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Old Jan 29, 2011, 2:59 PM   #1
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Default Maintaining the FZ40 Image Quality

I have had my FZ40 for just over a month. Based on my shooting (about 500 images thus far) the "sweet spot" for the best image quality seems to be at an ISO setting of 80 to 100.

So, I have begun experimenting with ways of keeping the ISO fully under control while shooting, indoors, at greater than normal Flash Range, and in photo environments that have a low level of lighting.

In this instance, I increased the Flash Range (camera to subject distance measured in feet) to 20 feet, and the light level demanded that I use flash to maintain the ISO range at ISO 80 to 100.

It was impossible to get the desired ISO range of ISO 80 to 100 using just the FZ40's built-in flash. So I knew that I had to add more light to my photo environment. I chose a recently purchased DigiSlave 3000 Slave Flash to add more light, so that I could remain at a Flash Range of 20 feet and keep the ISO set at 80 to 100. The attached photo was take at ISO 100.

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Old Jan 29, 2011, 7:57 PM   #2
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Here is a second image with a little more control of the Slave Flash.

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The second photo is very good. Thanks for sharing your experiments with us; it's all helpful
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Slaveflash did great work
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Sarah Joyce,

the effect of the slave flash is really impressive.
What is your opinion on the SDF Bower slave flash?
Do you have some experiences in using the flash outdoor e.g. for close up or macro?

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Old Jan 30, 2011, 4:17 PM   #6
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Stefan-

I have used the Bower SDF Slave Flash. It is not very powerful, nor reliable. Mine just quit working after about 6 to 7 months. And yes, I do use flash when I have backlighting or when doing an informal portrait in soft shade.

Here is a sample where flash was used to overcome strong back lighting.

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Sarah Joyce,

very impressive and informative.

The DigiSlave 3000 Slave Flash you mentioned is hardly available in Germany :-( could you recommend an other model?

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Sarah Joyce,

very impressive and informative.

The DigiSlave 3000 Slave Flash you mentioned is hardly available in Germany :-( could you recommend an other model?

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Stefan-

Bower, Vivitar, and Soligar all make Slave Flash units that are marketed in Europe. Just be sure to get as much output as possible.

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Sarah Joyce. Thank you once again for the lesson in photography, and please say thank you to your husband for his role as the model.....
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