Am I using my Vivitar 283 w/ my Nikon FM correctly?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ashwin Kittur, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. I used my Vivitar 283 on my manual focus FM this weekend for the first
    time. Here are the scenarios, and I wanted to check if my thinking is
    correct:

    The first scenario is shooting pictures of an indoor Halloween party.
    It was dark enough so that it would be difficult to focus accurately
    and far too dim to use a hand-holdable shutter speed at my widest
    aperture (f2.8), so using 400 speed film, I dialed in the flash
    setting for f16 (blue), used the max. flash sync speed of 1/125 on the
    camera, set my aperture at f16 giving me greater depth of field and
    shot away. I did not use my in camera meter at all because there was
    too little light for an usable shutter speed and aperture combination.

    Second scenario, it was sundown outdoors. Again too little light for
    my widest aperture and any hand-holdable shutter speed for my 100
    speed film (though plenty enough light to see visually). I wanted to
    take a shot at f4 - correct amount of depth of field for the effect I
    wanted - but I wanted just enough light so I could use my desire
    f-stop, so I dialed in the lowest flash output (yellow) hoping that
    would give enough light but not enough to washout my subject.

    Of course, my final prints will confirm if I was successful, but I
    wanted to see if I'm on the right track here.
    Thanks,
    Ashwin
     
    Ashwin Kittur, Nov 3, 2003
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  2. Ashwin Kittur

    ROBMURR Guest

    The first scenario is shooting pictures of an indoor Halloween party.
    with those setting on my 283 anything up to 15ft away would be
    exposed correctly.
    Your probably ok on this, depending on how reflective a subject
    it was, you could have tried the red zone also to see the difference.
     
    ROBMURR, Nov 3, 2003
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  3. Ashwin Kittur

    BandHPhoto Guest

    <I used my Vivitar 283 on my manual focus FM this weekend for the first
    time. Here are the scenarios, and I wanted to check if my thinking is
    correct:>

    I used 283s on my FM2n bodies as my primary system for a long time. With ISO
    400 film, yellow and f/5.6 suited about 95% of all applications with more-than
    adequate depth-of-field plus very quick recycle times.

    Other color settings mean more flash per pop, slower recycle times, and fewer
    pops per battery set.
    - --

    regards,
    Henry Posner/B&H Photo-Video
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com
     
    BandHPhoto, Nov 3, 2003
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