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Canon 580EX - Pocket Wizard
Mark Sutton, Photographer
Herndon | VA | USA | Posted: 1:22 PM on 02.25.08
->> The other day I was at a photo shoot that was so long the power pack we were using ran out of juice. I still needed to get 2 models in and needed off camera flash badly. I had my 580EX in my bag, so I tried hooking it up to one of my Pocket Wizards, but couldn't find any connections for the several different connectors I had in my bag. I finally used my sync cord which was very limiting with the cord only stretching but so far. Is their any way I can connect a pocket wizard with a 580EX? Thanks in advance for any help!!!!


Mark
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Anantachai Brown, Photographer
Jacksonville | FL | | Posted: 1:28 PM on 02.25.08
->> for the 580exII Canon finally added a sync connection....for the 550ex or 580ex you have to buy a special sync cord. here is the company i went thru...expensive

http://www.paramountcords.com/pockwiz.asp
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 1:30 PM on 02.25.08
->> Mark,

there are several cord you can buy made by LPA and other companies. I made my own with a Hot Shoe to PC connector and a couple mini plug connections from Radio Shack. They work great.
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Eric Francis, Photographer
Omaha | NE | United States | Posted: 1:33 PM on 02.25.08
->> of course, I have the old 580 without the PC connection
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Nathan Welton, Photographer
Denver | CO | | Posted: 1:34 PM on 02.25.08
->> get a generic hotshoe to pc cord adapter for $10. clip off the end. there are two wires inside the plastic sheath: one is a bigger copper wire directly inside the sheath, and the other is a skinny wire wrapped in another plastic sheath. separate out the two wires and solder them to a stereo miniplug available from radio shac for $1.50. you'll have to do trial and error to figure out which goes where. the copper wire attaches to the huge attachment point on the plug, while the other wire goes to one of the smaller two attachment points. then put a dab of superglue on the junction between the hotshoe and where the cord comes out of the hotshoe to prevent the cord from pulling out through use.

i'm sure the paramount cords are built better but they're expensive!
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 1:50 PM on 02.25.08
->> flash zebra will sell you a lower unit with a miniphone adapter installed for the 580ex for $54. I had one done and have been quite pleased with it. http://flashzebra.com/canon580ex_footassembly.shtml

You can return the lower assembly you take off for a bit of a credit (sort of a core charge) - or just keep it as a spare. Four screws and a single electrical connector is all there is to it.
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Jay Sinclair, Photographer
Vancouver | BC | Canada | Posted: 2:25 PM on 02.25.08
->> This is what you need. A mini jack to Hotshoe trigger.

http://www.paramountcords.com/proddetail.asp?prod=PW%2DMHSF1&cat=85

You can make them yourself, but as I learned when there is not enough shielding in the wire (home made) the charge from teh capacitors in the 580ex can mess with the reception of the wizard.

I have a Sekonic L358 with wireless transmitter for PW and if the wizard is too close with the home made cord, the trigger will not fire it.

just buy the better cord so you can count on it.
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Neemah Aaron, Photographer
Little Rock | AR | USA | Posted: 2:34 PM on 02.25.08
->> $36 from B&H

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/421306-REG/Paramount_PMMHSF1_Miniphon...
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 3:11 PM on 02.25.08
->> Don't buy the generic cord. Buy either the LPA or the Paramount brand cord. They are worth the money. Both are produced by Paramount. Generic cords have problems such as the hotshoe coming apart. You get what you pay for.
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Matt Moore, Student/Intern, Photographer
Zebulon | NC | USA | Posted: 3:33 PM on 02.25.08
->> I've been using FlashZebra hot-shoe adapter since last August on my 580 and have had no problems with it, its basically like the others on here but a little cheaper.

http://flashzebra.com/wizardcables/hotshoe.shtml
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John Mersits, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 3:34 PM on 02.25.08
->> I purchased and installed the 580ex replacement foot assembly , item #0023 Canon 580EX with Installed Mini Jack Sync Port along with item #0062-Deluxe Right Angle Mini Plug from FlashZebra. The assembly works well with pocket wizards.

http://flashzebra.com/canon580ex_footassembly.shtml
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Robert Smith, Photographer
Brandon | MS | USA | Posted: 5:10 PM on 02.25.08
->> I have had a couple of Paramount cords fail before. I found this guy and I think he makes the best cords around.

http://michaelbass.blogspot.com/
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Octavian Cantilli, Student/Intern
Gainesville | FL | United States | Posted: 1:40 AM on 02.26.08
->> Go Paramount! The build quality is worth the price.

Also, if you need more power than a single 580 can handle check this out....

http://www.paramountcords.com/proddetail.asp?prod=DSY%2DHS
and
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/124818-REG/Chimera_2785M_Speed_Ring_f...
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