Wilt wrote in post #18371667
I'm not finding the same conclusion as you about zoom head setting.
- The first link did not seem to have pertinent discussion about zoom head setting; it was mostly about automated vs. manual flash practical considerations. I do see some differences in facial modelling, but the bounce angle also was considerably different as the bride was close to camera, vs. the group shot farther away!
- The second link had Neil state, "Ed Verosky's comparison is obviously for direct flash. With bounce flash, this pretty much disappears. You have a much larger light source. A massive softbox behind you, whether you have your flash zoomed tight or wide."
and Chris later said a wideangle setting did not work so well while the normal lens setting worked well (and no statement about tele setting)
- The comments link didn't seem to touch on zoom head setting either.
I tend to fix my flash’s zoom head to the longest focal length. Two reasons:
– I hate the flash going whizz-whizz-whizz as I zoom my lens. It’s annoying.
– Also, I work my speedlights hard. Most of them show the little fresnel lens has started to melt a little at some point. At the wider zoom settings, the discharge lamp moves much closer to the fresnel lens, and it can melt the fresnel more easily.
As for specific control of the flash’s zoom setting – I am sure there are situations where it is an advantage to zoom to either the widest or the longest zoom setting on the flash – but I don’t have examples that I can off-hand remember.
irose ... I usually zoom to the tightest setting my flash allows. Doing so gives more reach to the flash. The range actually improves.
I would have to do some testing though to see if this really does affect the image brightness in a really large venue vs working in a smaller room.
Dendy .. I do zoom my flashhead out to maximum when I bounce flash. It gives a little more efficiency, which is becomes important in the way that I bounce my flash .. which is usually ‘away’ from my subject, instead of towards my subject.
with the last sentence being the most important ... to me.
I rarely prefer shooting with the flash pointed straight up. That is a great starting point for folks new to bouncing flash but I quickly grew tired of the same old flat look with anything other than a group of people. It has been my experience that is is very hard, if not impossible. to get any real directionality from the bounced light when it is set to a wide setting.