Need Help with my Canon 420EX flash (0/1)

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Don Smith, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Don Smith

    Don Smith Guest

    I have th DREB and just bought a Canon 420EX flash to help will fill
    lighting. My question is, why don't I get more flash power with
    certain shots? I just took an assignment (volunteer) with my
    daughter's school (very large and sophisticated private school) to
    help supplement their photography needs. Here are some shots I took
    today for an event and (using all automatic) don't think I'm doing
    somethng right to get more flash. (today I bought a Sto-Fen
    Omni-Bounce but didn't get it until after this shoot).

    Also, 2nd question, what is the best lens to shoot a football game?

    Don in Georgia
    Don Smith, Sep 8, 2005
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  2. Don Smith

    Eric Miller Guest

    Where did you say they are?
    Canon EF 400 1:2.8L IS USM
    Eric Miller, Sep 8, 2005
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  3. Don Smith

    Colin D Guest

    Where are the shots, Don?

    I have a d-reb and the 420EX as well.

    Colin D.
    Colin D, Sep 8, 2005
  4. Don Smith

    [BnH] Guest

    Without seeing your image ...

    1. maybe the object is bright, while BG is dark , hence your camera metering
    tell your flash [just shoot at 1/x power]
    2. maybe your flash GN is not enough to cover the distance.

    I just took an assignment (volunteer) with my
    <-- as other poster said EF 400 /2.8 is good, although MAYBE you can survive
    with a 100-400 L :)
    [BnH], Sep 9, 2005
  5. Don Smith

    Skip M Guest

    My guess, without seeing the images, is that the lens you have isn't fast
    enough. That sounds like the result I had with my 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM,
    when I started using the 24-70 f2.8L, my ratio of useable flash shots, also
    with the 420EX, went up exponentially. That Stofen will actually cut your
    effective flash power, by as much as a full stop, depending on which one it
    As far as what lens to use for football, the longest, fastest lens you can
    lay your hands on. Most of the lenses you see on the sidelines of pro and
    college football games, and most other sporting events, for that matter, are
    400mm f2.8 lenses, in Canon's case, with IS, to boot.
    Skip M, Sep 9, 2005
  6. Don Smith

    Don Smith Guest

    Didn't know you could not post. Here is a link to a website with the
    Don Smith, Sep 9, 2005
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