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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    Quote Originally Posted by CantikFotos View Post
    Check out the Yongnuo 560III or 560IV. They're cheap and powerful.
    have you ever used one?

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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    Quote Originally Posted by georgekushstanza View Post
    have you ever used one?
    It's hit-and-miss with those units; I bought one from B&H, they were $60, and the specs were very good on paper; I figured I could use it as a portable accent light, triggered by my monolights.
    The only problem was after about an hour of running it, the power stuck on maximum, and wouldn't budge.
    I found out this was a common problem with these flashes, so I sent it back.

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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Metz 45 is indeed great, wish mine didn't up and die a few months ago. Need to find another...
    Metz 50, 70 or 76 MZ~

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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    Here's my answer to puny on-camera flashes. Total cost of parts on Ebay about $40. Of course you need AC for outdoor locations, but I have an inverter in my vehicle. This is the Larson Soft Shoulder rig designed by Peter Gowland and no longer in production. It works great with hand held cameras of all kinds and can be set up left or right, horizontal and vertical. With a little re-working, I mounted a Norman LH2000 flash head and umbrella reflector for outputs of 50-2400WS from my Norman 24/24 power pack. I use a 50W modeling lamp bulb instead of the usual 150-250W.Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    Quote Originally Posted by georgekushstanza View Post
    have you ever used one?

    Yes, that's what I use now. Never had a problem. Friend of mine in Shanghai brought a couple over for $40US each. My Metz 58 died and they told me the didn't know what the problem was. So......
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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    Quote Originally Posted by CantikFotos View Post
    Yes, that's what I use now. Never had a problem. Friend of mine in Shanghai brought a couple over for $40US each. My Metz 58 died and they told me the didn't know what the problem was. So......
    what camera, lens, and film were you shooting with?

    could i get a shoe adapter to hold 2 flashes? just a pc sync cable splitter would be needed right?

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    Re: On camera flash suggestion for a 4x5 field camera

    I'm going to give you an oddball solution that I've tried myself and it works quite well. The goal of flash is to get it OFF the camera, to reduce red eye and also avoid the "flat" light look. Buy a pair of small flash triggers (I use Cybersyncs. Attach the trigger to the post on the Copal shutter. Attach the receiver to the flash. Attach the flash to your hat, using velcro. Yes, this works quite well.


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