Quality TTL Synch Cable

ScottinPollock

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I bought a Chinese "no brand" that seems a rough fit to the shoe and flash, and the flash does not work in TTL mode when connected via it (assume all pins are not lining up). Anyone know of a quality one?

Panasonic Camera / Olympus Flash
 

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Thanks... but really looking for a tried and true recommendation.
 

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I tried a couple of Canon and even Olympus compatible TTL off-camera cables and couldn't get any of them to work on my EM1.1 and my FL600R. They would work on my EM5, but not on the EM1.1. Dunno why. I ended up buying an Olympus FL-CB05 and it was the only one that worked reliably. Apparently, it's discontinued, so good luck. You may have to buy and try. Make sure you get it from some place you can return easily. (Not China!)
 

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tried a couple of Canon and even Olympus compatible TTL off-camera cables and couldn't get any of them to work
Thanks. I think I'm done with PanOly flash (what a mess)... and will stick with 2.4GHz triggers.
 

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Thanks. I think I'm done with PanOly flash (what a mess)... and will stick with 2.4GHz triggers.
I agree. There are a couple of systems that allow for TTL, but are independent of the Olympus TTL system. Their new flashes FL700R and FL900R use wireless radio triggers, but you can decent gear for less from other manufacturers. :) I would have done so if I didn't already have the FL600R.
 

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My TTL cable is branded Vello. It's for Canon, but works with both my Fuji X10 (why I bought it...no Fuji specific cables exist) but also my E-M10. It's one of those so called 3 foot coiled cables which means it's really only good for about a foot before the tension from the coil tips over the light stand ;) I guess it would be OK for use with a flash bracket or hand holding. It amazes me that longer, straight TTL cables are so rare, leaving wireless as the only real option.

BTW, the FL900R does not have a radio interface built-in, only the FL700WR does (that's what the W is for, I guess). The FL900R is compatible with the Oly FR-WR radio receiver, though.
 

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My TTL cable is branded Vello. It's for Canon, but works with both my Fuji X10 (why I bought it...no Fuji specific cables exist) but also my E-M10. It's one of those so called 3 foot coiled cables which means it's really only good for about a foot before the tension from the coil tips over the light stand ;) I guess it would be OK for use with a flash bracket or hand holding. It amazes me that longer, straight TTL cables are so rare, leaving wireless as the only real option.

BTW, the FL900R does not have a radio interface built-in, only the FL700WR does (that's what the W is for, I guess). The FL900R is compatible with the Oly FR-WR radio receiver, though.
Well longer cables do exist, but they are likely specialist cables. As somebody who pulled a FL-50 flash to the ground with a cable (and the flash broke), you do want to be careful, and tape all cords down with gaffer's tape.

In the past when I was more concerned about flashes, I tended to use flashzebra as a stomping off point for flash cables, etc. Evidently, flashzebra recently got bought, but they are still selling the same cables, etc. I see they have a 7.5m (24 feet) straight cable, though it is somewhat pricey:
The strobist in 2009 had a post on how to add cat5e RJ45 (i.e. ethernet) connectors to a flash cable, and then you can add whatever size of cat5e cable you need (evidently they tested it up to 50m):
While Olympus has its new radio flash (FL-700WR) and adapters for the existing flashes, I tend to think it is better to ditch the Olympus flashes and go with Godox radio flashes that are targeted towards Micro 4/3rds. Note, Adorama sells the Godox flashes under its brand name 'Flashpoint'.
There are three basic Godox/Flashpoint models at this point:
  • TT350O: 36m guide number, 2 AA batteries
  • V860IIO: 60m guide number, li-on battery
  • V865O: 60m guide number, 4 AA batteries
Each flash can act as a controller when on the camera's hotshoe, or you can get explicit controllers instead.

Note at present, I only have one Flashpoint version of the TT350O, so I don't (yet) have any experience with the radio.
 

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It's been so long since I bought one, if I was going to buy one it be a Vello or Pixel. Wireless systems have replaced my need for cables a long time ago, whether that be the Olympus RC, Quantum, or Godox systems.

Godox has the least expensive, largest variety, most flexible and best working wireless system there is.
 
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