Flash problems

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by hallk2342, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. hallk2342

    hallk2342 TPF Noob!

    Jan 9, 2006
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    First I hate flashes, I am not used to them.

    I have a 544 sunpak and shooting with a Pentax 67 Where I thought the settings on the camera must be set on X but what is the F stop supposed to be on? There is a dot right next to 2.8 so I set my F stop on that. My negatives where highly overexposed. This was a test trial. I shot ten images ranging from intensity of the flash. can I close down my fstop to say f 11 and get better results?
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2003
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    Welcome to the forum.

    You are right about the X, that is the fastest shutter speed you can use...although you can use a slower shutter speed if you want...but that won't affect the exposure from the flash.

    Does your flash have an F-stop or power setting? How about an ISO setting?
    Does that flash have an auto thyristor?

    Yes, closing down to F11 might help...but without knowing what the flash is doing, it's hit and miss. If you know the Guide Number of the flash, you could manually calculate the setting based upon subject distance.

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