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    Re: Weegee fact or? 1/200 with flashbulbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Galli View Post
    Weegee could waste lumens and photons like crazy. He had a formula that worked, and the rest could go to waste.
    One would learn from experience how to settle on their own flash method. So what if a shutter is open for less time than the flash duration? With as much light as those flashbulbs output one might only need a portion of the flash duration to properly expose a sheet of film. Especially at less than 15 feet away (look at those old photos, prone man 5 feet from the camera, crowd 15 feet away). Then tailor film speed and developing to that normal exposure. Once dialed in it's the same again and again.

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    Re: Weegee fact or? 1/200 with flashbulbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Lobato View Post
    [...]Then tailor film speed and developing to that normal exposure. Once dialed in it's the same again and again.
    Hah. Weegee tailoring his development? From the trunk of his car or home? I think not.

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    Re: Weegee fact or? 1/200 with flashbulbs?

    It's not about wasting or conserving lumens. It's about knowing how many lumens the film sees. That's done mostly with exposure settings; not so much with processing mods.

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    Re: Weegee fact or? 1/200 with flashbulbs?

    I don't recall any of my pre WW2 shutters having sync posts.
    Wilhelm (Sarasota)

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    Re: Weegee fact or? 1/200 with flashbulbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill_1856 View Post
    I don't recall any of my pre WW2 shutters having sync posts.
    True, I have the same memory/observation... but why is that an impediment?

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    Re: Weegee fact or? 1/200 with flashbulbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    True, I have the same memory/observation... but why is that an impediment?
    Yea, the earlier solenoid systems were the standard, but the later delay sync shutters could be dialed in for different delays for different types of lamps... But most of the delay shutters sync had to be cocked, adding an extra step while fast shooting... And firing the flash from the flashholder made the condition of the sync contacts less critical, and less dependent of contact problems from cords, etc transferring enough low current from some batteries to reliably fire a bulb (but enough to trip the solenoid)... I'm sure there were photogs that were for or against each system...

    At least sync triggering was later appreciated when early strobes came along, and if they had X sync, they were good to go...

    Steve K

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