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    Default Flash that can reach 200feet any? Help

    Hi
    I just brought a PENTAX K-x and looking for a flash that able to reach 200 Ft or like 16 storey high, I have 500mm tele lens BUT I broke and not able to buy a Pentax, Canon EX580EX II or Nikon type of flash.

    I need it for bird shooting as sometime as high as a Pine tree (over 10 storey high), any recommendation for a cheap flash? I have look around and seen like Nissin etc but don't understand those setting/specs as a newbies.

    Please give me some help and recommendation and I could afford $100 approx.

    Thanks very much
    Tom

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    Default Re: Flash that can reach 200feet any? Help

    What aperture would you shooting at?

    What's the max ISO you feel comfortable using?

    From there, calculate the GN of the flash you would need and then look for old auto/manual flash units of similar GN.

    Also, consider that there's a flash attachment which 'magnifies' the flash output so that the light reaches further.

    All in, I doubt if you're going to be able to do this for less than $100.
    Last edited by Dream Merchant; 21st March 2010 at 12:05 AM.

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    Default Re: Flash that can reach 200feet any? Help

    If bird is as high as 16 storey, forget about shooting. You wont be able to get a good shot.

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    Default Re: Flash that can reach 200feet any? Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    What aperture would you shooting at?

    What's the max ISO you feel comfortable using?

    From there, calculate the GN of the flash you would need and then look for old auto/manual flash units of similar GN.

    Also, consider that there's a flash attachment which 'magnifies' the flash output so that the light reaches further.

    All in, I doubt if you're going to be able to do this for less than $100.
    First of all, thanks
    My lens is fix at F/6.3
    Confortable ISO can be 400 with less noisy or I can push to 800 still ok

    Please tell me how to calculate it?
    Thanks

    Think I found it
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33633
    Last edited by tomboy1785; 21st March 2010 at 12:32 AM.

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    Default Re: Flash that can reach 200feet any? Help

    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    If bird is as high as 16 storey, forget about shooting. You wont be able to get a good shot.
    Have to second this ....
    I probably collect lenses more than I take pictures
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    No $100 flash can reach that far.
    1 thing u can try is to booth the ISO and lower your shutterspeed and shoot with fill flash.

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    Default Re: Flash that can reach 200feet any? Help

    Quote Originally Posted by soons View Post
    No $100 flash can reach that far.
    1 thing u can try is to booth the ISO and lower your shutterspeed and shoot with fill flash.
    Oh yes... that's what I trying to do by putting an external flash using it as a fill flash to have further reach. I can booth to ISO 800 but which flash should I go for maybe $160 lol... maximum liao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomboy1785 View Post
    Oh yes... that's what I trying to do by putting an external flash using it as a fill flash to have further reach. I can booth to ISO 800 but which flash should I go for maybe $160 lol... maximum liao.
    MAybe Pentax Mount Tumax 386 Flash might do the job?

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    everything in, i think u cant find any flash that can throw that far.

    first your ISO is too low to extend the flash reach and your aperture is too small, u are left with the only option of depending on your flash power. think on the market the most powerful flash is the nissin ni866 or 868 (whatever) even with this flash the light will not reach, u will need a flash extender, CP got sell, u can see the thing at CP marina their display window. it help focus the flash light even more to give it a further throw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nixontkl View Post
    everything in, i think u cant find any flash that can throw that far.

    first your ISO is too low to extend the flash reach and your aperture is too small, u are left with the only option of depending on your flash power. think on the market the most powerful flash is the nissin ni866 or 868 (whatever) even with this flash the light will not reach, u will need a flash extender, CP got sell, u can see the thing at CP marina their display window. it help focus the flash light even more to give it a further throw.
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=flash+extender

    here is ur ans.

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