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Type of flash with Retinas?
Old 11-15-2007   #1
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Type of flash with Retinas?

Can most any standard electronic flashes be used safely with the Retinas or is there a possibility of damage to the shutter contacts wiith repeated use?
I know for certain that a simple manual / autoflash flash unit will work but will I encounter a problem down the road.
I know some older units flashes have very high voltage outputs but many newer ones do not exceed 6-8 volts. I`m wondering if these would be safe to use.
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Old 11-15-2007   #2
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Don't know which model Retina you're referring to, however, if it has a Compur shutter with X & M sync, most any flash should work.
Back in the 60's I used a Retina Reflex S with a Heiland/Honeywell 65A flash and never had any problems. Did quite a few weddings and a lot of other indoor work.

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