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Offline Ashfleeburgooben

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3600HS Fire at Full Power Wirelessly
« on: November 05, 2008, 11:47:44 PM »
Is there any way to make the 3600HS fire at full power when used wirelessly? I have four of them and they become reasonably unpredictable when firing and impossible to use when trying to practice lighting ratios.

I have done a fair amount of searching but this question hasn't come up and being that I am fairly new to experimenting with lighting I can only make some educated guesses. Could I get some basic strobe triggers to put on these? I don't mind setting up filters or changing distances, I'd just like to get consistency without having to go out and buy a bunch of flashes when I already have four! (I got them up here in Canada when Minolta first pulled out of here and a bunch of shops sold them to me at only $50 a piece!)
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Re: 3600HS Fire at Full Power Wirelessly
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 12:06:17 AM »

Oh, AFAIK it's not easy.  You could fire them wirelessly using Cactus triggers (cheap Ebay ragio triggers) using a FS-1200 adapter, but they *probably* will fire at 100%.  More importantly, the FS-1200 can't be had for love or money (I have one, but am looking for a second and haven been for a while).

If I'm honest, I would suggest selling the flashes and getting some old cheap Nikon/Canon/Metz/Minolta [with Std hotshoe] flashes and going fully manual 'Strobist' style.
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Re: 3600HS Fire at Full Power Wirelessly
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 04:30:34 PM »
Well, that is frustrating.  I guess it's the answer I need anyway though.  Are there some flashes in particular you would recommend?  Actually, it occurs to me that I have an old Sunpak that I can adjust manually.  I'll have to pull it out and take a look at whether it will do what I want or not.  I would like one or two additional ones though for experimenting.  I'm considering the Sony 58 as find of the Master of the collection but with a couple of Manual flashes I might be able to really start learning how to do this stuff!

Thanks for your information!

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Re: 3600HS Fire at Full Power Wirelessly
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 06:20:28 PM »
http://www.dyxum.com/flashes/index.asp
Look at the above website and check the top left hand corner. There are a couple of very useful articles about the flash use with a Minolta/Sony system. Hope this helps?
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Re: 3600HS Fire at Full Power Wirelessly
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008, 08:17:06 PM »
Thanks for the tips Stef!  I have actually been a long time lurker.  I have seen the page you referred me to and have read all of the articles but your post reminded me of them.  I have done a refresher and am back up to speed.  The Flash I have at home is the Sigma 500 that is listed on that page.  I'll have to go home and play with it!

Thanks as well for the welcome.  I'm trying to get more serious at developing my skills so I'll be around to take advantage of everyone's knowledge on this board.