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When I fit the radio transmitter module from a set of Jianisi PT-04TM wireless flash slaves to the FZ50 it will no longer select all settings of apeture and speed. With the camera on manual setting the apeture freezes on f4 and the fastest speed available is 1/250. radio transmitter wasn't allowing flash to open fully, as it projected out over flash popup. I tried fitting an extension to mount radio transmitter higher and allow flash to open fully but still the same problem Fitting a normal flash unit didn't give the same problem. (wasn't game to put batteries in the flash unit in case the trigger voltage was too high). The wireless units don't give the same problem on a Ricoh digital camera I have. Is there a menu setting which will overcome the problem? Thanks Paul

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  • peugeotlife Apr 11, 2011

    Thanks Trimast, I managed to find the same solution Googling shortly after I posted the question.
    Some studio work down the track but at present using the camera and flash for nature/wildlife photography. Idea is to have one small flash close to camera and larger unit hand held away from camera on other side. Sourcing a TTL flash with remote sensor to use as main flash. Hopefully a Sunpak 555, dedicated coupler cord ext-11 and Olympus module will work. Failing that I will use Sunpak 611 on auto setting, with the remote sensor fired by optical slave unit in front of lumix flash. Small flash also on auto but one stop wider fired by a second slave. As you say I need to read the manual. Thanks for the link.

  • peugeotlife Apr 11, 2011

    Thanks for the reply, very helpful.
    Paul

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I've looked through the PDF manual for this camera and found the flash system pretty well full auto with the built in flash here is the manual link I used it's the fifth one from the top.

http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&biw=1303&bih=818&q=panasonic+lumix+dmc-fz50k+PDF+Manual&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&fp=a5556ef3492e88b9

You will need to do some extensive reading on the used of an external flash and you are right don't put other then what is recommended into the hot shoe for an external flash due to trigger voltage.

That said you need to select the external flash switch from built in to external. Next thing is once you switch from built in to external for use with a wireless transmitter everything becomes or will become manual. You will loose the ability to TTL because there is no communication between the trigger unit and the camera everything will be manual.

It sounds as if you are attempting to fire studio strobe lights.

In this case using wireless transmitter you will need to manual set your camera ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture by doing light meter readings from your lights and setting your camera to those readings.

Or use dedicated external flash units. Even if you use a dedicated flash unit to trip the studio strobes the strobes will not synchronize with the camera flash.

Okay as a "rule of thumb" my studio lighting is set up to give me 1/60th shutter speed, F8 or F11 aperture at ISO 100.

You can't ask non designated flash unit to give you designated flash performance TTL because there is not communications between the flash units and the camera.

You need to read the manual on this camera and the external flash use

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