Thursday, January 27, 2011

Early bird catches the bug

New Pocket Wizards for Nikon cameras, promising HyperSync up to 1/500 and High Speed over radio all the way to 1/8000 have been driving me crazy these days. No high speed at all on the D3x, as it can be seen on this video:

I discussed the issue here with no success,

I also raised a case with PocketWizard, and they have been responsive and fast in replying. At the end, it seems an awkward bug,

"We've just discovered a bug that can cause the issue you've described with a D3x, so I'd like you to take a look at the following settings and confirm if you're seeing the same issue.

First, are you shooting with the D3x set to capture in RAW format?
Second, in the "Camera" icon menu of the Camera's menus, under NEF (RAW) Recording, what is the bit depth set to?

We've found that when the bit-depth is set to 14-bit, it appears to throw off the timings used in High Speed Sync and would cause the exact symptoms that you've described. If you change the setting to 12-bit, everything will work as designed.

Let me know if changing the bit-depth setting gets HSS working properly for you."

14 bit raw is how I shoot, so there it is. I hope that they can fix this with a new firmware release. Kudos to their support staff, not that much to their testing team.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Rock Drummer

Younger than Charlie Watts, stronger than John Bonham and with more rock&roll than Steve Ballmer, this promising all-terrain drummer was so kind to come to get portrayed for a company ad.

Elinchrom Quadra(s) with EzyBox 24" for the face, gridded for the sticks.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Muddy day

The dark and cloudy day allowed for f/5.6 - 1/60 in these pictures. Photek Softlighter to camera right, with the Elinchrom Quadra at nearly full power. ZF 50mm giving sharp and colourful pictures. For the last one, I resorted to f/4-1/125 as they moved away from the flash.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Handy Nikon CLS

I usually set the flash on manual mode. There are situations, mostly indoor, where you can resort to Nikon CLS. Over the sync speed, 1/250, and when using wide apertures are times where I resort to CLS.

For this picture, I set the remote SB-900 as a remote slave, directed to bounce on a curtain to camera left, f/2, and there you go.