flash
exposure . It made flash much more reliable but it defeated my
system because the pre-flash would fire my studio flash before
the camera shutter opened and I would get blank frames. I felt
overcome by progress.
Then along came digital SLRs and all of the
makers had to adopt a pre-flash system because TTL flash
measurement does not work off the face of a digital
I brought this up one day in a telephone
conversation with Stan Weinberg, the man responsible for all
the nifty photographic gadgets sold under the WEIN name. It
turned out that others had been griping about the same thing
and Stan had been at work on a solution. The solution is now
available in the new WEIN DIGITAL SLAVES ,and I can finally go
back to my preferred way of working .
The WEIN DIGITAL SLAVES are available in all
the popular slave configurations of their conventional battery
less option slave line. See www.weinproducts.com in the
DIGITAL section. No matter what brand of electronic flash you
have, one of their new DIGITAL slaves will work.
The professional long range SSLD and SSLED
series even has a slide switch that can select either(1) normal
(single flash) or digital flash (2). Note: some older
obsolete Olympus digitals that have two pre-flashes will not
I have been delighted with the freedom I once
more have to use flash the way I like. I have done a number of
studio shoots using the WEIN DIGITAL SLAVES and I am pleased to
report that they have performed flawlessly in every
WEIN SAFE SYNC HSHS
Another gadget from WEIN is at home on
any digital camera as well as many conventional ones as well.
Called HSHS SAFESYNC (reg) (Hot shoe to hot shoe) it steps down
the trigger voltage of old flash units that can be as high as
400 volts to below 6 volts required by all digital and many
other modern cameras.
You can use it with hot shoe flash units or you
can plug other types in (studio flash) via a PC cord to
the PC connector on the front of the HSHS SAFESYNC.
When it comes to expensive camera equipment,
you are better safe than sorry and the HSHS provides that
safety and sells for under $60 . I have not seen a camera
repair bill that small in many years.
Wein also makes other versions of safesync
including for double bladed household connections that are
depolarized so you don't have to worry about polarity. Hot shoe
to PC, Phono to phono European), household female to
household male for many US powerpaks.
For more information, call Tiffen
their exclusive distributor.