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DIY Plug for Your Electric Flash

In this Tipster we want to show you how to build an adapter for your electric flash! It is quick and easy. Do it yourself!

On a nice Sunday morning, we start our journey in the depths of a flea market. With a bit of negotiating, I purchased a Kodak Retina 1b, a 35 mm camera produced in Stuttgart(Germany) in the 60’s. After I checked the camera, I realized that I wanted to test this treasure in combination with a flash. And I want to test it immediately! But there was a problem we had to solve, because the Kodak Retina 1b did not have a hotshoe to trigger a wireless flash directly. And even worse, the flash discharges itself when the flash case is put on the camera. A Solution has to be found.

In the following part I will explain to you how to use the flash anyway. The method is cheap and needs a little bit of skill.


  • Some isolated solid copper cable
  • Duct tape
  • A Diana F+ flash

Here’s how it works:

1. The first thing you got to do is to remove the first centimeter of the isolation from both ends of the copper cable.

2. One side of the copper cable has to be flattened. If it is to hard for you, the hammer is a good tool for that. Then you have to put this side of the cable on a piece of duct tape which has the same size like the accessory shoe of the flash unit.

3. On the other side of the cable you have to build a cone that fits in the adapter socket. Use a scissors or a pliers for that. To make a good save on the socket, we press the tip of a lace around the isolation of the sharpened tip. If such a tip is not at hand you should use duct tape too.

4. Now you put the duct tape isolated side of the cable on the accessory shoe and mount the flash on top. Plug the cable with the sharpened end into the intended socket.

5. Done!

written by baujulia and translated by baujulia

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