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Old 07-05-2007   #1
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I have a Fuji Finepix S5500 (I know not a DSLR, etc. but I had little money and had to start somewhere) which is giving me a chance to practice and get in to the hobby. What I'd like to know is can I use off camera flash with some sort of remote system as the S5500 does not have a hot shoe or a PC connection...

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you can trigger the flash with your onboard one, but that could be tricky. You might be out of look though.
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Can anyone give me a clue as to how I might be able to trigger a remote flash with the onboard flash?
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Find a Wein slave and connect it to an external strobe.

Next step, get a dslr.
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Would this be what I want?

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Thank you...

Anything in particular I need to look for in a flash unit?
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Whoa....thats a lot of sensors.....try e-bay first before you buy that. It looks like that has a photo sensor on it that looks for a flash and then fires off...could be a problem if you got more than one photographer working.

Look for something that is either radio controled or wire control....

Also, goto YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.type in stobist...there are some great videos there to help you out...(David Hobby has a great one)

Off camera flash part 1

also check out Strobist
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That sensor is off eBay...

I appreciate the problem you'd get with other photographers around but I'm only thinking of my own home with just me taking pics. I'm thinking of trying to set up an area for taking portraits if I can, just so I can try to improve taking them. Not for professional or commercial use, just for me, family and friends, etc...

Thanks for the link, I had already found the videos though from a link in another thread. Very interesting stuff...
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I have a Fuji Finepix S5500... can I use off camera flash with some sort of remote system as the S5500 does not have a hot shoe or a PC connection...
Sure you can. All you need is one item.... an inexpensive external slave flash that can be triggered by the internal flash on your s5500. Read about it in this thread I started about using my little digicam with an off-camera Vivitar DF200... a $70 slave.

http://www.photocamel.com/forum/ligh...-strobism.html


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