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Offline tom palmer

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« on: August 05, 2005, 05:06:08 AM »
need a flash for my 7D who likes what, book says 5600hs-d, 3600hs are the prime ones what do the guys who use them think

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2005, 07:27:33 AM »
I use the 5600hsd and a Sunpak PZ40x.

 The Sunpak is a nice little flash but slow to charge, it has always the perfect E.V. Great as a fill in flash when you are on the go it covers a nice 24-70mm range but it doesn’t have a very bright strobe. Due to its small size it is great to keep in your camera bag for when you need a flash in a hurry.

The real work horse is my 5600 HSD that thing can light up a city. You can use it wireless, and can be tilted turned to use at any angle of reflection (bounce). It has a built in 17mm adaptor, although the range is officially from 24-85mm I have used it with a 200mm 2.8 no problem.  The problem with the 5600 is you my need to get your camera re calibrated to work with the flash.  It cost’s a lot more than the Sunpak but if I could only have 1 flash I would use the 5600 HSD.

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2005, 05:04:03 PM »
I have the 5600 HSD as well.
Works like a charm. Tends to underexpose in certain situations (and it doesn't  when I'm shooting slides on my film camera, so it's a 7D thing), but all you really have to do is dial in the appropriate Flash Exposure Compensation. The 7D makes it quite easy, really.

In any case, even if I forget to dial in the compensation for whatever reason, I can usually recover the required detail using Photoshop or GIMP. It's a good thing that it's underexposure and not over.
Might just be deliberate, since blown out highlights are irrecoverable.[/code]
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2005, 09:50:31 AM »
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The problem with the 5600 is you my need to get your camera re calibrated to work with the flash.


Ronin, can you elaborate on the above? I have just purchased a 5600HS(D) for use with my 7D and your comment has me worried.  :(
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2005, 03:49:49 PM »
There is a known problem with flash calibration on some 7D’s. It is a quick easy adjustment by KM but you need to send your flash and camera in. But as I understand it like the back focusing problem it was only in earlier models.

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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2005, 07:43:09 PM »
I too, am looking for a flash. I'd like to get either the 3600 or the 5600 but  since I don't make my living with my camera, it's kind of hard to justify the price. I want to take very well done photos for my family. I'd like to know if anyone else faced this issue, and how did you solve it?
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2005, 08:16:52 PM »
what do you need from a flsh and how much do you want to spend? what sought of lenses do you use the most?

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2005, 08:35:50 PM »
I'm using my old Unomat ( GN 36 ) quite successfully but you need to do the exposure calcs yourself ie try it and see. I set it up as if the camera was my old Pentax, let the flash do its own auto expose. If you know your flash and your camera you can do it ok, just have to experiment.
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2005, 01:52:49 AM »
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what do you need from a flsh and how much do you want to spend? what sought of lenses do you use the most?

Ronin, what I'd like to get out of the flash are pictures that are good enough to print and hang in my home, s well s family members homes. Like I said, I am not a pro, but I want decent results. I also don't want to purchase a flash unit, then either be unsatisfied with it, or grow out of it very quickly. The lenses I intend to use most with it are my 50mm prime, and another lenses I am getting-in the 28-35mm range. Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2005, 07:47:35 AM »
Ronin, Thank you for your prompt reply to my question.

I am still waiting for delivery of the flash, so am unable to test it. I bought the 7D in April 05 and it did not have the back focus problem, so hopefully I received a later model.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2005, 07:59:13 AM »
Look at the 3600hsd from Minolta it will be bright enough to cover your needs, and has wireless. It's cheaper than the 5600HSD and a little smaller.


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what do you need from a flsh and how much do you want to spend? what sought of lenses do you use the most?

Ronin, what I'd like to get out of the flash are pictures that are good enough to print and hang in my home, s well s family members homes. Like I said, I am not a pro, but I want decent results. I also don't want to purchase a flash unit, then either be unsatisfied with it, or grow out of it very quickly. The lenses I intend to use most with it are my 50mm prime, and another lenses I am getting-in the 28-35mm range. Thanks.

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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2005, 08:03:22 AM »
I got my camera in Dec or Jan need to look for the receipt. I’ve never had a issue with back or front focus but wide angle (24-25mm) flash shots were under exposed by 2-3 stops.  


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Ronin, Thank you for your prompt reply to my question.

I am still waiting for delivery of the flash, so am unable to test it. I bought the 7D in April 05 and it did not have the back focus problem, so hopefully I received a later model.

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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2005, 08:11:45 AM »
I received my 5600HS(D) flash today. I have tested it on camera (7D) and it seems to work correctly, no under exposure, even at 24mm. Still need to test it in wireless mode, which I will do within the coming days. Thanks again Ronin for your help.  :D
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.