The Creative Strobist

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by Uncle Frank, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. It's great fun reading Dave Hobby's on-assignment series, and follow his creative meandering. He takes a giant leap today, using his new compact digicam (Canon G7) in Strobist-mode.

    I perked up when I saw his results, because Nancy owns a Canon a710is, which is the G7's little brother.


    I figured I could use its internal flash to trigger an SB800 in dumb slave mode (SU4), but it seemed inappropriate to mate a digicam with a flash that's twice its size and more expensive. Then I remembered the inexpensive optical slave units I bought last summer. I dusted off a Vivitar DF200 and gave it a try.

    First I mounted it in a cold shoe, but size 13s take up too much space.

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    Then I remembered it came with a little stand.

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    Who says Strobism has to be expensive. The DF200 only cost me $70, and has everything I need in a slave flash.

    Guide number of 92 @ a 100 ISO equivalent
    4 selectable power levels
    Lens coverage from 28mm to 105mm
    330 degree swivel and 90 degree vertical bounce
    Built in optical trigger

    I tried it out on my resident victim subject, Nancy, holding the camera in my right hand, and the flash in my outstretched left hand.

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    As you can see from the reflections in Nancy's glasses in this 100% crop, the onboard flash successfully triggered the remote slave, which sync'ed with the camera's shutter.

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    Bingo! I have my lightweight vacation rig :smile:.
  2. DrewC


    Jan 30, 2007
    Denver, CO
    nobody believes this trick when i tell 'em... looks like it worked nicely for you too. nice
  3. DougD50


    Aug 29, 2006
    Uncle Frank,

    Looks like you need to join Strobist Anonymous,:biggrin: .... I've been reading the Strobist Blog and I think I'm getting hooked on this off camera lighting stuff as well.
  4. I tried out the off-camera flash trick with an oldie but goodie... my Nikon Coolpix 995. I've kept it because of its macro abilities, and haven't used it for people pics for ages. But I love its image quality, so I gave it a go with the Vivitar DF200.

  5. chemisti


    May 24, 2007
    McKinney, TX
    Very nice post and this DF200 is very interesting as a quite portable and easy to use flash. If I needed another (which I don't) this might be a very capable flash to use as a hairlight/backlight in more complex setups (2 - 3 light setups) and as a primary in an ultralight setup as you describe here!

    Thanks for the information!
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