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Old 11-30-2007, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently purchased new AB-800 flash units and had to purchase a sync adapter for the hot shoe on my Canon Digital Rebel XT camera. Whenever I move around (carpeted floor) and then touch my camera, the flash fires. I am pretty sure that static has something to do with this...but I find it hard to believe that this should happen. The cable was hard to plug into the adapter. Does anyone have any suggestions short of insultating the entire camera?

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Re: Flash Sync Adapter Issue
Old 11-30-2007, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Static electricity can often produce quite a voltage. You could try changing to shoes that avoid the static buildup. Even my pocket wizards will fire sometimes from static electricity.
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Re: Flash Sync Adapter Issue
Old 11-30-2007, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I recently purchased new AB-800 flash units and had to purchase a sync adapter for the hot shoe on my Canon Digital Rebel XT camera. Whenever I move around (carpeted floor) and then touch my camera, the flash fires. I am pretty sure that static has something to do with this...but I find it hard to believe that this should happen. The cable was hard to plug into the adapter. Does anyone have any suggestions short of insultating the entire camera?

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Have same hot shoe setup with Photogenics. Friend computer geek said to avoid static issues in his computer repair shop he will spray carpet with solution of cheapest fabric softener. ("Which brand?" I asked. "The CHEAPEST", he said.) Friend works on high $ computer systems, never used wrist ground strap, just grounds, then don't move feet.

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Re: Flash Sync Adapter Issue
Old 11-30-2007, 11:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Besides the aforementioned cheap fabric softener (or, you can pay big bucks for an 'anti-static' spray ), go barefoot.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks...I'll try the spray and the shoes. If this builds into something serious, I may need to remove the carpet.
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