Wireless flash

copilus

Active Member
Hi to all!
I've tried not to bother you again, but I've read too many about this cammera (SD14) and I'm confused.
Some reviewers say that it doesn't even has a depth-of-field preview function:z04_smileys26:.

Now comes my questions: Does the SD14 have an internal flash commander (like some nikons) or it needs a "Super" flash to do it? And wich flashes work as slave?

For example, on a Nikon D80, I could use a SB-600 as slave controlled by on-camera flash.
On D40x I needed a SB-800/SU-800 to commnad the slave SB-600 'cause the cammera's flash couldn't command the SB-600.
 

tc95

Well-Known Member
You can use the Sigma Super DG 530 flash in a quasi mode....or what I decided to do is just invest in a cheap set of flash Triggers PT-04CN...

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What I like about these little jems....I have a combination of nikon and sigma flashes...and these guys will let me use them all together....

Sigma for Sigma Super DG 500
Sigma for Sigma DG 500

Nikon SB-23
Nikon SB-23

Digital for Nikon Flash

and the commander module will work on both my Sigma camera's and Nikon ones....

The other thing is the company that sells them...always returns emails....

Hope this helps...

Tony C.
 

Steaphany

Well-Known Member
Tony.

The only trade off with the PT-04CN is the flash intensities need to be set manually. Or are the Sigma flash units in manual mode when used wireless ?

( I have yet to buy a hot shoe flash )

Can you please confirm if this is the case ?
 

copilus

Active Member
I'd just like to keep it simple. I'm form Romania, and we, romanians have a very bad external image because of some gipsies with romanian nationality who after the comunism falled in our country (1989) they emigrated and did nasty things in other contries. Of course some romanians "with guts" folowed them, and even today we have big problems with them (in Italy for example).:(
So, we have some moral embargo and of course, our cards are allways rejected and we all have to suffer. That means I cannot buy or sell on ebay or, even if I could it would be verry harsh. I only can buy original SIGMA gear. I didn't found any locar retailer for flash triggers so only the SIGMA flashes will do for me.

Back to our (my) problems:
I undersand that only the "Super" flashes can be used in both commander and slave modes.
 

tc95

Well-Known Member
Steaphany....yes you have manually set them...not to bad once you get used to it....

Copilus .. I don't mind helping but you can contact the seller directly...and see what they are willing to do...
 

netzuser

Banned
Hi Copilus,
back to your question :
Yes the internal flash of the SD14 works as a commander for EF500 /EF530.
I have used the EF500 Super so far with good results.
Funny enough,a Canon Speedlite 430EX II workes as well as a slave.
The image is just to show the 430EX II at the left and the Sigma EF500 at the right,both wireless triggered by the internal flash of the SD14 .:)
SDIM2253_001.jpg
Regards
Uwe
 

Guest .

Banned
The cheap solution ....

Hi Copilus.

wireless flashing can be very easy and cheap at the same time.

Just go for an ancient Computer-Flash kike this and a photo-trigger cube.

Sample 9.jpg

Both should be available in Romania, too?!

CAUTION:

Be careful with old flashes when triggering them directly with your D-SLR.

many of trhem do .... some do not, because of much too high trigger voltages! Up to 25V trigger voltage is harmless to your SD! Do not use any flashes that expose your cam to higher voltages!

Here are two lists for the old ones!!

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When using them remotely (triggered with the photo-cell) their trigger-voltage is meaningless .... just do not wire anything above 25V to your SIGMA-Digital-Cam.:)

See you with nice pictures

Klaus
 

copilus

Active Member
Thanks allot!
Klaus-R: I've found a "Seagull SYK-3 Wireless Hot Shoe Flash Optical Slave Trigger/Remote Controller" wich looks exactly like the one in your picture on an auction site (something like ebay but local).
netuser: Only the "Super" versions works as slave?
 

netzuser

Banned
Hi Copilus,
I´m not shure if the EF500 (without Super) will work as slave,
as I have not had one.
Maybe somebody else can confirm that.
On the Sigma site there is only the EF500 Super manual for download.
Regards
Uwe
 

yukoner

Member
500 Super, not 530 Super

My experience was that I could not get the 530 Super to work in wireless mode. As it turned out neither could anyone else I contacted. I sent it back and got two 500 Supers that work wonderfully.

As a caveat, that was about a year ago and I don't know if the issue with the 530's has been corrected or not.

Yukoner
 

copilus

Active Member
Ok. Is there anyone who knows if the EF500 (without Super) will work as slave?
I supose that EF500/EF500 Super have the same functions as SB-600/SB-800 (SB-600/EF500 work as slave and SB-800/EF500 Super work as commander too). Could anyone confirm, please!
 

netzuser

Banned
Hi copilus,
I did some search in our German sectionof this forum.
Users state the EF500 ST (without Super) will NOT work as a slave.
Only with an attached flash-trigger it can be used as slave,and only with manually settings.
Regards
Uwe
 

jasonh

Well-Known Member
My personal preference is to not use external flashes as slaves, as it forces you to have your on-camera flash going. I currently just use PC cable, but eventually I will get a wireless trigger like the cactus or pocketwizard...but I understand those probably aren't available over there. (I don't even use a Sigma flash anyway, and I'm an M mode kind of person)

Klaus - by the way, according to the manual, the SD14 can accept up to 250v trigger voltage through the PC port. I personally wouldn't try it though, lol.
 
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