Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wein HSHSB for Safe Sync to Old Flash

HSHSB is Hot Shoe to Hot Shoe Safe Sync to Wein Products Inc in L.A., USA.

The range of innovative products from this company will astound you, but we are talking about the HSHSB; which I ordered four days ago from B&H Photo & Video in New York and I received it yesterday!

But first, for those that don't know... HSHSB SAFE SYNCS Safely reduces any electronic flash source with trigger voltage from up to 400 volts to less than 6 volts to the camera sync input. This is absolutely mandatory for all digital cameras, the high voltage will literally fried your chips ;)

Last week you read that I successfully used the 1987 Metz 32CT3 on my OM-D E-M5, even though I think the trigger voltage is safe; it is still on the high side... thus the Wein come in.

The HSHSB is very well made, the part to the camera hot shoe is solid metal; no plastic crap here!  Even the center contact is a huge ball bearing affair! On the front of the Wein is a threaded PC connector to connect to flash that use sync cable.

According to Wein, they specially engineered the PC connector to avoid contact problem.

The Wein mounted on the old Metz, the fit is very secure and tight! Note the test firing button on the side of the HSHSB.

The old Metz with the HSHSB, mounted on the OM-D's hot shoe; Wein claimed the increased height of the flash will help eliminate red eyes; since I always bounced my light, what red eyes?  ;)

Testing the protected old Metz combo, peace of mind that the innards of the OM-D is protected :)

Famous Last Words...

So how much did this little attachment cost me?

The little Wein cost US$49.49 (NZ$ 58.92  or  MYR 153.20) but the postage cost another $49.43 US!

Why so much?

Just look at that huge box for the little item, personally I think that is an OVERKILL!  Surely the Wein can be air mail in registered ENVELOPE for less?

Because of the "overkill" the little attachment cost me a total of US$98.92 or NZ$118.00 /  MYR 306.00!

I can hear my Malaysia friend's SCREAM  ;)

Question is, is it worth that kind of $$$?

If you are paranoid that the old flash you attached to your precious DSLR might get fried, YES, YES and YES!


Tilo Gockel said...

Hi there, that is really interesting stuff about the WEIN modules, ... would you allow to use one or two of these photos in a book about flash photography? thanks and all the best, Tilo // Tilo Gockel ,, kontakt at fotopraxis dot net

cy.leow said...

Hi Tilo...
As long as you insert this line in the photos you use: © C.Y.Leow - Used with permission.