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Sep 14, 2017 06:49 |  #31

Hey Jason
I'd be interested in a set, but I plan on getting the MT-26EX when it comes out in November. Not sure if the dimensions of the flash heads are the same -can do a comparison with my MT-24EX when I get the new flash. Not really concerned about diffuser to subject distance -sometimes you just gotta give the critters a reason to let you get close. Like injecting a flower with sugar syrup...

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Sep 14, 2017 06:58 as a reply to post 18440088 |  #32

Also thought you might like to see the "potato quality" video of my current diffuser:




I use the flash heads in a key (one at the top of the lens) and a fill (one at the side) configuration because the resulting shadows make the subject look more three dimensional. Having both heads at 180 degrees can result in the light looking a little flat.


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Sep 14, 2017 08:01 |  #33

Hi John,

Yes I plan on making them fit the MT-26, I just need to find out exact head sizes to adjust my drawings. I've just received a Yongnuo YT24 actually and I've just adjusted my drawings so they fit this flash too, I just need to print them off and test them.

I'm liking your new diffusers, especially the lego build, that's great! There is a never ending attempt to improve diffusers isn't there, but to be honest I think what most of us have already work well enough :)


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Sep 14, 2017 09:54 |  #34

Interesting, I had not heard about the new MT-26EX. But jeepers, it's US $1000! How much better is it than the 24EX? Radio control has no value for me. The main improvement for me would seem to be that the focus aid lamps are brighter and are LED. But I doubt the refinements are worth $1000 for me.

As for the diffusers, my preference has been to diffuse at the subject and not at the lamps. So my diffusers are mounted on the front of the lens and not on the flash heads. This works well for me with the 100L and the 65mm when working hand-held outdoors.


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Sep 14, 2017 14:58 |  #35

JasonC007 wrote in post #18451973 (external link)
...There is a never ending attempt to improve diffusers isn't there...

I don't think that someone is really a photographer unless they are obsessed with the light.


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Sep 14, 2017 15:01 |  #36

Archibald wrote in post #18452061 (external link)
Interesting, I had not heard about the new MT-26EX. But jeepers, it's US $1000! How much better is it than the 24EX?

Better build quality, better focusing lamps, higher guide number (more "stopping power"). Maybe not an upgrade for someone who recently bought an MT-24EX, but a good choice for a first time buyer or for someone like me who's owned an MT-24EX long enough to get irritated with its shortcomings.


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Sep 14, 2017 15:08 |  #37

JasonC007 wrote in post #18451973 (external link)
Hi John,

Yes I plan on making them fit the MT-26, I just need to find out exact head sizes to adjust my drawings.

I'd really be interested in buying a pair!


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Sep 14, 2017 23:44 as a reply to Dalantech's post |  #38

I certainly hope you don't mean that, in many situations you are unable to control the light. Perhaps you are only talking about macro shooting, and aren't painting all photography with a broad brush... ?

I am not obsessed about lighting but like to think I am a photographer, or my credentials for events are a lie. :)

I even dabble in macro shots once in a while. They're not great, but I am still a photographer, just not a good one I guess.

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Sep 15, 2017 01:33 |  #39

TeamSpeed wrote in post #18452675 (external link)
...I certainly hope you don't mean that, in many situations you are unable to control the light...

Light is your color pallet, the "paint for your canvas". The quality of it will dictate not only the colors and contrast that you capture, but it can even influence the level of detail in your images. Part of being a photographer is finding ways to manipulate the light so that you can get the images that you want, or recognizing that no matter what you do the light quality is going to be poor so it's time to do something else...


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Sep 15, 2017 05:51 as a reply to Dalantech's post |  #40

Again you don't always get to control the light, many situations where this is true.


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Sep 15, 2017 05:56 |  #41

TeamSpeed wrote in post #18452790 (external link)
Again you don't always get to control the light, many situations where this is true.

Agreed -great time to put down the camera ;)


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Sep 15, 2017 06:01 as a reply to Dalantech's post |  #42

That is just silly. So all of us shooting events where we don't get to control the amount and type and direction of lighting due to our obsession with that should not take pics? Might as wipe away all those street scenes, drama, weddings, and sports then.


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Sep 15, 2017 07:16 as a reply to TeamSpeed's post |  #43

Should probably take this into anther thread, but here goes: There are situations where a polarizing filter can be used to cut some glare in harsh light. For wedding photography there are a lot of tips and tricks for using non optimal natural light. For street photography I just wouldn't shoot mid day, or when it's overcast due to the poor colors and contrast. If you want to go out and shoot in harsh light be my guest -either the quality of your photos will suffer or you'll end up spending a lot of time in post "fixing" images. Odds are they'll just come out looking over processed. With artificial light there's just no excuse for poor light quality...


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Sep 15, 2017 12:23 |  #44

Again, can we keep to the thread topic.


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Sep 20, 2017 11:50 |  #45

Dalantech wrote in post #18452347 (external link)
I'd really be interested in buying a pair!

Sorry, I've been catching up with some back orders but I should have a set next week to send you. I will send you a PM.


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