For example suppose I have a Canon 7D and a Pentax flash AF360FGZ mounted on a hotshoe with a PC sync port. Can I connect that camera and flash to fire in sync? The goal is to shoot self-portraits.

  • Any camera with a PC-sync port. Many entry level DSLRs no longer include one. – Michael C Jul 29 '15 at 3:13
  • Well the 7D reffered in the question does. See specifications: dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos7d/2 – Corrupted MyStack Jul 29 '15 at 3:20
  • The 7D is referred in the description, but the actual question says Is a PC-sync cable universal and allows me to operate a flash of any brand from any camera? – Michael C Jul 29 '15 at 3:44
  • I will edit the title – Corrupted MyStack Jul 29 '15 at 3:45
  • BTW a PC sync port can be added to many cameras via a shoe adapter – Corrupted MyStack Jul 29 '15 at 3:48

Yes, the PC sync is a universal connection, independent of brand. Manual flash mode only.

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  • any voltage issues involved? Shall I confidently connect the two without any risk to the camera? – Corrupted MyStack Jul 29 '15 at 2:54
  • Not familiar with that one, but isn't the flash only a couple of years old? Surely no voltage issues with a modern flash. This site botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html indicates several Pentax models are all safe voltage. You can measure it to be sure, with a volt meter from center pin of foot to the metal foot. Probably about 5 volts. 7D is modern, safe up to 250 volts. – WayneF Jul 29 '15 at 2:58

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