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    H3D flash advice

    I need to get a flash for my H3D-39
    I am going to be doing outdoor family portraits
    Hasselblad recommends Metz with the sac 3902 adapter
    Is this a good solution
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    Re: H3D flash advice

    Quote Originally Posted by kuau View Post
    I need to get a flash for my H3D-39
    I am going to be doing outdoor family portraits
    Hasselblad recommends Metz with the sac 3902 adapter
    Is this a good solution
    Thanks

    Steven
    Yes, that is correct ... and the best solution I know of for on-camera flash with the H camera. Once mounted, the camera takes over all functions such as compensation, etc.

    If you are going to do portraits frequently, you may find a shoe-mount limited in possibilities, but for casual fill needs it is fine.

    I use a Metz in the shoe in conjunction with a battery powered strobe. This is needed when the shoe-mount isn't up to the power needed to balance the ambient lighting. Plus strobes allow placement of light where you want it rather than flat front-on lighting. Shoe mounts are typically 80-90 w/s max, where a modest battery strobe is 320 or 400 w/s.

    Here is an example:

    Extraordinarily bright and hazy day at 2PM placed the subjects in the only shaded area available, (I often can't pick my time or place when shooting a wedding). Key battery strobe light directionally placed camera left, on camera Metz used for fill. Without enough light on the subjects, the background would have been over-exposed, and the dappled light from the trees falling on the subjects would have made them look like Dalmatians : -).

    -Marc

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    Re: H3D flash advice

    Marc,
    Which model Metz do you use on shoe-mount Camera? What is your opinion of the larger Metz 76?
    In reagards to battery strobes and preference? I need something that will work in cold weather, snow.

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