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Old 11-28-2007   #1
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Hi all !

I just bought two Elinchrom 22 and one 11 to a guy who had them in the original box for yeeeeears and never used them ! He eventually decided to sell them and i got the deal for the equivalent of US $400.-, with three stands, 3 different umbrellas, a barndoor and a honeycomb diffuser !

Now, they were made BEFORE the digital era, so there's no way to change the power on these flashes, so i guess the only way to control it is by changing the distance to the subject/model !?!

Anyone ever used these studio flashes and could give me some tips ?

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Hi !

Coming back to my problem, i tried these flashes at my place, but as the space is rather restricted, i can't move the flashes away enough, so i have to use 1:250 at minimum f/11, even at ISO 100 !

I would like to be aboe to use f/4 to blurr the background, bu then i would have to reduce the shutter-speed acordingly... I remember having read that there's a way to set the D200 to be able to shoot with flash at very fast shutter-speed, but i just can't remember HOW !

Any idea?

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Changing your shutter speed will not help. With strobes, you get the same exposure at 1/30 of a second as you do at 1/250 ( assuming there is low ambient light)

The speed of the strobe is so quick in comparison to your shutter speed ( > 1/600 of a second?) that most of the time your shutter is open, it is exposing for available light.

What you need to do is knock down the light the strobes emit. You can do this with gels/ grids etc. but to try to take a f/11 to an f/4... good luck.

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Filters on the bulbs and on the lenses would help, but finding a good balance will be nasty. By moving them away you also change the strength and the fall-off of the light, so you should not do it, as you want to use artifical light for having the control You could aim it at a wall, getting a huge light source at the same time.

The Highspeedsynchronisation of your cam will only work with the Nikon system speedlights, but not with studio strobes.
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JPS, use some difussion material in front of the strobe. By adding additional layers it will reduce the amount of light. Also a scrim will cut the amount of light.
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You could also use a neutral Density filter on your lens to cut the light.

I have also cut my light by throwing coffee filters over the strobes.


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