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studio flash sync with D90
Old 06-09-2010, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't used studio lights in a while but back when I shot film I'd use a shutter speed of 1/125 in studio.
My nikon D90 only seams to be able to shoot at 1/60 - 1/80, higher than that and i can see the black line (shutter) any one else using a D90 or can tell me what I'm missing.

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Re: studio flash sync with D90
Old 06-09-2010, 05:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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once in a blue moon my d90 will give me the shutter black bar with my AB800s... but generally I have no problems at 1/160 even up to 1/200...
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I assume you are using flash and not hot lights. If flash, how are you triggering them? If using an inexpensive radio trigger from ebay, this may be your problem as some do not support higher speeds. Also, if using really old or "vintage" flash units from 60's or 70's, these may not support optical triggering at a modern speed because the standard flash synch back then was 1/30th to 1/60th. Using synch cords instead of optical triggering should help this latter issue. Hope this helps.

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Re: studio flash sync with D90
Old 06-10-2010, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I'm using flash not hot lights. I'm using a radio trigger and the lights are not that old. I did receive an email from someone who saw my post and I think he found my problem. My cheap lights have a duration of 1/100 so setting my shutter higher will cause the black line. Thatís why I'm safe at 1/80 or 1/60.

So In the end itís like what an old school photographer once told me...

"Every missed photographic opportunity requires the purchasing of two new pieces of equipment".

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Old 06-10-2010, 11:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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"Every missed photographic opportunity requires the purchasing of two new pieces of equipment".
I like that! I'm going to print it out and place it somewhere to remind me.
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I'm using a radio trigger
Depending on the trigger that could also be part of the problem. Typically those cheap ones are slower than the expensive ones. I've seen some that have 4 channels that on channel 1 sync at 1/250, channels 2 and 3 sync at 1/160 and channel 4 syncs at 1/90th. Try hooking up the flash to the camera with the sync cord and see how that effects it.
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I'll give it a try ErnieR thanks.
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