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XDV  (D 587)

Jan 22, 2003, 11:00 AM
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I was wondering if lots of people are jumping with a flash to get better exposure....

thks for your comments

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Premier quade  (D 22635)
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Jan 22, 2003, 11:04 AM
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People jump with flash all the time. Just open up a copy of Parachutist and I think you'll see pleanty of photos from folks that use it as a fill or for back-lit shots.


XDV  (D 587)

Jan 22, 2003, 11:08 AM
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Thks quade that's what I tought because the color are so bright, I was planning to mount a flash on my helmet but I like to ask a bit before doing something doesn't worth the price and time of installation.

any advice on brand, or spec to check while buy a flash, I'm jumping an OES Rebel 200

thks


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Jan 22, 2003, 11:20 AM
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Actually, I don't have any specific recommendations for flash as I don't normally have much of a need and haven't done it a lot.

I know one camera flyer that just uses the flash built into the camera. Crappy cycle times, kinda hit-n-miss and eats batteries like crazy.

I know another well known camera flyer that has a separate flash hooked into a Quantum brick. Much better on the cycle time, much more reliable and obviously doesn't affect the battery life of the camera at all, but he wears the brick on his body and has yet another cable going up to his helmet in order to do this. I just don't like that concept, but I guess ya gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes. This camera flyer, O.B. (aka Craig O'Brien), maybe you've seen about a jillion of his pictures in Parachutist, he takes the most incredible balloon and helicopter shots of anyone that I know. Obviously, flash is very helpful in those two specific regimes.


XDV  (D 587)

Jan 22, 2003, 11:36 AM
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I just make some phone call, and I will go to see in store. The guy told me I can get a external flash with rechergeable pack that will be able to do the 24 exposure in 45 sec. without problem. The extension cable and the flash kit is almost 500$ canadian

and no need to have external power pack everything built in the flash so everything on the helmet, that is more safe in case of cutaway


(This post was edited by XDV on Jan 22, 2003, 11:43 AM)


newshooter12  (D 29298)

Jan 22, 2003, 11:48 AM
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do yourself a huge favor and once you get it cut the cable down by taking out a part in the middle somewhere. Then buy the appropriate quick connectors from Radio Shack and reattach. You'll have two different lengths in the same cord if you buy two pairs of connectors.Cool
A camera flyer I know would rap all the excess cord around his video mount. It made me cringe... even before I knew how bad snag hazards where.Pirate
matt


r2hubert  (D 26138)

Jan 22, 2003, 2:22 PM
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So there is people that jump and use the built in flash. I use a Rebel 2000 and I was afraid to try using the flash, because I wasn't if it's strong enough. I have the feeling it will be ripped off the camera with the wind. Don't you think?


Deuce  (D 25597)

Jan 22, 2003, 2:27 PM
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Renaud, on the N70 the bracket that lifts the flash up you can put a toothpick through it to hold it all the way open. I think the problem with them is they blow shut, so you have to brace the little popup flash in the open position or it can chatter.


r2hubert  (D 26138)

Jan 22, 2003, 2:41 PM
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That's funny I didn't thought about that, like I said I was more afraid that the popup flash break with the wind. I guess I will try to find a way to reinforce it and prevent it to blow shut. Smile
Thanks


tonyhathaway  (D 13263)

Jan 23, 2003, 8:03 AM
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I use the nikon SB28 flash and use the PC sync cable. it is a very thin short cable so you don't need the giant coil cable that come with some of the hot shoe mounts. It makes it all manual, but if you're flashing a formation you usually don't need any thing auto as sometimes you need lots of power.
I have many jumps with a flash and this is the only one I've used in the last 5 years. It is great for a consumer type flash.-Tony


jdhill  (D License)

Jan 23, 2003, 8:58 AM
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I took this shot with a Canon 550EX... Flash is nice for sunset loads and underneith shots.

Josh
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Deuce  (D 25597)

Jan 23, 2003, 10:37 AM
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Josh, is that flash a big separate job with a synch cable? Are the batteries in it, or are you mounting up a separate battery pack.

Great photo!


tonyhathaway  (D 13263)

Jan 23, 2003, 11:58 AM
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This shot was done withe the D60 and Nikon SB28 flash& PC sync cable. Batteries in the flash. It makes you wait for the photo, & sometimes the photo is at the wrong time, but with some practice you can get away with only having X amount of flashes per jump. I used to use a bantam external battery pack, then decided to just go with fresh batteries nearly each time up.


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jdhill  (D License)

Jan 23, 2003, 1:57 PM
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In reply to:
is that flash a big separate job with a synch cable?

Yes. Its big, but not that big.

In reply to:
Are the batteries in it, or are you mounting up a separate battery pack.

Right now I'm just using the internal batteries, but I am looking at externals to see if it gives me better recycle times.

Josh


cameramonkey  (D 24467)

Jan 26, 2003, 8:36 PM
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In reply to:
So there is people that jump and use the built in flash. I use a Rebel 2000 and I was afraid to try using the flash, because I wasn't if it's strong enough. I have the feeling it will be ripped off the camera with the wind. Don't you think?

Interesting. I didnt think the rebel 2000 had a fill flash option? Auto flash yes, but not fill. I could be wrong...


"I'm never wrong. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken"


XDV  (D 587)

Jan 27, 2003, 9:14 AM
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yes, it's possible just got all the info this weekend, you need the flash and an extension cord, and I can send you the info about the flash.

it can do also the 24 exposure in the 40 second without problem with full charge batt (only 4 bat AA)

it cost 450$ canadian for the kit


freeflyanvil  (B 4374)

Jan 27, 2003, 3:08 PM
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>>it cost 450$ canadian for the kit

Thats like 30 bucks U.S.Crazy



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