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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 11-04-2017, 05:42 PM  
For Sale: Christmas Gift Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 27
Views: 1,792
These are great! Would love a K1000!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-26-2017, 07:26 PM  
Kaptivating K-Mount Traveling K1000
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 287
Views: 37,802
I'm excited to get my turn! Looks like it could be a long time though...
Forum: Sold Items 05-24-2017, 08:59 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Like New Pentax 43mm Limited Great Price!
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 2
Views: 500
messaging :-)
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 04-20-2017, 07:50 PM  
For Sale: FF AF lenses: FA 28, 50/1.4, 1.7, F 50/1.7, FA 24-50, 28-70/4, 75-300
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 62
Views: 11,158
Sending PM now for 77
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-13-2017, 09:28 AM  
Kaptivating K-Mount Traveling K1000
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 287
Views: 37,802
Wow! Hope the guy is okay....
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-02-2017, 11:42 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
I hope someone replies to your question. I LOVE my AD360, so glad for the advice received here. I have two big jobs now that I am confident I will be able to light properly now. I haven't found the softbox I like just yet, but using it with a reflective parabolic or a shoot through umbrella both produced excellent results. Winters are long here in Ohio and I am doing some school pictures the next couple of weeks, on location, that I probably would have passed on before due to my lack of proper lighting equipment.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-05-2017, 02:46 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
I actually did not go with the XT32--I went with the older XT16 and the AD360 light. Have only used it a couple of times, but so far I am pretty impressed. The recycle time is crazy fast, not sure how I'll ever go back now! No problem with the unit waking up, but not sure that was an issue with the XT16. All is well in my world.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-01-2017, 08:49 AM  
Summer Sunset
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 7
Views: 265
This one tells a story--nominate
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-01-2017, 08:40 AM  
Trees Make the Best Company
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 1
Views: 88
Quiet place at sunset
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-27-2017, 08:43 AM  
Pentax HSS with Cactus V6ii and Godox Ving 850 Flash - Success
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 34
Views: 4,010
That is excellent news. I guess there is not a manual (single pin) tx available in the Flashpoint R2 line? But if taping the pins off works, then we are all the better. Pentaxians are nothing if not resourceful.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-26-2017, 01:55 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
Were you able to turn off the sleep feature? If so, then it shouldn't matter that it won't wake up. Does it have a meaningful impact on battery life if the sleep feature is disabled?

---------- Post added 01-26-17 at 01:57 PM ----------


The XT32 is much more like the XT16, which I think is pretty easy to operate. I just received mine and I am excited to put it to work.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-23-2017, 08:59 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
I've watched several videos of Pentax users who mounted the FT16 on a new cactus and got HSS, but I would love to see if anyone has achieved that with the newer 2.4 Ghz equipment (X1 or XT-32). I almost went that way but adorama only had the canon version available and I wanted a nikon (a friend has a Nikon so we could play around and compare notes). In the end an ND filter is a more reasonable fix for me,

I went with the AD360 because the sale price was so great and included the power pack, transmitter and rx. I decided to add a Li-on flash or two for rim lighting, etc. as finances allow. I have a big job coming up in March--school photos for a small private school--and the AD360 will be perfect for that.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-21-2017, 09:21 PM  
Pentax HSS with Cactus V6ii and Godox Ving 850 Flash - Success
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 34
Views: 4,010
I'm assuming you are referring to gear acquisition syndrome, not bad sushi...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-21-2017, 09:17 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
I get what you're saying, but then again, two lights mean two stands, two modifiers, brackets, etc. One streaklight is still lighter travel than 2-3 speedlights. You went with two streaklights?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-21-2017, 04:21 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
Did I read right that you just purchase the AD360? Did you get the Flashpoint version or Godox? Did you go with the 433 kHz (flashpoint is R1) or the newer 2.4 ghz/R2? I spoke to another Adorama rep who couldn't help me with my multi light set up question, so think I'm going to get the older 360 which is on sale, along with a cactus v6ii. It seems like forum members are saying they are getting comparable coverage from the 360 as what I might get from two speed lights. This makes my studio more portable. Would you agree?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-20-2017, 09:16 AM  
Pentax HSS with Cactus V6ii and Godox Ving 850 Flash - Success
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 34
Views: 4,010
This is pretty exciting. Has anyone managed to recreate this set up with the new 2.4 GHZ equipment? The triggers are different of course.

Also, has anyone been able to do this with both AD360 and Godox speedlights in a 3 light (or more) set up?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-19-2017, 12:27 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
howieB your link to cactus didn't work, I would really like to read that post though
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-19-2017, 07:28 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
At this point I would say Adorama doesn't want my business. I've yet to get someone who can answer my questions. The first person told me the wronf thing, then customer service directed me to a lighting expert who would call me back in 10 minutes but never called, got left on hold indefinitely then cut off, shuffled around, and frankly I'm doubting my judgment in going with them at all.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-17-2017, 10:32 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
Thanks, I was surprised how little help I got from Adorama. As soon as I mentioned Pentax, the person said there was no version available to me and offered me the old R1 manual transmitter, which doesn't even work with the R2 flashes without a separate receiver. Apparently our forum members know more about these things than the reps. Don't try to talk to cactus about stacking a Godox trigger on the V6ii either...on their forum that rep stated the cactus was not designed to do that and had no idea what the OP was talking about, although they might have just been practicing CYA. So I return to the trial and error learning of the pentaxians. Anyway, I am going to call Adorama again today and try to get someone who can talk to me about the AD360 to make sure I am getting what I want to add that later to my lighting set up.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-15-2017, 05:34 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
I decided upon the Adorama rebrand of the Godox v850ii flashes--the Flashpoint Li-on R2 2.4 GHz flashes--there is a cheaper R2 manual option that uses AA's but decided to try the rechargeable Li-ons. I also decided to go with the R2 (X1T rebrand) slave set so I could use Sigma flash off the camera with the set up as well. I am planning to add a v6ii for HSS next, then a Flashpoint Streaklight 360 later this year.

Anyway, I was going to order this weekend, but was wondering if it mattered if I ordered the C or N version, since they don't have a manual version. It seems that it doesn't matter, its TTL for either of those brands, something I wouldn't be using anyway. I used the chat feature online and the customer service person didn't understand the products enough to answer me. Thoughts??
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-10-2017, 11:06 AM  
Kaptivating K-Mount Traveling K1000
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 287
Views: 37,802
I used the link and I just did a $20 donation but not sure if it noted that it was in regard to this project. I am from Ohio (USA) as you presumed correctly. ;-)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-09-2017, 09:54 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
Way to think on your feet. I think that was the purpose of the BFT (black foamie thing), right? To block direct light spill thus allowing only bounced light to illuminate your subject. But a black trashbag can accomplish the same! The more I try to make my light sphere work for me, the less useful it feels. Initially, I liked the idea of a highly portable modifier that could change my on-camera flash into a large light source and allow me to be less obtrusive at events. But like the eyeglass issue, I spend more time messing with it, when in the past I would have aimed my bare flash for the best wall or ceiling and made it work, having nothing more than a diffuser cap as a modifier. We have too many choices now, distracts me from the fundamentals.

---------- Post added 01-09-17 at 10:41 PM ----------



What did you settle on for your HSS outdoor pics? Right now I use a good old fashioned flash bracket with a flash bender to add fill light to my outdoor portraits. Optical triggering is challenging in daylight but HSS is easy with a sync cord and bracket. The catch light is lovely because the frame sets my flash slightly off camera and the lighting is soft and warm. I'll post a pic when I'm back on a regular pc. Yes, the high paid pros use huge soft boxes outdoors with fast apertures on HSS, but they also shoot canonikon. We have to be more resourceful 😎
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-09-2017, 08:17 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
The above pic was in a room with vaulted ceilings, so only had a yellow side wall for bounce, window behind me, but it was dark. I've gotten much better with bounced lighting, thanks to the "little black foamie thing" guy, but sometimes that much needed bounce surface is not there. So, your small softbox softens or spreads the light before it is bounced? Seems to make sense. Do you ever aim the light at a wall behind you? I'm always impressed by what good wrap around I get from that.

---------- Post added 01-09-17 at 08:22 AM ----------



I didn't realize the Yongnuo trigger was able to control adjustments like zoom. They seem to be making efforts to become a stronger player. Now they are offering a P-TTL flash also. Regarding the 47" octobox, I just got a 48" parabolic with diffuser panel, but I need a stronger flash to fill it, like the godox ad360.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-08-2017, 05:38 PM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
Had this been for a client, I would have balanced the set-up, with bounced light from reflectors, ceilings or walls. Not an ideal set up, but better. In this case I was at a birthday party, I wasn't setting up light stands etc., had to use what I had. I think the yongnuo kit is appealing for better lighting on a budget. I want to be able to adjust the flashes from the master controller, otherwise I might have gone that route initially myself.

---------- Post added 01-08-17 at 05:49 PM ----------



Which ones do you like? I have a Lightsphere knock-off and still find the light rather hard. I've watched all of his videos and my practice pics never look like those demos. I use a Rogue flash bender when I don't have anything to bounce off (like outdoors), but while it shapes the light, it too is often hard light. I often use an umbrella indoors, but not on a shot this wide. I wonder now if the Fong might have worked for this pic...it throws light everywhere. Of course you can't carry everything with you all the time.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-06-2017, 09:25 AM  
best manual, radio trigger speed light system?
Posted By OhioAngie
Replies: 130
Views: 7,393
This is why I need more lighting....this is just my family, and I could have put the light higher and more central--I don't tend to like that look or the undereye shadows it creates, so a second light would have made me happier--plus I was using a cord not radio or optical triggering. I will use Lightroom to balance the lighting for the final print, but prefer to do my work in-camera.
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