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High Speed Sync with Fuji XT-1 and Nissin?
So, imagine being able to do HSS with a Nissin flash. Well, no need for imagination. Just do it. So, the trick to this is it has to have a TTL connection between the camera and the flash. You can direct connect it to the shoe (bleh) or use a Canon cable, wh...

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I think this about sums it up. Keeping it? Yeah, for sure!

#fuji   #fujifilm  

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A different experimental  blog. Sucks for pictures, but everything else is easy peasy. Oh, and the latest article may be helpful for Nikon flash owners with Fuji X cameras.

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Fujifilm X-T1 users that have old Nikon flashes, take note. You can use Auto Flash Mode for quick pics. The Angry Photographer over on YouTube mentioned this in a video, so I thought I would expand and share. 

If you have a Nikon flash capable of Auto Mode, all the way back to the SB-24's, 28's and more, they should work. I think SB-600's won't and maybe a few others, sorry. I've only personally tested my SB-910, and none of the others. I'm not sure if this will work with other brands. It basically let's the flash figure out what the exposure is.

The way auto mode works and the way we used to do things, back in the day, before TTL, was use Auto Mode and I've forgotten about it, is the flash will fire, the light bounces back and hits a sensor on the front of the flash and it shuts it off when it thinks it is exposed correctly. It actually works quite well. You're camera just needs to fire the flash, either on the hot shoe, cable or a remote dumb trigger. If experimenting, just be careful of really old 3rd party flashes. Make sure the sync voltage won't burn out your camera. They used to be quite high. I wouldn't put my Vivitar 285HV on the show, for fear of that very thing. It may be fine, but I won't take a chance. 

Basically, if you put the flash on Auto Mode, set the ISO and the f-stop to match the camera. Zoom can be set also, but I just keep it near where I'm shooting. Note the distance scale and keep within that measurement. I've found that you don't have to be 100% accurate with the f-stop, however closer the better. You can adjust with the compensation also on the flash if needed. I find it is pretty darn accurate. 

From there, all you have to do is trigger the flash. It can be on the camera, cable or a trigger. Of course, you want to shoot Manual or Aperture priority to keep the camera aperture from changing on you. Just as in shooting manual, the distance scale is flash to subject. It doesn't matter where the camera is. It even seems to handle bounce fairly well. 

There's a lot more tech stuff that can be talked about, but I'm trying to keep this simple. Experiment and let me know how it goes. Of course, if you have the time to set up, Manual Mode rules!

BTW, an X-T1 looks pretty funny with an SB-910 sitting on top of it!

#fujifilm   #fujifilmxt1   #flash   #strobist   #nikon  
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Another short and sweet review on the Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4 lens. 

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Quick and dirty comments about the #fujifilm  X-T1 after a couple weeks of use. Still like it. Still using it. Haven't gone back to the DSLR, yet. Losing HSS off camera is kind of making me think hard about this. I may be doing an outdoor shoot in a few weeks, so I have a feeling I will have to roll back to the #Nikon . I hate ND's...

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Well, if anyone is interested, here's my little write up of what I think of the #fujifilm  X-T1. 

Few hours with the Fujifilm X-T1 and I have a few observations. Pure text and no pics worth posting yet. 

First impression is it's nice and small. Almost too small. I'm pretty sure I'll get the battery grip soon. My fingers hang off the bottom and I don't feel like I'm going to drop it, but it's not as comfy as my Nikon DSLR. I will probably get used to it, but for now, it's tiny! 

Will need to get used to the button placement, especially the one for back button focusing. It's a little awkward to get to and it messes with my hold on the camera when I use it. 

Everyone talks about the build quality and although nice, the knobs, especially for shutter speed seem imprecise. Don't get me wrong, they are not bad, but again, my Nikon feels more precise. 

Okay, the negatives are pretty much over now. Love the way the focus assists work, once I figured them out. Peaking and magnification is great. The EVF is huge! It is strange not seeing through the lens, but again, I'll get used to it. 

The quick menu is awesome. I customized the hell out of it already and I'll fine tune it over time. That combined with all the buttons you can customize, this little guy can be personalized quite a bit. 

Took some test shots and am quite impressed. Even in low light and high ISO, the noise level is quite low and when it does show up, it is actually much less distracting to me. That X-Trans sensor is pretty darn nice. The photo's are also very sharp. 18-55mm 2.8-4.0 kit lens is as nice as they say. Very happy with it. 

I haven't delved much into the fancy things it can do, yet. But I did play with some accessories. 

I also bought a Fotodiox Pro Lens Adapter and it works great on my G and D lenses. No problems in any of the test shots. I will once again praise the focusing aides for helping my old, tired eyes. 

I haven't played with the Nissin i40 yet. It was missing the Stofen, so I just packed it up and Amazon is overnighting me another flash. I'll play with that tomorrow. 

Speaking of flash. The cute little one that comes with the camera is actually quite good. It's comparable to my SB-910 (on 1/16 power)! It's portable as hell and is great for snapshot pictures. 

Is it a keeper? So far, heck yes! 

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Super stoked! I'll be draining some batteries going through this guy figuring it out :o)
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Ordering this week! Woot! My wife rocks :o)

Getting a Nikon to X adapter and the Nissin flash also. Going to my hometown, Key West soon to try it out. Hoping for good things. Still taking my DSLR, but hoping I can eventually move away from it completely. 
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