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GF3 off camera flash

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by jetta-the-hut, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. jetta-the-hut

    jetta-the-hut Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 14, 2012
    I've done some searching and can't find anything about adding an off camera flash, the gf3 doesn't have a hot shoe so I'm not sure if they even make anything that can make it happen. Nikon made a usb plug in that let there's do it wirelessly but I haven't found anything for the gf3.

    I'm really looking at making a soft box.
  2. yehuda

    yehuda Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 14, 2013
    Your best bet is to buy a flash which triggers optically by means of your popup flash.
    But this will require line of sight and you'll be forced to use manual power output levels on the flash (no TTL here).

    Sent from my W200 using Mu-43 mobile app
  3. jetta-the-hut

    jetta-the-hut Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 14, 2012
    Got any links to flashes that would fire like that. I'm not sure how it would sync to the pop up flash.
  4. broody

    broody Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 8, 2013
    The Yongnuo YN-560 is probably the best for this sort of thing (as it is cheap, manual, and high quality):


    The flash simply has to be set to optical slave mode through its controls. Since the GF3 does a pre-flash before the actual exposure in order to meter, you would set it in S2 mode to ignore the pre-flash. The rest is fairly straightforward.
  5. jetta-the-hut

    jetta-the-hut Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 14, 2012
  6. qppoiz

    qppoiz Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 24, 2013
    I use a YN-560 in slave mode with my G3. I haven't gotten a flash sync to use with the hot shoe so I've been triggering the YN-560 with my camera's flash. From experience I've noticed that the YN-560 overpowers the camera's built-in flash, but when it doesn't, I cover the camera's flash with a business card and bounce it upwards. This will still trigger the YN-560.