Can anyone tell me how to service a TTL cord? My Novatec charges up just fine, but the thing won't trip when I work the shutter release on my Nikonos III......tripping the strobe manually reallys tingles the fingers too......
The III works just fine with my Aquaflash with the same type TTL cord, so it isn''t the camera.
Don't trip that thing with your fingers. Use an insulated screwdriver to go between the two contacts!
Concerning the Nikonos III, there are a few things you may look at. Is this truly a TTL cord? If so, it may not be set up for a Nikonos III connection, which is not TTL for exposure. The TTL cord is for a Nikonos IV or V.
If the contacts make their connection correctly though, it may be simply a question of whether there is some corrosion on the contacts. Clean the contacts with a pencil eraser, if you can get it there. If the III works with that Aquaflash, and it's the same connections, it may be either a fault in the cord (check the contacts with a instrument), or the corrosion situaton. Since it trips when you use your fingers, it is probably something in the connection. 'Best I can do...
John C. Ratliff Diving since 1959, at age 13. Haven't stopped, and still enjoy getting wet.
John Thanks for the warning........but it's toooooooo late.....330 DC is quiet a shocker..........
I compared the connections to my aquaflash and it is different........there are only two contacts and a empty hole for the third. One of the contacts is pushed down deep........this may be the non-ttl......I am not familar with what they looked like............anyway, me thinks the connector is toast.......don't see how to disassemble it without tearing it up.
I have what appears to be a good connector of the same kind on a junked 2000 strobe with a eo cord.........I think I'll just swap them out. Both cords are hard wired to the strobes so that will be a delicate exercise.
Tom, I want to thank you very much for this excellent piece of work, and for reporting it here.
After studying and dis-assembling the Nikonos ll body I paid $10 for I was able to sucessfully change all the O rings on my like new Nikonos ll. It is not particularly difficult to change the shutter speed dial, winder shaft, rewind shaft, frame counter and rear viewfinder window O rings. I fabricared a small pin spanner from a screwdriver blade to remove the retaining nut on the shutter speed shaft. The only other tools needed were some jewelers screwdrivers, dental pick, tweezers, a small needle nose pliers and a popcicle stick. These were the needed O rings Rewind shaft, P-4 Shutter winder shaft, P-6 Shutter speed dial, P-7 Rear viewfinder window & flash sync plug, P-9 Framecounter window, P-12 Lens mount, P-44 Body, G-75
After replacing the O rings I subjected the body to a vacuum test using a test port plug I made that replaces the lens and a hand vacuum pump. The body held a vacuum of 27" Mg indefinately and I feel confident that it will not leak. All in all it was not that difficult and a lot cheaper than sending it off to one of the service facilities. Unfortunately the $10 body is not worth reconditioning as the shutter release does not work but it is a supply of spare parts if needed.