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Using the Better Beamer Flash Extender

Didereaux

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Have been trying this for a couple of months off and on. It takes some tweaking and experimenting, but looks to be a worthwhile addition for the type of shooting I do i.e. a lot of small birds in the bushes and bad lighting in general. First I use this with the flash set to high speed synch. This allows me to use shutter speeds necessary for these twitchy subjects 1/500+ and more often 1/1000 or more. This reduces the power(lumens) of the flash, but can't be helped. The extender is advertised to add +2 stops to your flash. definitely adds more than one. Another thing is that they recommend setting your flash at 50mm or less to avoid 'spot-lighting'. This I have found not necessary for shooting small subjects that you need to crop anyway. With the plus that setting your flash to longer mm extends the range quite a bit. Enough that it compensates for shooting with Hi-speed synch set. So here is the setup. I used for this shoot. Although this used a tri-pod, I have used the extender handheld with good results as well. All depends on circumstances.

the setup
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the extender itself
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and some quicky shots out the door early this morning. The extender allowed me to use 400 ISO @ ~1/640 instead of the default 3200 ISO without. So these things make a large improvement on the quality of the shots.
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this shot shows the spot-lighting when using long mm on your flash...also the red-eye that occurs. To eliminate that you would need to move the flash quite a ways off the camera. By radio or cord. Distance was ~30'.
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