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Mitya138



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:05 am    Post subject: Flash Help Reply with quote

Greetings. I'm looking for help in attaching a synch cord so that I can use an electronic flash on my Speed. The lens is a 135mm Graphex with two prongs for the electrical connection.

Question: What kind of cords are out there? Are there adapters that allow you to go from two-prong to a standard end, or do you have to have a dedicated cord? All my Googling and Yahooing has yielded little info., so I'm hoping someone here can sort it out for me. Thanks.
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tsgrimm



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.paramountcords.com/graflex.asp

This should be what you are looking for.
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two pins on the Graphex shutter are called a Bi post connector.
Hot shoe flash sockets are called PC.
Some handle mount flashes use a two blade socket that takes a plug similar to common electrical plugs and are called Household. Studio strobes may use 1/4 inch mono plugs or 1/8 inch mono plugs.

You need a BiPost to whatever type plug the flash you wish to use requires. Check the Pro photo shops in your area as they may have what you need in stock.
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Mitya138



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I also discovered a DIY solution using an old PC cord and two small alligator clamps. Cheap, but effective.
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

electric razor power cords are reported to fit the bi post pins. I have not tried one.
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Henry



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note that the Paramount bipost socket and the household plug have right-angle mounts, which is not the case with the razor cords that I've seen. For our equipment, the right-angle mounting would seem to be much preferable to a straight-out arrangement.
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BrianShaw



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

45PSS wrote:
electric razor power cords are reported to fit the bi post pins. I have not tried one.


I have... the ones I tried don't fit... and I concluded that this is either an internet fantasy or back in the "good old days" the razor cords were different from today.
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45PSS



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stumbled across a Norelco cord that will fit. I assume a Remington cord will work also.
Cords from razors made from the late 50's through the 70's or 80's may work (cord plugs into the razor body).
I don't use razors of any kind and my trimmer charging cord definitely will not work.
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