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Old 09-04-2008, 16:41   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
At the moment I take pictures in school studio with med format, but would like to try my Canon 40D synced to the lights or power-box. We use Elicrome lights up to 1500. Tutor said that I could bring my camera and use hot-shoe to connect sync cable, but before that I have to check will power not gonna be too strong. He said that sometimes students bring their cameras and if power is too strong, digital sensor might burn
In handbook nothing is written about external flash kits, so maybe someone who works in studio can help me, please!
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Re: Canon 40D and studio lights

Apparently the 20/30/40D is good to a 250v trigger voltage - and the Elinchrom 1500 is 12v so you should be OK

(interestingly, the 10D is only rated to 6v!)
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Re: Canon 40D and studio lights

You can usually trigger lights by flashgun if you have one, allowing you to be cable free (put flash on manual, lowest setting & firing away from model). This is how most of us shoot at Studio shoots
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Re: Canon 40D and studio lights

Ooops, I don't have flashgun jet. It's on my shopping list. Just can't choose between 480EX or 580EX. As I will do more professional stuff like portraits in studio wondering to get 580, but is that price difference worth to pay?
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Re: Canon 40D and studio lights

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You can usually trigger lights by flashgun if you have one, allowing you to be cable free (put flash on manual, lowest setting & firing away from model). This is how most of us shoot at Studio shoots
true, i favour a sender unit (around £30) but not for any big reasons, just slimmer on the camera and how i've always shot
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true, i favour a sender unit (around £30) but not for any big reasons, just slimmer on the camera and how i've always shot
Yep, just bought an IR unit for approx £20/$40 off EBay for this purpose. In addition I have a radio setup for my own lights
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Re: Canon 40D and studio lights

Nice one guys - just saved me plugging my 10D (6v) into my 9v trigger lighting system. Probably wouldn't have fried it (glad I didn't take the chance) but without reading this I would have been completely ignorant that there was a risk there!

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