External Flash Adapter
The little gadget, pictured below, provides an inexpensive
way to enable the use of an off-the-camera flash. It is crafted
out of a black film can in which a Wein peanut slave is inserted.*)
The slave, in turn, is connected via sync cord to an external
flash unit. In my case thats a Vivitar 283 on a flash bracket
. I use this either bounced off the ceiling, or with a LumiQuest
bounce reflector. Both methods deliver soft even lighting. The
LumiQuest comes is handy in spaces with high ceilings.
As can be seen, I cut the film can in such a manner as to
provide a rather long lip. On the inside of this
lip I pasted a strip of Velcro that mates with a
Velcro patch just above the flash window of the Camera. By positioning
it tightly against the camera it covers the flash window completely,
allowing no unwanted stray light to escape.
If I wish to use both the viewing hood and the flash connection
simultaneously, the velcro on the cans lip will mate
with the strip on the hood.
*)To insert the slave into the can, make a full length slit
to the bottom of the can. Attach the slave to the sync cord and
slide the cord along the slit until the slave is at the bottom.
Tape the cut edge of the can which will also close the slit at
the top and secure both, slave and cord.