Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Feb 16, 2014, 9:24 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 263
Default Just got a second hand flash...

A Sigma EF-610 DG Super in pretty good condition for $160 + a promaster wireless shutter release for an added bonus.

Here's my first shot with it. I think I'm doing it right.


How Not To Use a Flash by CCampbell2, on Flickr
sumx4182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Feb 17, 2014, 10:36 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
BobIr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 451
Default

Either over exposed or a shot of a white cat in a snowstorm.
__________________
http://bobmillie.smugmug.com/
BobIr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 17, 2014, 10:46 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 263
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BobIr View Post
Either over exposed or a shot of a white cat in a snowstorm.
Lol. Maybe I'm misreading you and you're joking as well, but I thought my joke was pretty clear.

Yes, it's severely overexposed. I didn't bother to read anything, or learn any settings...I just put the flash on the camera and fired and that was the result. It is apparent to me now that flash on a DSLR is a much different beast than traditional flash on a point and shoot or a cell phone.

I have alot of learning to do!
sumx4182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 18, 2014, 11:00 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 263
Default

With PTTL, i'm consistently getting exposures that are at least 2 or 3 stops overexposed. I'll post a picture later tonight when I get home but it's getting maddening! Sure, I can dial it in better with manual mode but what's the point of PTTL if it can't even get in the ballpark!? lol
sumx4182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 18, 2014, 12:33 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
James Emory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bay City, MI
Posts: 2,378
Default

I think your white balance is off a little.
__________________
Olympus OMD-M5, HLG6 grip, Olympus 4/3rd 35mm macro lens, Panny/Leica 25mm, f1.4, Olympus 17mm, Canon Pro 9000 Mk II Printer, Canon MP990 Printer, Slik U212 Tripod, Manfrotto monopod, MMF3 converter.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 18, 2014, 2:39 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 263
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by James Emory View Post
I think your white balance is off a little.
You're nuts! It's spot on!
sumx4182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 19, 2014, 10:32 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Wigan, UK
Posts: 568
Default

On a more serious note: you shouldn't get so much light (+2/3) in pttl with flash on camera. Try resetting flash to factory settings (not sure how to do it with Sigma).

Off camera flash (wireless) in pttl doesn't work very well for me (metz 48 and K5II) constantly overexposes. But on camera or through pttl cable it works OK.
__________________
http://gfurm.smugmug.com

Pentax K-3 II, DA 50/1.8, Vivitar S1 105/2.5 macro, Tamron 70-200/2.8, Sigma 18-35/1.8 Art
gfurm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 19, 2014, 1:22 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 263
Default

Turns out that one of the connections in the hot shoe isn't making solid contact. If I pull back on the flash gently towards me, the connection is made and the PTTL works as advertised (for the most part). I'm going to try to clean the contacts and see if that helps. If not, I might remove the flash foot and see if I can eek a bit more length out of the contact. They retract anyway, so I don't see why they can't make them a little bit longer.
sumx4182 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 9:00 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Wigan, UK
Posts: 568
Default

maybe you pushing it too far onto hot shoe, it shouldn't be possible but who knows. It goes too far and one contact comes off the metal and on to plastic and you don't have pttl.
__________________
http://gfurm.smugmug.com

Pentax K-3 II, DA 50/1.8, Vivitar S1 105/2.5 macro, Tamron 70-200/2.8, Sigma 18-35/1.8 Art
gfurm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 12:42 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
James Emory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bay City, MI
Posts: 2,378
Default

Might also want to try connecting to the camera by a cord rather than hot shoe. That is if the flash has that capability.
__________________
Olympus OMD-M5, HLG6 grip, Olympus 4/3rd 35mm macro lens, Panny/Leica 25mm, f1.4, Olympus 17mm, Canon Pro 9000 Mk II Printer, Canon MP990 Printer, Slik U212 Tripod, Manfrotto monopod, MMF3 converter.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 8:27 AM.