Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Flash Synchronization Functions
It may not be able to compete with the ease of obtaining more successful flash pictures with modern gimmicks like 3D fill flash etc.. But the EL2 demonstrates its operational convenience quite clearly in the field of flash operation in the conventional way.
With the vertically traveling focal-plane shutter, the camera has the capability to synchronize with electronic flash units at speeds up to 1/125 second (average according to modern standards), as well as with bulb flash units at almost all shutter speeds (This is the part that I am talking about, although this may not be popular, but lately there is a revised interest because, just like valve tubes in high-end HiFi, there is just a little that the transistors cannot substitute: the warm ambiance, in this case, the bulb's nature in providing even luminiscence and distribution of more natural lighting is hard to duplicate by electronic flash).
Shown here is the Nikkormat EL2 with Nikon Speedlite SB-3
The EL2 advantage is that it also features an automatic MX synchronization switchover mechanism which selects the proper synchronization timing as the shutter speed is set. This automatic function offers greater convenience and fewer erroneous flash operations.
Hot-shoe Contact. The EL2 is fitted with a fixed accessory shoe on top of the pentaprism housing, thus offering a convenient flash unit mounting position. Electrical connection between the flash unit and the camera is achieved by either of two methods. The electrical contact built into the shoe provides for direct synchronization with all electronic or bulb flash units fitted with an ISO-type 'hot-shoe' contact: simply slide the unit in place, and it's ready to go.
When using flash units that have no electrical contact in the mounting foot (or when using the flash unit off-camera), the threaded PC sync terminal should be used. When the flash unit is used off-camera, a safety switch comes into operation, isolating the shoe from the flash circuit; this eliminates the possibility of electrical shocks from the shoe.
The actual correlation between shutter speed and flash synchronization is illustrated in the chart.
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
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