olympus 35rd flash recommendation

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by eman_a, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. hi all,
    i want to purchase a flashgun for my 35rd but i havent the slightest idea what to buy! any suggestions?
  2. Cullmann and Metz make small ones with auto apertures. Sunpak and Vivitar are among the other makers of larger ones.
  3. i have a bunch of vintage sunpak gx14 flashguns; they can be bought for £1-£5; this is what they look like: http://www.cameramarket.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/345918-800x532.jpg - i use them with my olympus trip 35 cameras; example-results, like so: http://www.flickr.com/photos/j12t/4371074038/ and: http://www.flickr.com/photos/j12t/4371073136/ - i like the way they don't get in the way of the shutter release, like my little, old, centered, metz did. i feel they suit 1970s olympuses very well, in terms of aesthetics & proportions; plus they are super-reliable [all of mine work perfectly, even after 35-45 years!]; they charge quickly [2 seconds/fresh; 7 seconds/unfresh (batteries)], and give about 200-250 shots per pair of alkaline aa-batteries! make sure the flash-ready light works - it's no good having a unit that fires, but doesn't indicate when it's ready to do so! : B
  4. I suppose it would take anything old with no voltage problems. For a small cheap current model flash try the Metz MC20. It has a built in flash meter too.
  5. ah: i just remembered! the 35rd utilises the Flashmatic system - this means that you'd have to get something with the same GN as one of the rd's settings; i think the lowest is 14. that sunpak gx14 only has a GN of 10 [surprising, considering its nomenclature!]; however, numerous other similar designs will have a GN that matches the rd's flashmatic scale.
  6. thanx for all the responses.
    yes the 35rd has a GN of 14 which is the lowest, what does that mean and how does it determine which flash i buy? sorry for all the questions but i need these answers. :)
    thanx in advance!
  7. im looking at sunpak and vivtars on ebay not too sure what i should be looking for..
  8. Eman, read this article and pay attention to the flash part: http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/35RD.html

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