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10-14-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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Fastest flash duration + flash power

I do a fair amount of action stopping flash photography, and the 540 just doesnt cut it. I was wondering if anyone knows of a flash that has a fast flash duration but still puts out alot of light? Maybe an older potatoe masher? I don't care about p-ttl I shoot mostly in manual anyway.

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potato mashers (Metz) have a slowwww flash duration because they're used for weddings.

Look at Elinchrom Rangers...
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Depend on your budget maybe you should look into studio pack/head systems like Hansel, Elinchrome, Profoto, Dynalite etc. to get real power with short flash duration.
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Short duration flash + high power output = a lot of money $$$$$

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Sunpak 611

The least costly powerful flash to get is the Sunpak 611.

This big bad unit has the GN of 160 (ft, at 100 ISO) at 35mm focal length (35mm format) FOV.

It is inexpensive because of its simplicity: no zoom head, no tilt, no swivel. But it is powerful and built like a tank.

Manual power can be set from full down to 1/128, which is great.

KEH has it for about $60.

Have you thought of using more than one flash unit at the same time?
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Syncing multiple flashes would lengthen the effective flash duration unless it was one pack powering multiple heads.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenyee Quote
potato mashers (Metz) have a slowwww flash duration because they're used for weddings.

Look at Elinchrom Rangers...

Those are really nice. Out of my range at this point. That is what I need though.
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I've mounted 2 540's on a bracket and used them at 1/4 power with some success. Kind of a bulky set-up though. Plus I had each one running off a tr3 power pack. Does anyone know the REAL flash duration of a 540 at full power?

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