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Build your own fiber optic sync cable???

Discussion in 'Strobes and Lighting' started by js1221, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

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    I have looked and couldn't find any such cable, maybe my Google fu is off. If you could provide a link that would be great. I have various ends that I have purchased over the years that I can reuse.
     
  2. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

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    Ok so I looked at industrial fiber optic and found some 613 strand cable but it comes in a 500 meter roll for the bargain price of $1785.81
     
  3. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    You didn't look far enough down the page. Single meter pricing is now $7.50 per meter (was $7 per meter last time I bought it.
     

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  4. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    The 1300 core stuff is cheaper but I haven't tried it. They both have 1 mm bend radius so coiling should be similar. I will order some and see how it goes.
    BVA
     
  5. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

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    Thanks, I'm going to order some also. The price the manufacturers charge for a cable is ridiculous, I have been searching for an alternative for a few years. Hopefully this is it.
     
  6. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

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    I was thinking that that price was by the foot, Now I'm really excited!
     
  7. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    useful post
     
  8. Litos

    Litos Garibaldi

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    I had no problem using cheap 1 mm audio cable (about 1 EUR). Just cut the adaptors and build your own with plastic or rubber. Honestly, audio cable specifications seem more challenging than a flash trigger.
     
  9. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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    Some strobes such as S&S are very picky and may need more light transmitted than a single 1mm fiber can carry. So 2-3mm may work better some some devices.
     
  10. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    Audio transmission is from digital data, and for optical is pretty low resolution compared to HDMI. For Inon strobes you don't need much light to trigger, but for S&S you need a lot more light and if you are doing TTL you need more fidelity.
    The Asahi 1300 core fiber works well, i.e. I can trigger my YSD-1 from the Nauticam LED trigger with no issues. Sadly the IFO guys now have raised the price a bit to $7.70 per meter. Still cheap compared to buying one from Inon/S&S.
    Bill
     

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