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Sunpak 544 with Crown Graphic

 
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Barney



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Location: Lewistown, Montana

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Everyone: This is my first post.
I have a 1967 4 x 5 Crown and am considering attaching a Sunpak 544 Electronic Flash with PC sync to the 150 Xenar. Suggestions or advice is sought. I am concerned about shadows as the Sunpak will sit a few inches higher but off to the left side of the lens. As anyone ever used this particular flash or other Modern Electronic flashes with their Graphic?
Regards to All.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, with this good old vintage equipment that places the flash on a bracket either to the the left or right of the lens, you'll have shadows if the background is close enough to show one. Whether it be a modern or not-so-modern electronic flash, the result is the same. Some people install a shoe on the camera just above the lens to accomodate the flash...or, you can use bounce flash off the ceiling to eliminate the harsh shadows and get a softer look. Fred,
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Les



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2003 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fred's right as usual. Be it a Sunpack, Metz, Norman or a Graflite with a Press 25 flash bulb, if you point the flash at the subject you'll get shadows.

Now the old flash bulb with the highly polished reflector gave a very contrasty, specular light, which have the appearance of the image being sharper (the analog version of the sharpening button in Photoshop)

The other flash units, not being quite so specular (or spectacularly bright as the press 25) give a slightly softer tone to the shadows, but they will be visible, say shadow of the nose on the cheek.

You can try bouncing the flash off the ceiling, gettng one of those plastic bounce reflectors or put some sort of light diffusion screen in front the flash.

Now you've got nice, soft light, just not a whole lot of it. You can easily lose 1 to 2 stops with bounce cards and diffusion. Now the guide number that was a respectable 220 is at 160 or even 110.

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45PSS



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2003 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all depends on how well or creatively you use the 544.
I use a Metz 45-CT5 (on occasion) and I like it full bracket length from the body(side RF Speed or Super Speed), and it's height; judging the bounce angle with the tilt head requires a little pratice, and when you get it right, the results are YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
Charles

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Barney



Joined: 16 Jul 2003
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Location: Lewistown, Montana

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2003 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replys. I fixed the shadow problem. I purchased a Stroboframe Pro-SQ. A Metal bracket that puts the Sunpak 544 right above the lens. It also is adustable up and down for quite a bit. Bye Bye shadows. It will also be used on two other cameras of Meduim Format. The Guide number on the Sunpak 544 is 138 at ASA 100. I gave $209.00 new for the 544. It has Auto and Manual with rotating and tilting head. Came with a diffuser also.
Best regards to all: Barney
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