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In Topic: Guide number 22 or 32 and so many other things....

18 November 2015 - 05:48 AM

Definitely something to consider. Different cameras & strobes have different capabilities.

My strobes (ys110) have 12 steps - they go from a GN of 22 down to a GN of 2. I never use them at the lowest power setting. I also tend to shoot at ISO 80.


The Inon-s also have 11 or 12 steps, but each step is 1/2 stop. I see that the YS-110 appears to have 1/2 stops on the low end and full stops on the bright end. But if I'm reading it right, probably does go 1-2 stops further down. 

I would love to shoot at ISO 80 or 100, but the Olympus mirrorless (at least the one I have) cannot go below ISO 200.

In Topic: Guide number 22 or 32 and so many other things....

17 November 2015 - 05:31 PM

You can't turn strobes down "as low as you want" in manual. My Inons have about 6 stops worth of settings. Considering that with the strobe set on f/4 and the camera on ISO 200 with f/22, the exposure is perfect for close focus macro, that means that reducing the strobes the further 2.5 stops that they allow (down to f/1.7), the camera comes in at about f/9 to maintain that exposure. After that, I have to start playing with edge light to further reduce the power.  Or I need to get the partially opaque -1.5 diffuser.

In Topic: Guide number 22 or 32 and so many other things....

16 November 2015 - 07:18 AM

For macro, I would definitely go with the lower powered strobes. I have the EPL-5 which I use with Inon strobes (similar guide #) and to some extent, those strobes are already too powerful. I find it very difficult to use open apertures (f/4 say) with closeup subjects to get that narrow depth of field. The EPL-5 makes this even more challenging with a base ISO of 200. I assume your EPL-3 shares this.


Also, a physically smaller strobe is easier to use for macro.


Just my two cents.

In Topic: Canon g16 settings

20 August 2015 - 06:36 AM

Take a look here: http://www.uwphotogr...rwater-settingsThat is mostly what I did with the G15.


I set up C1 for macro (including the lens zoom that gave the best magnification with some reasonable working distance, 13 cm or so as I recall). I setup up C2 for action wide-angle. 1/125s, fast f/stop, widest zoom setting, and auto-ISO


Do you have an external strobe? That would definitely change what you use for Macro.

In Topic: New Olympus lenses 7-14 and 8mm vs 9-18

14 August 2015 - 01:29 PM

Ps: a quick hack to improve corner sharpness in the 9-18 is to mount a +2 dry diopter, preferably achromatic, on the lens inside the dome. Canon makes one, and the price isn't too bad.

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Nice tip. Does this work inside the Zen dome or is there not enough room?