Monday, June 25, 2007
Enlighten your photography with the illumination of accessory flash
Guide Number OF 164 feet / 50 meters at ISO 100
Designed to be interchangeable in the Olympus E-series of digital cameras, the FL-50 functions with automatic TTL modes, auto and manual modes, as well as a variety of shutter modes, such as slow-sync and second-curtain, for experimentation with a wide selection of scenarios. The FL-50 contains its own AF illuminator, which extends the camera's autofocus reach (from 7m to 10m in the Olympus E-1), and flash intensity can be controlled at 1⁄3 EV steps. The head swivels 180 degrees both ways and offers bounce capabilities from -7 to 90 degrees. The built-in diffuser can be used to relax light levels for wide-angle close-up coverage or to diffuse typical shots. Estimated Street Price: $400.
Sigma EF-500 Super DG
Guide Number OF 165 feet / 50 meters at ISO 100
Designed for high-end compatibility with a variety of camera models, including Canon's EOS series with E-TTL II operation, Nikon's i-TTL series, Pentax's P-TTL series, Sigma's own S-TTL series, and ADI TTL operation with Sony/Minolta, the EF-500 Super DG offers many of the features of a dedicated system flash, but at a lower price. The projection angle of the flashlight automatically matches the focal length of the lens, ranging from 28mm at wide-angle to 105mm at medium-telephoto. The included diffuser whittles illumination down to 17mm wide capability. The modeling flash mode provides light distribution to check shadow illumination prior to the shot. A multi-pulse (stroboscopic effect) feature enables reduced power settings, and the flash head can be tilted from 90 degrees straight up to -7 degrees down. High-speed sync and wireless ADI TTL features are supported with compatible cameras. Estimated Street Price: $250.
Guide Number OF 100 feet / 30 meters at ISO 100
Dedicated to the top-selling Canon E-TTL II series (including the Digital Rebel XTi), the Nikon i-TTL series (including the D40) and the Sony ADI series (including the A100), Sunpak's PF30X offers an affordable alternative to the big boys. The PF30X is smaller, weighing in at seven ounces, but still features a five-position zero-to-90-degree bounce head, an autofocus assist for low-light shooting, and three overexposure and three underexposure compensation levels. The PF30X can be powered by two NiMH, NiCd or alkaline AA batteries for a variety of charges and recycle times. Estimated Street Price: $129.
|Canon | (800) OK-CANON||www.usa.canon.com|
|Metz (Bogen Imaging) |
|Nikon | (800) NIKON-UX||www.nikondigitalusa.com|
|Olympus | (888) 553-4448||www.olympusamerica.com|
|Panasonic | (800) 211-PANA||www.panasonic.com|
|Pentax | (800) 877-0155||www.pentaximaging.com|
|Quantum Instruments |
|Samsung Electronics |
|Sigma | (800) 896-6858||www.sigma-photo.com|
|Sony | (800) 222-SONY ||www.sonystyle.com|
|Sunpak (ToCAD America) |
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