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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Quote Originally Posted by DrTang View Post
    wait..if I shot 50asa

    then it would be 60th at f16 or 250 at f8 with a fill of f5.6


    that could work..or it makes more ringflashes theoretically available
    I drink too much coffee to handhold a view camera at 1/60th

    I guess without making it an academic discussion, you'll have to buy one and try. Anticipate some loss from the ring itself, hopefully you'll have enough depth of field for the given output power.
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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Why not just rent a couple from Samy's and see which works best for you?

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostcount View Post
    I drink too much coffee to handhold a view camera at 1/60th
    crud..you're right..back to 200/250 at f11... which means asa100 film


    this is all B&W btw..so color temp consistency is not an issue.. and quality of light is not much of one either..I just need something to fill in the noon sky shadows some

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Why not just rent a couple from Samy's and see which works best for you?

    samys only has the profoto one..which is nice.. but pretty big and then you got that huge battery thing too

    I might just strap my Qflash to the top of the rig and call it a day

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Quote Originally Posted by DrTang View Post
    ..I just need something to fill in the noon sky shadows some
    I'm not sure if you're aware but if you're going to shoot portraits but ring flashes will give you circular specular highlights
    in the subjects eyes. A regular on camera type flash mounted below the front standard bouncing off a reflector card would probably work
    if you're just needing fill, smaller and and a lot easier to schlep.
    For what it's worth I own a Alien Bees ring light and they're huge and deep, not sure if their Zeus/ White Lighting is shallower
    I usually use mine as a normal strobe mounted on a arm. I get a good work out when hand holding it with a DSLR attached.

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Well if you are open to other types of modifiers maybe this could work...



    http://petapixel.com/2012/05/21/diy-...g-solo-shoots/

    You are already lugging a 4x5 for street photography (assuming that's what it's for). Cool factor is relative.
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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Can you use a worklight/brooding light bowl. It won't be ringflash, it'll be better; Mortensen's basic lighting!

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    I'm not sure about using a ringlight for portraits... The (I forget the term) for the facial highlight structure where the outlines and the raised curves on a face look odd to me with a ringlight for my taste... (not natural) And the catchlights in the eyes have that "doughnut hole" look...

    I just use a 20" white solid reflector with the white cover cap over the flashtube for simple people lighting with a studio strobe... (Usually just needs to be close to and slightly over the lens...) And choke the light output back if only used for fill...

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    Quote Originally Posted by ghostcount View Post
    Well if you are open to other types of modifiers maybe this could work...



    http://petapixel.com/2012/05/21/diy-...g-solo-shoots/

    You are already lugging a 4x5 for street photography (assuming that's what it's for). Cool factor is relative.

    Yeah..this was actually my first idea..kinda


    and what I did one year is double super-clamp a pole to the tripod that held my Qflash head and a small softbox - but that rig was frankensteined to a hand golf cart with wheels

    I was hoping to go monopod set up... so I might end up clamping a super-clamp to the monopod holding a light rod with a lighter flash on that.. to get off slightly camera axis fill


    I'll mess around with that this weekend if I can


    note: I'm not sure I would mind the detail-less flat frontal fashion ringlight look.. street photography doesn't have to be 'gritty'

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    Re: ringflash suggestions??

    In all honest at 5' in order for ring flash to be of any use it has to be pretty darn big. You much better off with just using two shoo through umbrellas and two portable flashes - at iso 100 you should get f8 easily and also would have hell of the lot more flexibility in lighting scenarios

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