OM-D and the T32 Legacy Flash w/ Adapter

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by digitalandfilm, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    If you have an older "legacy" flash, like the Olympus T32 or T20, you can safely use these flashes on the OM-D and feel safe doing so. You will not get TTL, but can shoot in "M" (manual) with decent results.. plus the T32 Olympus flash seems quite powerful.

    I purchased the SMDV-512 Hot Shoe Safe Sync adapter from Photodiox:


    I'm not a big "strobe" person, and today I just messed around in the house trying to get a feel on how well this will work.

    Flipping the flash head up towards a white ceiling I was able to get decent results, and will probably do better once I research how best to use this setup.

    If anyone has pointers with using legacy flashes with the OM-D- please share them.

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  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Just a quick question, as I'm thinking of getting a used T32 to have a play with.

    Why did you get the safe sync adapter?

    From botzilla Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages :-

    Olympus T32 - 7.14V/8.4V, measured by J. Mark Morris/Russ Rosener,
    9.5-11.3V from Tom Mac Inerney

    which are all within the OM-D's 24v safe voltage trigger.


  3. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Best answer- I had a coupon. :thumbup:
  4. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    LOL - a good answer !! :bravo-009:

    I think I will pick up a T32 and have a play with flash in manual mode.
  5. thomasrost

    thomasrost New to Mu-43

    Jan 3, 2014
    I'm trying desperately to get my t32 to work with my em5, but it just won't fire. Any ideas what I can do to get it sorted?
  6. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Instead of wasting time buying old flashes which may be defective along with safesyncs, wouldn't it be better to buy a modern manual/auto flash where the flash intensity can be adjusted by the user and has much higher output, like the Youngnuo 560:
  7. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    Size, cost and function. I picked up a Vivitar flash and safe-sync for a combined $25. It has a smaller form factor than the yongnuo, and is thyristor based, so I can set the iso, and then rely on it to calibrate power.