Monday, June 25, 2007
Enlighten your photography with the illumination of accessory flash
Canon Speedlite 580EX II
Guide Number OF 190 feet / 58 meters at ISO 100
The Speedlite 580EX II flash updates Canon's 580EX, adding compatibility with Canon's new flagship camera, the EOS-1D Mark III, as well as a host of improvements, including 20 percent faster recycling, E-TTL operation for a variety of Canon cameras, an external metering sensor for non-TTL automatic flash exposure control, a metal hot-shoe for improved locking, and a PC socket for nondedicated slave triggers. The Speedlite 580EX II is fully compatible with all EOS SLRs. With sand- and moisture-resistant gasketing, it's an ideal solution for journalism or outdoor photography; 180 degrees of head swivel extends coverage. Estimated Street Price: $499.
Nikon SB-800 Speedlight
Guide Number OF 184 feet / 56 meters at ISO 100
The Advanced Wireless Lighting feature in the Nikon SB-800 Speedlight not only lets you use your primary flash as a master or off-camera unit, but also allows any number of SB-800s to be separated and correlated into four wireless groups, one master control group and three remotes. This means you can position multiple flashes and use them in a variety of ways. The majority of features for each group also is individually controllable from the master controller or can be run automatically through Nikon's i-TTL mode, which makes placement in hard-to-reach locations convenient. The FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) holds measurements and settings in place, much like the auto-exposure lock in a camera, and the modeling flash mode fires stroboscopic bursts of light for visual confirmation of lighting and shadows in a scene to aid in problematic lighting prevention before the shot is ever taken. Zoom coverage extends from 24mm to 105mm, and wide-angle coverage will begin at 17mm by using the built-in wide-flash adapter. Estimated Street Price: $335.
Metz 58 AF-1
Guide Number OF 191 feet / 58 meters at ISO 100
An array of features makes the Metz 58 AF-1 an attractive substitution for a native flash, including a built-in wide-angle diffuser, a fold-away reflector card for its horizontally swiveling and vertically tilting reflector, and an LCD display. The Metz 58 AF-1, while currently available only for Canon E-TTL, Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL and Nikon D-TTL cameras, features a built-in USB port for future firmware updates via the Internet, which means it could be coming soon to a camera near you. The integrated slave trigger unit also makes it compatible as a wireless solution for both the Nikon i-TTL and Canon E-TTL systems. Estimated Street Price: $375.
Guide Number OF 98 feet / 30 meters at ISO 100
The Samsung SEF-36PZ is a dedicated Samsung GX-series flash. It features A-TTL auto-flash, automatic and manual functioning, and wide-angle or catchlight panel diffusion. Wireless optical pulse synchronization works intuitively with the camera for off-camera shooting. The bounce fluctuates between -10 degrees and 90 degrees at five stops, and exposure compensation is adjustable in 1⁄2 steps from -3.0 to 1.0. Estimated Street Price: $330.
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