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Old Feb 28, 2004, 8:36 PM   #1
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Well, the new Sigma EF-500 DG Super arrived today so I strapped it on to my Rebel and tested out how the 420EX slaves to it. Quite a difference indeed, and this is definitely going to be a plus for my basketball shoots. I'm looking forward to the next game sometime next week.

Here are a few comparative shots using the 420EX alone (what I have been using up until now), and the Sigma on camera with the 420EX on a stand and slaved:

With only the 420EX:


With the combination:


Quite a "brilliant" difference.
Shots were hand-held, 70-200 F4 L, ISO 100

A short note on "burst" mode with the Sigma and Rebel: what a difference! I can do a 4 shot burst and the Sigma flash keeps up wonderfully; I try the same sort of thing with the 420EX and one shot is all you get with the flash. This Sigma is a pure dream-come-true. I'm already thinking about getting another one.

For those who are considering purchasing one of these beauties: make sure you get the right model, EF-500 DG SUPER for EOS cameras (if for the digital Rebel). I certainly can't guarantee anything if you pick up the wrong model, and lots of SIGMA 500's are out there.
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Old Feb 28, 2004, 8:48 PM   #2
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Let there be light! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Yeah, NHL, I expected some difference but this borders on the fantastic. I'm floored with pleasure.
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Just for curiosity, how does the 500 Super compare alone vs. the 420EX? I'm thinking about this for next year's swim season photos as my 420EX is just a little weak. I doubt I'm serious enough to slave the two together, but on the other hand? With the 500 Super onboard the camera, and the 420EX slaved to it, maybe I could speed up the shutter past the x-sync speed of 1/200 sec. I suspect that (based on what I've learned from NHL) I'd still be better off using the 1/200 sec sync speed even with the two of them together. Even then, that would increase my range considerably. Thanks. gary
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normcar congrats, on the Flash, Now you have opened up a whole new, world called Lighting!! Good Luck!!!
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Yes, I look forward to playing. I also just received my 100mm F2 lens and spent some time tonight at the basketball court. With this new perspective I need to spend some time playing with all of this new "light" that I have, not to mention the slightly better reach with the 100mm prime as compared to the 50mm/1.8. Here's one of the ones I like, not because of the technical so much as the emotional. I also see some improvement in color saturation in this gym (compared to other photos taken). If you have any suggestions I'd certainly appreciate a tip or two, thanks!

I did a slight crop on this one, keeping that face in the upper right because it just seemed so appropriate:



Here's a shot of the girls showing their teamwork. I liked the emotive quality as well on this one:



Here is some bball noir processed, perhaps a bit too big for here, but I'm posting it because I like the eyes and I think that most of you will forgive me.
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There is really no comparison. The Sigma is better all around, and of course it can serve as master to the slave. It's a good buy for sure.
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... Now that you have more light you can close down the aperture!

Most of the other French open pictures, that you liked, were shot at f/6.7 with a Sigma f/2.8 (70-200) for the DOF which you're lacking on your pictures... :P
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Words of wisdom as usual, thanks!
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Remember also, to shoot at the lowest ISO Posible, I keep it as low as possible, alot of people if you check the exif files have everything cranked up to 1600 and alot of noise . The other night shooting indoor arena, bad lighting I put on the Better Beemer and at 200mm I was able to shoot ISO 200. but even without the beemer I rarely go above 500-800. Good Luck...
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