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Re: [OM] T-8 or T-10 conversions to FC-10 flash controller, anyone?

Subject: Re: [OM] T-8 or T-10 conversions to FC-10 flash controller, anyone?
From: "Bill Pearce" <billcpearce@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 13:04:36 -0500
FWIW, I have a metz strobe and a foot that was fairly inexpensive that is compatible with Olympus, Panasonic and Leica. And if I wanted to put it on another camera there is probably a different foot available.

-----Original Message----- From: Jan Steinman
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:45 PM
To: olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [OM] T-8 or T-10 conversions to FC-10 flash controller, anyone?

From: Frank <wijsmuller@xxxxxxxxx>

As I am at the wrong side of the pond to send a FL-50 to you, I'd be
interested in a illustrated tutorial ;-).

That sounds like it would take some time! I can tell you how I’d do it, though! :-)

A broken T power control could provide the 'weird locking socket' and leave
the T flash intact?

Hmmm… physical issues are ugly… you’d still have to poke a hole in the FL-50 and dangle the T Power Control socket out of it… ugly…

And would a cheaper second hand Metz be an alternative?

If the Metz were Olympus TTL-compatible, perhaps. Otherwise, just get a T Power Control!

2017-05-17 18:38 GMT+02:00 Jan Steinman <Jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

Should be possible. Of course, it will never be a stand-alone flash again!

I doubt I can get the socket for the FC-01 cord/plug, nor the weird
locking socket for the OM T Power Control, so it would have to be
hard-wired.

You won?t have modelling lights via the flash this way, but you can still
use them with an external power supply, same as required with the OM T
Power Control.

I?m guessing about an hour?s labour.

I just wanna see this stuff keep getting used!

J

From: Frank <wijsmuller@xxxxxxxxx>

Sounds interesting. I like the T-8.

A FC-01 is a bit hard to find, so I wondered if a somehow stripped fl-50
could do the same job? It looks like it shares its electronics, and there
are plenty around.

2017-05-16 20:03 GMT+02:00 Jan Steinman <Jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

Olympus America can supply me with cable/plug assemblies, and I have a
source of trigger transformers.

The old OM-System T-Power Control only works manually on digital
cameras,
but only has two power settings that way, severely limiting the
functionality of the OM-System T-8 and T-10 ringlights, which offer
unique
capabilities unmatched with modern digital ringlights, like a crossed
polarizer for the T-10 and huge reflectors for the T-8.

The FC-01 Flash Controller does full TTL automatic flash control with
all
Olympus digital cameras, to my knowledge, but does not do focus
bracketing
nor focus stacking on the newest ones.

The latest Olympus macro flash offering has a hard-wired, non-removable
flash head, and I have no interest in messing with that.

If anyone is interested in converting their OM-System T-8 or T-10
ringlight to work with the FC-01 flash controller, contact me privately
and
we can work out the details. I?m happy doing this for list members for
$25/hr. Or I can walk you through it, if you?re handy with soldering and
such.

(If I do it ?on speculation,? I?m going to set an exorbitant ?only one
in
the universe? price on evilBay. :-)

Jan


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