How to Make a Flash Adapter for Most Old Ansco Cameras

As you probably know, the old Ansco-Agfa cameras use the now not manufactured flash bulb. This is for the cameras that you have to insert the prongs into the two holes.

Steps

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    Open the back of the flash. Be careful not to touch anything!
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    Discharge the main capacitor. It should look like a metal cylinder. Hold a screwdriver between the two leads. You will know when this is done when you see a large spark.
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    Find the two leads that go directly to the two parts of the hot shoe. Solder one end of the stereo wire to lead , the other lead to the other end.
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    Drill a 18 inch (0.3 cm) hole into the bottom of the plastic. Thread the wire through the hole.
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    Get two of the ground simulators with the red bottom, stick the un- soldered end of the wires into the red side and then crimp it, do the same for the other side.
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    You will have to squish the metal end of the ground plug in a vice to flatten it.
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    Put the back on the flash, install the batteries,plug into your camera.
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    Happy pictures!

Tips

  • Don't put too much solder in the flash when attaching the stereo wire.
  • You can test your work by letting the flash charge then touching the two leads together.
  • Use an old strobe flash you get at a garage sale so you don't ruin a nice new flash.

Warnings

  • Make sure you discharge the capacitor before touching anything in the flash!

Things You'll Need

  • Strobe flash
  • Soldering gun
  • Lead solder
  • 3 feet (0.9 m) of stereo wire
  • ground leads
  • small screwdriver

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