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With the help of engineer William Mather, who was also a director of the company, they produced flat magnesium ribbon, which was said to burn more consistently and completely so giving better illumination than round wire.It also had the benefit of being a simpler and cheaper process than making round wire.
The PF1 (along with the M2) had a faster ignition time (less delay between shutter contact and peak output), so it could be used with X synch below 1/30 of a second—while most bulbs require a shutter speed of 1/15 on X synch to keep the shutter open long enough for the bulb to ignite and burn.Cameras with flash sync triggered the flashbulb a fraction of a second before opening the shutter, allowing faster shutter speeds.A flashbulb widely used during the 1960s was the Press 25, the (about 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter) flashbulb often used by newspapermen in period movies, usually attached to a press camera or a twin-lens reflex camera. Other flashbulbs in common use were the M-series, M-2, M-3 etc., which had a small ("miniature") metal bayonet base fused to the glass bulb.They are either synchronized with the camera using a flash synchronization cable or radio signal, or are light-triggered, meaning that only one flash unit needs to be synchronized with the camera, and in turn triggers the other units, called slaves.Studies of magnesium by Bunsen and Roscoe in 1859 showed that burning this metal produced a light with similar qualities to daylight.Some cameras allow separate flash units to be mounted via a standardized "accessory mount" bracket (a hot shoe).
In professional studio equipment, flashes may be large, standalone units, or studio strobes, powered by special battery packs or connected to mains power.
A blue plastic film was introduced as an option to match the spectral quality of the flash to daylight-balanced colour film.
Subsequently, the magnesium was replaced by zirconium, which produced a brighter flash.
An alternative to ribbon was flash powder, a mixture of magnesium powder and potassium chlorate, introduced by its German inventors Adolf Miethe and Johannes Gaedicke in 1887.
A measured amount was put into a pan or trough and ignited by hand, producing a brief brilliant flash of light, along with the smoke and noise that might be expected from such an explosive event.
This could be a life-threatening activity, especially if the flash powder was damp.