second 20D dies...

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Ryadia, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Ryadia

    Ryadia Guest

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    I have a Lumiquest mini soft box myself and the documentation specifically
    states you will lose 1 to 1.5 stops with their diffuser. Their prediction is
    spot on, too. One alternative you might like to try and still retain a soft
    flash is to use some gauze over the flash. I hold a tissue on with a rubber
    band when the need arrises. There is a difference between the soft box and a
    fabric diffuser.

    Sometimes I use a white candy bag over the flash with great success in
    shots inside. Another cheap and useful flash softener is a stainless steel
    salad bowel (small size) with a aluminium frame riveted and bent to accept
    the flash with the head turned 180 degrees so it fires into the bowel. Of
    course an extension lead is needed but this provides an exceptionally soft
    light.

    I take advantage of the softbox outside as fill flash. You'd hardly know the
    portrait was flashed at all and really, this is what we aim for. Full tonal
    range. Working inside it's either a Sto-fen cover over the flash or a fabric
    diffuser. One thing I have found with nearly all camera mounted flashes is
    that they will show the ready light before the capacitor is fully charged.
    As the batteries exhaust, the lag will grow. The Internal flash on the 20D
    doesn't do this anywhere near as much so when we shoot and print (like at
    Santa's) the Internal flash assures evenly flashed shots all the time. This
    may be the lithium camera batteries. I intend to try lithium's in the flash
    and see how that theory pans out.

    Merry Christmas.

    Doug
     
    Ryadia, Dec 25, 2004
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  2. It all makes some sense now. Somehow I didn't question the camera guy as
    we stood testing the flash with the soft box and the exposures appeared
    fine. He said the camera adjusted the output of the flash to compensate
    for the diffusion and damping of the softbox, and seeing that the
    apparent results confirmed this, I didn't question it enough. Duh on me.

    And a very Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
     
    John McWilliams, Dec 25, 2004
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