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Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Short notes | 6 Comments

You may notice that D. (guess who) is publishing on G+ (guess where) all the small things he does during days related with photography. I must say I like it. As he wrote his reason is to have sort of log and feedback what he did and how often he did it.

I must say that is quite nice thing as I did the same long time ago when I was developing and testing films and doing really a lot of photography. Anyway, why I am writing about this is that I may do some sort of the same thing as well. Today I have purchased two very interesting things. One is light meter from Sekonic. The model L-478D and also I have purchased new radio controls for my flashes Cactus V6.l-478d

You may know this Sekonic is first and maybe only one with touch screen. I wanted to have light meter for rather long time. I was and still am, really curious how much it would have effect on my images (this could be really interesting discussion with D).

The Cactus radio controllers (TX/RX) for speedlight are very interesting. I have for many years V4, which is only trigger. So when I click it fires the flash wherever in 100 meters I place it. That is it. I need to control flash manually. So if I like to adjust the amount of light produced by the speedlight (flash) I need to walk to it and change it on manual settings. That is not such a huge problem, but imagine you position light somewhere above your subject in height of two meters or it is taped into the bench on tree or precisely position with zoom in certain place. Well you can imagine not it is rather time consuming, but also you disturb your setup. You move your light and you may loose something you set before.Cactus_V6_1a

Well cactus V6 does it remotely for you! You have four zones and you can setup on the transmitter on your camera settings for any other receivers attached to you other speedlights! Great isn’t it! And it works with any flash which can do TTL and manual. Some of most common Nikon, Canon, Pentax,.. are preset rest you can define yourself. Looking forward to it.

6 Comments

  1. JPH
    Thu, 8. January , 2015

    A light meter is one thing, in the back of my mind, I have wanted to pick up for some too. I can’t really say why… I guess to just experiment with being even more precise with lighting… being able to work on handling the light in my images more. So, cool for you in picking one up… someday I am sure I will myself also.

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    • Richard Vanek
      Thu, 8. January , 2015

      Light meter has arrived today. And yes I am still in the same position as you I was not sure (still not) if I need one or not. Recently I had a lot of issues when using flashes. If I would have five hour time I could play with lights and test exposures and get where I want. I hope light meter is going to help me lower that time. It is important especially if you work with people. Funny they are not as patient as those sculptures. ;-)

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      • JPH
        Fri, 9. January , 2015

        Yeah, that is exactly the reason why I have considered getting one, for the purpose of using with flash photography, so as to be able to better set up shots where I would be using flash.

        Since I rarely shoot flash though, being why I have yet to invest in getting a light meter though. I am sure I will pick on up one day, but for now…

        Look forward to hearing how you get it to work for you in your set up and workflow though.

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  2. Dirk
    Fri, 9. January , 2015

    Great, I think Sekonic meters are really good. I hope the touch screen is worth it and not too complex. I like the buttons on mine :) Did you work without flash meter until now?

    Not sure I understand the Cactus thing, you have to explain to me next time we meet.

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    • Richard Vanek
      Fri, 9. January , 2015

      Yes I worked with speed lights (flashes) without the meter. All on manual and was walking between setting power of my lights and setting exposure in my camera. Up and down and try to keep (in some cases) model entertained and doing what I want. Pretty a lot of work. Sometimes I had help so I had voice controlled speed lights :-)
      Now using meter I can measure the light rations and using cactus I can set power on speed lights remotely.

      We certainly should meet and soon would be great.

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  3. Cactus V6 profiling for unknown TTL speed-light
    Mon, 19. January , 2015

    […] of spending my time posting things I was actually doing things. You may remember that I have purchased some strobe related equipment. Cactus V6 it was. Very interesting TX/RX for remote controlling of the strobe (flash). The […]

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