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Jim Saunders

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Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:57:07 PM »
I've used FoCal to good effect on short lenses with overhead light, but for the longer ones the idea of using a couple flashes popped (sorry) in my head; Anyone try it yet?  Google didn't turn up anything on the subject.

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Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 11:03:03 PM »
Constant lighting is best - you want a well lit target to focus on, as well as image.
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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 11:03:44 PM »
Focal uses live view, I don't think flash would work.  they say that even steady light is needed.

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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 11:13:37 PM »
Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 

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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 12:03:47 AM »
Take it outside- plus, you will make some vitamin D.

Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 

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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 12:12:12 AM »
Take it outside- plus, you will make some vitamin D.

Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 

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Considering that I can tan under a 60 watt incandescent lamp, that might be pushing my luck...

That said if we get a calm day here sometime I might try it.  I have a better tripod head coming that should help too.

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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013, 01:06:20 AM »
Two simple work lights 250W each (less than $30 at home depot) worked for me, if you don't have other lamps that qualify and double as desk lamps.

Flash would not help the AF and focusing would be inconsistent because of low light as the flash fires after focusing

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2013, 12:50:15 AM »
Well, back to the old drawing board.  Thanks for the replies. 

Jim

My solution was: go to Home Depot, buy two 500w halogen construction lamps that came with a stand, light FoCal target.  All is good.

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Re: Flash for FoCal - Anyone try it?
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