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Old Dec 7, 2005, 12:53 AM   #1
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Cheaper the better!

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I found those three on bhphoto, but I'm very open to new suggestions. I'm relatively new to digital photography, especially beyond the basic 'buy camera, click around till it looks good' so I know pretty much bollocks about expansion slave flashes. What's the difference between those first two Phoenix flashes, besides $25?

My main use is shooting clubs/raves/indoor parties/people indoors. I usually have a low ceiling to work with, but not always, like at a rave in a stadium.

I aspire to shoot stuff like this:
http://phocas.net/gallery/displayima...582&pos=23
http://phocas.net/gallery/displayima...582&pos=27
http://phocas.net/gallery/displayima...82&pos=141

How was that done? How powerful a flash do I need if I want to take a "large" crowd shot?

Oh, and please keep size in consideration; I shoot for maybe 2 hours out of an 8 hour rave, the rest is spent dancing/whatever - I can't exactly dance with a DSLR on my hip, which is why I have my A620.

Does the A620 fire a preflash?
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I just bought the Vivitar DF200. It is exactly the same as the Phoenix D91. Both have 4 power settings and I think the Phoenix D92 only has one or two setting.

I had a problem with B&H Photo though. They shipped a Vivitar DF120 and charged me for the DF200. Then had more issues trying to get them to ship the correct unit. Ultimately, I got my money back and placed an order with Digital Foto.

I use the DF200 with a Panasonic FZ5. I have only done some experimenting so far, but it seems to work as advertised. It is nice and bright so it should give you good distance.It alsolooks like it could work as a slave for just about any camera with or without a pre-flash.

I have not used it in areas where there are many other flashes or strobes may cause the slave to flash. There is a "hold" button on the back that you might be able to hold until just before you take the photo. In addition, the bright flash may give you a faster shutter that might lose some of those cool light effects in your samples.

For about$70,it's a pretty good accessory to keep in the bag.



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Old Dec 8, 2005, 11:42 AM   #3
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A slave flash is the ideal answer for your A-620 situation. You can find them for less than $(US) 50 and they can greatly extend your flash range.

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I have an el-cheapo Optex slave flash that I use occaisionally with my Fuji S5200. It's not the most sophisticated flash out there, but it extends my flash range considerably and it has a video light.
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Old Dec 9, 2005, 10:06 PM   #5
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Vivitar 283 with a VP-1 adapter and a slave hotshoe adapter

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sunpak 383 with the slave hotshoe?

It seems the Canon A620 does not fire a preflash when used in Manual mode, which is fine with me.
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you shoulda just eMailed me and asked...

you should eMail me anyhow if you wanna shoot like that...

otherwise... you get what you pay for in a flash. i'm usin a 550EX and LUV it.

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My main use is shooting clubs/raves/indoor parties/people indoors. I usually have a low ceiling to work with, but not always, like at a rave in a stadium.

I aspire to shoot stuff like this:
http://phocas.net/gallery/displayima...582&pos=23
http://phocas.net/gallery/displayima...582&pos=27
http://phocas.net/gallery/displayima...82&pos=141

How was that done? How powerful a flash do I need if I want to take a "large" crowd shot?

Oh, and please keep size in consideration; I shoot for maybe 2 hours out of an 8 hour rave, the rest is spent dancing/whatever - I can't exactly dance with a DSLR on my hip, which is why I have my A620.

Does the A620 fire a preflash?
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