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Aug122011

Life Just Got Easier

I'm a firm believer that photography equipment should be viewed as tools that allow you to do the job quickly and painlessly, while still maintaing quality.  I have no patience for people who covet and baby their gear, walk around with their lens caps on because they are afraid of scratches, and brag about their megapixels and frame rates.  At the end of the day, it's all about the photo.

That said, I think my life just got easier.  Below, the Vagabond Mini Lithium is paired with the Einstein E640 from Paul C Buff, Inc., with a simple white, shoot-thru umbrella.  My brother-in-law Derek Wong is my assistant for the moment.  He's also married to a bác ky Vietnamese woman.  But that's a blog post for another day.  One more thing, Derek is also the same guy riding the bike in the title banner.

The Einstein has a total output of 640Ws.  To compare, Nikon speedlights are 60Ws.  So roughly, you are walking around with the power of about 10 flashes.  Since 2004, I've been shooting portraits on-location with at most two flashes, in a cumbersome, frustrating setup.  But the Einstein has changed all that.  With a cheaper rig that weighs only a few more pounds than a two-speedlight combo, the Einstein has opened up a whole new range of possibilities.  Since you'll be shooting at much lower power, your frame rates go up significantly.  It's a huge help when trying to catch people during key moments or when shooting kids.  It truly has the potential to be a real game changer.  

Here are the resulting photos.  ISO 320, 1/250s, f8, Einstein power at 1/16.  Location:  San Jose Camp, near Yosemite, CA.

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Do you find that the paint pole flexes when the Einstein is attached to the top of it and reached overhead? I just moved up from a gang of Speedlites to some Einsteins as well and am loving the added power and quicker recycle times.

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStan Olszewski

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