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Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
« on: April 21, 2013, 06:26:58 AM »
Having seen some excellent results on bird photos recently posted using flash and Better Beamers, I'd like to give them a try. I'd be grateful for advice based on my wanting flash for bird photos (using a 5DIII and 300mm f/2.8 plus extenders).
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Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
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Re: Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 06:58:45 AM »
580 or 600 flashes (and there's no advantage to the 600, since the higher guide number is only due to the greater head zoom, and with a Better Beamer you'll manually set your zoom between 35-80mm).  I recommend the more powerful flash because even though you'd dial back the power with a Beamer (-2 FEC if using E-TTL), with birds you'll want a fast shutter, and faster than Xsync means using the power-robbing HSS.

Also, it helps to get the flash off-axis to avoid steel-eye (red-eye effect).  I use a RRS B91-QR bracket (attached to the lens foot) and an FA-QREX2 extender, along with an OC-E3 cord to get the flash elevated.
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Re: Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 07:12:10 AM »
I've only been using the Better Beamer for less than 2 months (I've heard of it through neuroanatomist in CR) and I'm really impressed with what they can do. When I'm shooting with my 5D MK III + Sigma 150-500 OS, I use 600EX-RT speedlite ... I highly recommend it, it is just awesome. When I shoot with Nikon D7000+300 VR (which I carry everyday due to convenience of not having to change the lens) I use Yongnuo YN568EX - its a decent speedlite for under $200 and does a pretty good job.
Here are a couple of shots:
1st one using Canon 600 EX-RT + better beamer on 5D MK III & Sigma 150-500 OS at 500mm
2nd one using YongnuoYN568EX + better beamer on Nikon D7000 & 18-300 VR at 300mm

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Re: Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013, 12:53:04 PM »
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=14266.0

So... What does that topic have to do with the OP's question about using a better beamer??

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Re: Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013, 06:48:10 PM »
The OP is looking for a flash. 580 and 600 were suggested in the first reply so I added the link to that post for more info.

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Re: Recommendations for flash for telephotos and birds
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013, 06:48:10 PM »