Strobist: faster sync speeds

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There's a new blog piece on the Strobist site, about how to get faster sync speeds from your flash. That's not an issue for those of us shooting newer cameras with SB800/600s, because we have FP mode. But even so, his discussion of the value of fast sync speeds makes for a worthwhile read.

http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/
 
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The fast sync speed is one of the things I liked a lot with my D1x (1/500).
But the evolution of FP mode has made sync speed concerns a thing of the past (if you have the equipment of course).
One must be sure to program the camera to take advantage of it by default though.
 
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If you have a D50 or D70, you can always tape the bottom 2 pins of the Flash contacts (on the SB600 and SB800) and Fire the flash with sync's up to 1/8000
You lose a bit of flash power (much like FP) But you also get a single flash fire, So you don't get some of the drawbacks of FP mode (Aka for hummingbirds and stuff)
 
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If you have a D50 or D70, you can always tape the bottom 2 pins of the Flash contacts (on the SB600 and SB800) and Fire the flash with sync's up to 1/8000
You lose a bit of flash power (much like FP) But you also get a single flash fire, So you don't get some of the drawbacks of FP mode (Aka for hummingbirds and stuff)
But how does that work for off camera flash?
 

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Hi UF !<br />Thanks for these explanations... that "Strobist" site seems to be full of goodies ! Now, how about the D200 and FP ? I didn't find where to set it... (i still use an SB80-DX, BTW)<br />Cheers,<br />J-P.
 
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Now, how about the D200 and FP ? I didn't find where to set it... (i still use an SB80-DX, BTW)<br />Cheers,<br />J-P.
I don't know if the sb80 supports fp mode, but you'll find out soon enough. Here's how you set it:

Menu
Custom Setting Menu
(e) Bracketing/Flash
(e1) Flash Sync Speed
select 1/250s (Auto FP)
 
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Hi UF !<br />Thanks for these explanations... that "Strobist" site seems to be full of goodies ! Now, how about the D200 and FP ? I didn't find where to set it... (i still use an SB80-DX, BTW)<br />Cheers,<br />J-P.
I just went thru this myself. The D200 w/sb80-dx will not do FP, so I bought a SB800, what a difference! The SB 800 is worth getting for the D200, besides FP it just works without fiddeling around.
 
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D1X Fast Sync

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This photo was taken today using a faster sync speed as desribed at strobist.com. The reason it was needed was because of the high winds that put the subject - 4.5 foot foxglove cultivar - in continual motion. The SB26 was set to zoom: 85mm; f 8; 1/16 power in M mode. The D1X shutter speed was 1/1250 sec f 16 at ISO 200. The flash was triggered by a PWII and was positioned about 28 inches from the subject. Image was converted from NEF using NX. Only crop/sharpening/convert for web were done. The subject was in bright sun. Lens 105mm 2.8 VR.

Here is a good application of the method. I have others I will post in the appropriate forum.
 

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I just went thru this myself. The D200 w/sb80-dx will not do FP, so I bought a SB800, what a difference! The SB 800 is worth getting for the D200, besides FP it just works without fiddeling around.
Yep ! I also followed Uncle Frank's advice (i only needed this to get an excuse to buy the SB-800 ! :Crunk:) and went to visit my photo-shop...

Here's a few quick shot i took the same evening, at a friend's daughter anniversary party !

All the shots with D200 + "the Beast" and SB-800 bounced to the ceiling. (EXIFs embedded in the images).

The camera was set at "Aperture Priority" F/6.7 - ISO 250 - RAW - WB Auto. The flash was set at Zoom Auto - iTTL inside (iTTL-BL outside). Inside, i pulled the build-i bounce-card, ant set the flash-head at about 60 degrees. Outside, -as for the last pic-, i used the "diffusion dome" and lowered the power of the flash by 1 EV. I must say that i'm quite amazed by the capacity of the SB-800 to compute the lighting for the the fill-in !

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...i repeat: these were "snapshots" ! Now, i have to learn how to succeed to keep the kids STILL -for a few seconds- and smile "normally" :wink: !

BTW, i'm REALLY impressed by the SB-800: i used to use the SB80-DX with a Fuji S2 and a D70, but now... what a difference: that flash is really intelligent !

Any advice/tips on how to get better results with only one flash mounted on the hot-shoe are welcome...

Cheers,
J-P.
 
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...i repeat: these were "snapshots" ! Now, i have to learn how to succeed to keep the kids STILL -for a few seconds- and smile "normally" :wink: !
They look like compositions to me, JP. Isn't it great to be able to use your camera indoors? :biggrin:
 
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