A&P finally got a flash

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Specialist23, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Specialist23

    Specialist23 OT Supporter

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    after all of the "flash" talking and other purchasing one and seeing with my own eyes the difference, i decided to get the 430ex. i ended up getting it for $275, i know i could've gotten it cheaper but i wanted it right away and by the time i spent money on s&h it would've been close enough.

    anyway, i love this thing, when it's used correctly. i'm still trying to figure it out.

    one quick question, my buddy's d70s and his flash, sorry forget which one, automatically adjusts his flash accordingly to his "zoom". how come mine doesn't do this? i've read the manual many times and i know this is a stupid question, but i can not figure it out. does it not do this? meaning the # on the upper right hand side, my buddy's changes as he zooms in further in or out, but mine doesn't.

    thanks.
     
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  2. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    I think its just a feature of the flash. my SB-800 does it.
     
  3. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    do you have it set to automatic? my sigma 500 dg super does it
     
  4. eof

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    I don't think I need a flash prove me wrong....

    I have a D70....I don't shoot alot of indoor but I do once and a while. What benifits does a flash provide above and beyond using the built in flash?
     
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    It should zoom automatically. :dunno:
     
  6. Dr. Decoy

    Dr. Decoy that's what's up my dude

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    :werd: fucking powerful ass flash
     
  7. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    my 420 changes as the zoom adjusts /shrug
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Depending on the type of flash you purchase, there are numerous benefits. The main reason I bought a Canon 420EX is the ability to swivel the flash and bounce it off walls and ceilings to avoid having harsh lighting on subjects in low light conditions. By bouncing it, you also reduce the amount of shadows in the back. I do a lot of indoor shooting of cars and people, so by bouncing it off other objects, it reduces the amount of glare on cars and also 'shiny' faces on people.

    Some flashes can also act as slave units, so you're able to flash from different angles to fill in subjects.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    3 pics for comparison (quickie shots, these aren't meant to be uber pics):

    Canon 350D, built in flash:
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    420EX flash, aimed straight at the subject:
    [​IMG]

    420EX flash, bounced off the ceiling:
    [​IMG]

    It's easy to see that the flash off the ceiling provides more even lighting on the bottle (and also on the countertop), plus you don't have the terrible reflections when the flash is aimed right at the bottle.

    (settings were 50mm f/1.8 Canon lense, 1/30, ISO 200, f/2.2 aperature)
     
  10. dnicol

    dnicol shoopdawoop

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    Nice comparison shots. I'm hoping to get a speedlight soon for the old D70.
     
  11. sony

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    It'll only zoom if it is pointing forward, if you're pointing it upward it won't zoom just fyi.
     
  12. eof

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    Can Flashes be used as weapons? Like if I walk up to one of my asshole friends and zoom full and point it at his face will he be blinded?
     
  13. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I can just hit the pilot light on my 420ex and blind the hell out of anyone. :naughty:
     
  14. eof

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    Hmm...INteresting
     
  15. tenplanescrashing

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    yes, he will be temporarily blind for the rest of his life...and if you do it enough on dark clothes (especially navy blue shirts), you'll see faded spots.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    It's funny when the camera is pointed one direction, the flash is directed another way, act like I'm taking a shot, then hit the pilot button :rofl:
     
  17. eof

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    :bowdown:

    I don't even want one for my camera I just want to get it to piss my friends off.
     
  18. mattsb2000

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    :rofl: Buy a disposable camera and take the case apart. Shock them with the capacitor ftw.
     
  19. Keesh

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    My 430ex will zoom. But it has to be pointing forward. No bouncing.
     
  20. lilcheen

    lilcheen New Member

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    you'd want the flash at its widest anways if your bouncing it
     
  21. Specialist23

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    did you do anything else except to just put the thing on and "screw" it on with the little mount?
     
  22. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    after testing your theory out with my gf today i have to say yes
     
  23. eof

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    All I needed to know...a flash is now on my list of things I need.
     
  24. mads.

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    good thing i have a sb800 on order :cool:
     
  25. kendan

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    my sigma 500dg st adjusts to how far the camera is zoomed in.
     

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