There are as many cables in photography as stars in the sky.  Most driven by proprietary interests.  This means making more money with selected accessories for the manufacturer and making your wallet slimmer.  

The first cables were mainly made for synch connections, not power supplies. The oldest, the household style, the PC style and the locking PC are still around added to the modern designs on transceivers like the 1/4 and 1/8 inch audio jacks (monaural), and the barrel connector.  

There was power for flash, power for camera, power for static lights, printers , monitors, transceivers, and this is basically why wireless became so popular.  People are getting sick of cables.  But, wireless has faults and when it fails, you wish you had cables.  I use both for redundancy. These are the cables you will need, Quantum makes them, I modify them to make them more bulletproof.  One per strobe.


In the photo above the kind that looks like four batteries laying on one end,  in line is a MKZ-3 and very popular especially with Nikon of the 800-900 vintage.  The MKZ3 fits quite a large percentage of Nikon, METZ and Olympus, flashes. 

It also fits a lot of compact tape recorders.Thats the good end.  It has an RCA male jack on the other end, we call the bad end, which we will freely change out for you.  Keep reading and you will find out why.

Another layout is the MB-A MB5, MB2 series and these are either in a square or trapezoidal aka "drunk rectangle shape.  This list is ever changing as new models come out, but these have also been very popular down through the years, the MB-5, MB2 is popular with Canon.

The four-square is the MB2 used on the 600RT, 580EX II, 430 EX and 430 EX II and the trapezoidal is used on the older first born 580-EX older series.  The MB2 works on the METZ 50 but must be contoured and reversed by me to make it function.


Cables may look the same but they are not,  the difference is the location of the hot (+) and cold (-) contacts. They are not interchangeable, but may be taken apart, de-soldered  and reassembled correctly. The reason is contact placement. I do this all the time. 

You don’t and it’s confusing. There are sixteen possible combinations,  fifteen of which like a firing squad are blanks, one works. Let me figure it out. 

In other words there are three battery arrangements and 8 possible combinations of locations multiplied by 2 since plus's and minus's may be substituted. Trust me... I do this all day long and  when you do it wrong, the first indication is the smell and it’s not nice.

If you do not see your brand on our chart, we have access to over one hundred other models and some may be modified. Email me for the correct fit. 

At the other end of the coiled Quantum cables you will see an RCA jack to contend with and I am the arch-angel that hates RCA jacks and we will freely upgrade your cable, making it better by replacing the RCA jack with a heavier jack called a DIN plug.  We do not like RCA Jacks because they can have problems. We upgrade them FREE, you are allowed two per Black Box purchase.


My packs come standard with two identical usable ports on top, both called DIN ports or plugs. My DIN plugs lock securely, not a friction lock. As you can see from the photo on the left this is a very robust piece of metal.  

They were selected for their highest reliability, life, quality and grounding ability.  The cables we use from Quantum unfortunately come with less expensive RCA ends. We remove them and substitute our heavier jack.

We reuse them to make great stuff like Video cables with locking ends for the MONSTER CABLE CREW.  That application is  low voltage, no slip, generally indoors.  We recycle parts again to save our customer money and keep prices down.

We sell the take-offs to commercial builders who use them for their intended usage which are audio and TC cabling. I will be happy to accommodate you.  You cab make your own MONSTER CABLES, I did and they are great.   8 for ten dollars or sixteen for eighteen dollars.  As an engineer, I’m not happy for them as a power carrier for a flash, but I love them for lower power usage’s such as audio and video signals as you only tighten them once. They never move or corrode.

The second port on the black box allows two flashes to be used at the same time if they are of equal value in output and performance.  It is called a matching DIN.   The DIN is internal, stronger, more reliable, and more secure. It's wires (both positive and negative) are internal and the only thing the outside does is to connect stronger through a threaded collar that does not stress the cable itself or the relief strain.   

For the best performance and bang for your buck, we use male and female DIN plugs from Taiwan, or Japan and not the pot-metal cheap knockoffs from the China mainland. 

CANON      METZ     NIKON    


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