It’s Time for the PC Jack to Die.

Back in the dark ages, when I was young, and cameras used an external flash the camera and flash used a PC jack. The Prontor/Compur connection goes back — way back — to the days of the Speed Graphic and beyond. Not quite as far back as “Flash Powder” but as far as I can remember.

My first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye didn’t have one, but everyone since then has. I remember seeing the “Hot Shoe” appear, but didn’t have a flash that took advantage of it so it wasn’t till recently when I finally upgraded to a Nikon D-50, then D-80 and a strobe to use with them that I became aware of the need for a better way to ‘Off Camera Flash’. The D-80 with a SB-800 capable of remote flash via Nikon’s CLS (Creative Lighting System) but not all flashes are capable of using CLS. Now I hardly ever use serious lighting with multiple strobes but I agree with David Hobby, aka The Strobist. Read his blog posting today to get a better view of what is wrong with the PC socket/cord and a modern way to operate remote flashes.

The Strobist’s take on why and how the PC has got to go.


About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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