Spotting light for YS-90DX
Posted 14 July 2002 - 10:45 PM
Can anybody advise on a good spotting light setup for night photography with the YS-90DX? Is a "rubber band" approach the way to go, or are there any better solutions around? And which make/model of torch might be suitable?
The camera is a Coolpix 995 - not the best low-light autofocus systems around, so I guess the choice of torch has to take this into consideration!
Posted 15 July 2002 - 08:54 PM
Posted 15 July 2002 - 10:37 PM
From your description, I guess I need an aiming light and not a spotting light!
Basically what I am after is a light to affix to the strobe in order to aim the strobe at the subject, and to give enough light for the camera to autofocus properly.
But a Princeton Tec headlight or somethimg similar would be useful anyway. Thanks for the tip.
Posted 16 July 2002 - 06:59 AM
Posted 16 July 2002 - 07:06 AM
Posted 17 July 2002 - 02:36 AM
That strobe attachement in the previous post looks handy but if your strobe isnt aimed at your center of focus (like in a wide angle shot) the aiming light won't help with your autofocus much.
Posted 17 July 2002 - 05:52 PM
I discovered quite a host of little problems which could be listed as:
1) As both hand were taken up with the camera I could not use the dive torch I had (stupdily) attached to my wrist.
I over came this by leaving the torch that was taped to the strobe on and used it as my dive light as well as aiming light.
2) I could not see any of the controls on the back of the strobe to do "bracketing" with the DX90.
3) I could see the buttons o the back of the PT10 from the faint light let off by the LCD but the screen at the top was un-seeable. Consequently I felt for program mode and left it there.(whether this had any use I am not sure)
4) All the movement of using the setup as the dive light moved the camera line out of sync with the aiming light - the PT10 with the counter weight seems prone to this slippage and consequently quite a few of the shots were out of frame.
5) Whilst my "aiming light" was great for seeing everything as a dive light - I could see very little in the LCD screen and a lot of guess work on framing ensued.
All in all I was quite impressed with some of the results - considering they were total luck - but was left with the impression that a head mounted light was a dfinite need if I try it again in the future - just to see what I am doing.