Off-camera strobe with A7: Nikon SC-17 cord works GREATT

Started May 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Mel Snyder
Mel Snyder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,088
Off-camera strobe with A7: Nikon SC-17 cord works GREATT

The idea of mounting a heavy strobe on the A7 was a non-starter.

I just discovered that the old Nikon SC-17 extension cord  - available from multiple eBay vendors and probably elsewhere for $15 or less - works very well.

If you have a high-sensitivity voltmeter and can confirm that your flash has a trigger voltage low enough for the A7 - I think it's 5 volts - you can get good off-the-camera flash with any old flash.

Yes, it's manual mode - but many old units can be adjusted for output. And besides, who needs TTL when you see you image the instant you make it.

The great grip on the A7 lets you hold the camera in one hand and the flash connected via the SC-17 either in bounce or off-camera direct modes. I still have my Canon 300TL from the late 1980s, and it works brilliantly.

Note: Virtually NONE of the Vivitar flash units have a voltage compatible with the A7. That includes the 283, 285 and 365.


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