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Olympus E-620/600 An Olympus 12.1MP mid-range compact DSLR, the E-620 and the feature-reduiced version, the E-600.

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Off Camera Flash

Hello All,
I have just bought myself 3 flash guns and some wireless triggers off Ebay... I will be using them on a E600 in manual mode...

Cobra D400
Sunpak Auto 28SR
Wotan Servo SC18 (Slave Flash)
4 CHANNEL WIRELESS FLASH trigger+2 RECEIVERS
( All for 44 )

Has anyone used any of these flashes ? and any tips on how i should use them ?
Also would they be safe attached to the hotshoe ?
I am a complete novice with flashes, and not to experienced with the camera
I was going to use them for portraites, Still life etc...

Any addvice would be gratefully received...

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Re: Off Camera Flash

There are quite a few threads running in this forum on that topic at present so have a search

Here are a couple of links

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12105

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=11628

Main 1st thing - the guns will not be metered by your camera so you have to set the power manually or use an auto setting in the guns to get the right amount to light onto the subject.

Remember it's flash to subject distance that matters NOT subject to camera

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Re: Off Camera Flash

I don't know anything about the flashes you mention but you need to be aware that flashes present a DC "sync" voltage across their trigger connectors. This voltage will be presented to the camera if you were to fit them to the camera's hotshoe.

However, you say you intend to use these with a wireless system so there is no physical connection between camera and flashes and hence no problem voltage wise.

You should check the following:

1. That the wireless system is compatible with the E-600.
2. The maximum "sync" voltage the wireless receivers can handle.
3. The "sync" voltages of the flashes and that they are not greater than 2 above.

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Lightbulb Re: Off Camera Flash

As with all new things start small - One flash at a time (keep in mind that there is only one sun in the sky)

A 5 in 1 reflector is worth its weight in gold (which, incidentialy, is one of the colours )

read:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

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Re: Off Camera Flash

Thanks All,
Been reading up and think i understand, can't wait for the flashes to arrive. All coming from different people... Just one thing though, will the e600 use a pre-flash ? and if so can i switch this off ?

Steve
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Re: Off Camera Flash

Hi.

If you use the triggers / receivers then there will be no pre-flash from you camera because the trigger will be sat in the hot shoe. But if you want to turn the flash off anyway as I have you can do this in the menu section.

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Re: Off Camera Flash

Hey Graham

I notice in your flickr that you have done a shoot with the London strobist guys. How was it? I really do want to do something with them, but I feel a bit intimidated. Would be nice to pitch up with a friendly face

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Re: Off Camera Flash

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Hey Graham

I notice in your flickr that you have done a shoot with the London strobist guys. How was it? I really do want to do something with them, but I feel a bit intimidated. Would be nice to pitch up with a friendly face

David,

Like so many things, you just have to "Go for it". These shoots are quite hard to get on as they fill up quickly. I can't make the Jan 15th shoot but shall be looking out for the next one.

Best to register and keep an eye out (I'll let you know if I spot one)

I keep thinking of getting a shoot together on this site, as we havn't had a group meetup for a long time. It depends a lot on what people want to do.

As for my face being "friendly"

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