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  1. spicychicken

    spicychicken TPF Noob!

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    ook.. i have a minolta x-300 with a vivitar auto thyristor 2800 (whatever the hell that means) that connects to my hotshoe and i have no idea how to use it! what do i set for my shutter speed to take into account the extra burst of light? if i put it on the auto setting, will it recognize the flash and compensate?

    the flash has asa and din information on the back of it with fstops but i don't understand it very much :( how sad. can you clue me in a little bit?
     
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    A flash with an auto thyristor is pretty easy to operate.

    First find out your camera's x-sync speed. That is the fastest shutter speed that will work with a flash. Usually it's around 1/60 to 1/125 with a focal plane shutter.

    Now you put your camera into manual mode and set the shutter speed to the sync speed or slower. Set the same f-stop on the flash and on the camera.

    When you take a shot, the flash will read the reflected light and quench it's output when it thinks there is enough light to expose for the selected f-stop. You can adjust the shutter speed to control how much ambient light you capture. A longer shutter speed will expose more background, typically.

    Flash photography can be pretty confusing so you may want to do some reading.
     
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    thanks :D
     

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