SM Flashwaves - Cheap alternative to Pocke Wizard

Started Jan 28, 2008 | Discussions thread
John down under Veteran Member • Posts: 8,238
how about high speed sync?

Genes Pentax wrote:

mufutau55 wrote:

Could someone please enlighten a novice like me; in which situation
or circumstances will someone need 1/1000s sync to trigger a flash or
a strobe, because I think some camera like my Canon cannot only sync
like 1/250 anyway?. Pardon me for the stupid question, I am just
learning. Thanks.

I'm not sure whether many people need 1/1000s sync speed. It
certainly would be nice to be able to sync at that speed. But the
limitation, as you mentioned, is the camera, not the radio slave. I
don't know of any CAMERA that can sync at 1/1000s. Nikon D70 can
sync at 1/500. A $25,000 Hasselblad can sync at 1/800s..... but if
you can afford a Hasselblad then you probably can easily afford
Pocket Wizards.

Bottom line is that having a radio slave that can sync at 1/1000s is
great. But that's rather like having a set of tires with 200mph
rating on '71 VW Beetle with max speed of 80mph.

Gene, this whole thread is quite one-sided and your information has contributed to that imbalance by ignoring some common flash situations. I have no problem with people preferring Flahshwaves if they are the right tool for the job for those people. However, high speed sync is very common with flashguns and is one of the obvious reasons why anyone might want to sync at up to 1/1000 sec, althoug h even 1/250 sec sync speed of many cameras would be more useful than 1/180 sec. For anyone shooting in reaosonable light outside, the ability to sync a lot faster than 1/180 sec is a real issue.

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Cheers from John from Adelaide, South Australia
John Harvey Photography
Canon 40D, Canon 20D & Fuji F10

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