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Old 09-22-2005, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 20D, corded...
alien bees b1600...

what is the fastest shutter speed I can shoot at? Is it 20D standard or just to be used with this monolight?

thanks in advance.
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Old 09-22-2005, 12:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The manual says it's 1/250th of a sec (fixed).
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The manual says it's 1/250th of a sec (fixed).

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oh that little book has information in it? doh.. thanks though!
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Old 09-22-2005, 01:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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np, it even has an index! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 09-22-2005, 10:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I recommend testing. I use a Nikon D70. Advertized sync is 1/500. I also use Pocket Wizard Plus. Advertized sync is 1/250. Testing with Dyna-lit strobes I determined I get full sync to 1/1200. Above 1/1200 the light falls off quickly. So my own personal max is 1/1000 if I need it. Your mileage may vary.

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Old 09-22-2005, 06:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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With my 20D and supa-cheap Ebay lights and radio kit, I can hit 300 without seeing the shutter. I haven't tried using the onboard flash, but I doubt that would be any faster. I haven't tried to RTFM and see if there are some tricks for better speeds.

If you are running into issues with too much light, pick up a Neutral Density filter. My garage is pretty darn small, and when I get the budget for a couple Bees, I know the light will be overpowering, so I'll also get the low and medium reduction filters. BVH has a great selection if you need a place to start looking.

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Old 09-23-2005, 01:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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With my 20D and supa-cheap Ebay lights and radio kit, I can hit 300 without seeing the shutter. I haven't tried using the onboard flash, but I doubt that would be any faster. I haven't tried to RTFM and see if there are some tricks for better speeds.

If you are running into issues with too much light, pick up a Neutral Density filter. My garage is pretty darn small, and when I get the budget for a couple Bees, I know the light will be overpowering, so I'll also get the low and medium reduction filters. BVH has a great selection if you need a place to start looking.

Cheers!
Glenn K.

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ya im just trying to control my ambient light a little more. i.e. cheap in home studio gone black cos im shooting fast. what radio kit did you find on ebay? i see some cheap ones but im semi skeptical.
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I don't know what brand it is. The receiver has a large green button and two status LEDs. For some odd reason it has a 1/4" plug which had to be stepped down to 1/8" with a regular mono 1/4 to 1/8 adapter. It has been very reliable. It was about $45, so I was kind of skeptical considering the price of the name brand kits, but I've been very happy with it.

I'm doing a shoot tonight so I'll try to do a comparison of the flash various remote methods: radio, on-camera flash as a trigger, and sync cord.

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I don't know what brand it is. The receiver has a large green button and two status LEDs. For some odd reason it has a 1/4" plug which had to be stepped down to 1/8" with a regular mono 1/4 to 1/8 adapter. It has been very reliable. It was about $45, so I was kind of skeptical considering the price of the name brand kits, but I've been very happy with it.

I'm doing a shoot tonight so I'll try to do a comparison of the flash various remote methods: radio, on-camera flash as a trigger, and sync cord.

Cheers!
Glenn K.

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sounds like the ones i was lookin at. let me know how it goes. until then im using a sync cord!
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1/125th is the *recommended* shutter speed for studio strobes by Canon.. I have used 1/250th but, I open the f-stop by about a stop to compensate for the darkness.....and this is apparent with every Canon camera I have owned.....digital and film..

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