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Joseph M. Kolecki
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005

Shutter Speed While Shooting Outdoors w/ Flash

Ok, so as we all know, most digital cameras sync to their selected external flash units at shutter speeds up to, and only up to 250. So what do you do when you are shooting in intense daylight and you want to achieve stunning bokeh by using smaller aperatures? Many have said, ditch the flash and use reflector discs, but I just cannot help but find my flash most useful. I shoot with a D200. A usual setting for me when shooting in daylight around mid-day is ISO-100 or 125, f6.5-7 and of course, the famous shutter speed of 250. My flash is then usually at -1 or -1.3ev. Any ideas or comments on this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :-)

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10/13/2008 1:04:28 PM

Joseph M. Kolecki
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2005
  I should add... My target aperature opening is 2.8 using fill flash in daylight at a focal length of 105-130.

Thanks again.

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10/13/2008 1:06:55 PM

You need a camera with a leaf shutter to sync at all shutter speeds, Joseph.

Have fun!

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10/13/2008 2:10:45 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Iso 100 with f/7 doesn't sound like intense daylight. But reflectors or fill flash, it's still adding a little more light.
Whatever it is that's got you set on using a flash, you have to be in the neighborhood of your target in order to think about getting on your target.
Film, iso 50, or 25 if anybody still makes it. Different camera, one of W's leaf shutter. Maybe the 1d III will sync higher than it's listed. The first 1d did.
Cheap reflector, buy a different camera?

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10/13/2008 2:41:33 PM

I've still got a fully functional 8mp KonicaMinolta A2, 28-200mm, that syncs at all shutter speeds up to 1/4000th. It is a trusted backup workhorse camera.
Maybe you can find one at FleaBay.

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10/13/2008 3:23:15 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  ND filter .... that should help

I shoot canon, so I'm not familiar with all the details concerning Nikon ... but I can put my flash in high sync mode when it's on my camera.

My problem right now is trying to go wireless with a transmitter/receiver that is Radio Frequency and can still do high sync without breaking the bank (can be done except for the breaking the bank part). Ummm, yeah. I think an ND filter will be cheaper.

do you use your flash wirelessly? Or is it all on-camera?

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10/13/2008 5:21:36 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Joseph, If you have Nikon D200 as indicated in your gallery, it can sync at all shutter speeds with the latest Nikon speedlights (SB-900, SB-800, SB-600), or similar that enable FP high speed sync like the Sigma EF 530 DG Super.

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10/13/2008 5:38:48 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  me thinks someones busy.

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10/14/2008 7:23:38 PM


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  Hey Greg, You can still find Konica ISO 25. I just got ten rolls from a local camera shop.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

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10/17/2008 11:55:04 AM

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