Kobold Flash?

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  1. xmr1

    xmr1 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I just bought this Kobold flash unit.

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    I noticed that it's a bit different than the usual Kobolds. The name is missing and it has a rivet where others don't.

    Could you enlighten me what I just bought? Is it usable for a droid caller?

    Thx!
     
  2. FakeBritishAccent

    FakeBritishAccent Sr Member

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    I'm not a Kobold expert by any means, but aside from a seemingly more tapered neck, yours could work as Han's Droid Caller. And I'm pretty sure that rivet can be popped off somehow if it were really bothering you.

    -Jonaas
     
  3. Sym-Cha

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    Hi there,

    Just pop off the flash dome and you'll be all set for a ANH Droid caller ... don't know why there is a rivet or why the name is lacking though???

    -Chaim
     
  4. xmr1

    xmr1 Well-Known Member

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    I bought it from a photo dealer, it's definately a Kobold. He said it's from the 50ies. Were the ones used in SW also from that period?
     
  5. Jedifather

    Jedifather Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Kobold flash was used for Han's droid caller in ROTJ, but it looks like you don't have the correct model.
     
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  6. Lichtbringer

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    Please explain what leads you to THAT opinion. :D
     
  7. Jedifather

    Jedifather Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The body of the flash looks too short, and the "bulb holder" appears to be a smaller diameter that the correct model.:D


     
  8. Lichtbringer

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    Strange - all real Kobolds and Linhoffs i´ve seen had the same size.

    Minor differencies in knurling, taper, a little machined step or not, textured body or not, ..... - but these were found between Kobolds as often as between Linhoffs, and between Kobolds and Linhoffs.

    I´m only talking about your ROTJ/ANH separation, cause i think that´s a strong statement which has to be prooved before someone can take it for fact. ;)
     
  9. lonepigeon

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    The flash at top looks too short and tapered as has been said. It's probably not right for a droid caller. Maybe you can post more pics when you get it.


    Linhof's were not used at all.
    They are very similar to the Han ANH model, but require some modifications. There were 3 different Kobold variations used in the movies.
     
  10. xmr1

    xmr1 Well-Known Member

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    I'll post some more pics when I get it, I'm not sure the top is really tapered. It could be just a reflection. But let's see

    Could someone post measurements of the right model so I could check?
     
  11. avianoguitarist

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    Some had the Kobold logo, some did not. The tip is not as tapered as it looks at first glance--zoom in and follow the edges in comparison to the body. Yes, a slight taper but not bad. That's certainly going to work as a Han Droid caller. Don't sweat it--you're good to go!
     
  12. lonepigeon

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    Hopefully it is just the photo making the dimensions look off.
    The correct flashes are 5 inches long (minus the reflector and that insert of course).
     
  13. rkpetersen

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    Here's a pic of my original Kobold, for comparison. My understanding is that this is the Han version from ANH.

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  14. Lichtbringer

    Lichtbringer Sr Member

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    I just went to have a look at mine in the basement - 126,89mm/127mm in metric terms.
     
  15. Lichtbringer

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    I think it was another knob/plate that was used in the bottom.

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  16. rkpetersen

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    Yes, I think you're right, Michael. The full Kobold flash unit I bought had the smaller knob; not sure why.
     
  17. Lichtbringer

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    I assume it depends on the camera the full rack was originally bought for.

    Mine looked this way:

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  18. xmr1

    xmr1 Well-Known Member

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    Ok, the postman just delivered my Kobold. It's exactly 12,7cm long and not tapered at all. Mine has a knob where Lichtbringer's has a switch. It's real nice

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    The missing Kobold logo and the knob do not bother me at all.
     
  19. rkpetersen

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    Oh yeah, that looks good. Congrats!
     
  20. Lichtbringer

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    Strange thing, even the reflector-clamp that is often used as D-ring bracket is different.

    Never seen such a version, maybe a slave unit?
     
  21. xmr1

    xmr1 Well-Known Member

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    No idea, all I got was the Kobold itself, a reflector and a cable. No manual included.
     
  22. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Like I said good enough for a Droid Caller :) however I too am quite surprised in seeing this type of Kobold for the first time and agree with Michael that the reflector-clamp is quite unusual. Could this perhaps be the third Kobold variation that Chris a.k.a. Lonepigeon speaks of?

    -Chaim
     
  23. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    No slave unit Michael, just a variation of this bulb-flash.
    I have quite a few Linhofs and Kobolds and about half of them have the bracket with the wide-positioned screws.

    Markus
     
  24. Lichtbringer

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    The bracket, yeah - but the whole as is (bracket, knobs, buttons,..) is strange. :wacko
     
  25. Marv

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    If I'm correct this is an older variation.
     
  26. lonepigeon

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    This isn't a screen used version of the Kobold.

    I've seen that bracket mount type before, but not this exact configuration of buttons. It's not accurate, but I suppose it's not bad for costuming if you can't get a correct one for a decent price.

    Chris

     

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