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JBS101 Silver Member  Canberra, AU  Nikonian since 20th Apr 2009 Thu 14-Feb-13 06:45 AM
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"Auto FP High Speed Synch"
Thu 14-Feb-13 09:10 PM by JBS101


Some Nikon cameras (eg. D300 and D700) can be set to either 1/250th or 1/320th of a second for auto high speed synch. Does anyone know why Nikon has provided two options and when you would use one or the other?

The question was posed recently by another Nikonian on the D700 forum but no one was able to provide a definitive answer. My curiousity was aroused so I have decided to ask here.

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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography   Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US  Charter Member Thu 14-Feb-13 02:30 PM
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#1. "RE: Auto FP High Speed Synch"
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>Some Nikon cameras (eg. D300 and D700) can be set to either
>1/250th or 1/320th of a second for auto high speed synch.
>Does anyone know why Nikon has provided two options and when
>you would use one or the other?
>
>The question was posed recently by another Nikonian on the
>D700 forum but no one was able to provide a definative answer.
> My curiousity was aroused so I have decided to ask here.

I can't seem to come up with a definitive answer, but I do know that in the 1/320th mode, the maximum effective flash power is about a half stop less power than the 1/250th mode.

I also know that one problem when developing the FP Flash mode was to get the flash to turn on fast enough at the beginning of the shutter sequence to be fully on by the time the shutter opened.

This indicates that the turn-on time is just fast enough for the 1/320th mode.

Another key problem during development was finding an alternate ionization level that would support an efficient flash pulse of about 5ms long. The key here is 'efficient'. For FP Sync mode to have anywhere near the effective power of the regular sync pulse, the ionization level had to be very carefully chosen.

Also, when the flash fires in an alternate ionization level, there is a risk of color shift.

Since the effective power is less with 1/320th, I believe the flash is being kept on for the same period of time for both 1/320th and 1/250th, so in the 1/320th mode, more of the pulse is thrown away at the end of the cycle.

I personally always use the 1/250th mode in order to get the highest effective maximum power possible.

BTW, a lot of people say the flash fires multiple pulses in the FP Sync mode. This is not true. It fires continuously at a reduced ionization level as I already discussed, just like the flash beacons do on towers at night.

Russ
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luckyphoto Gold Member  Port Charlotte, US  Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010 Thu 14-Feb-13 02:43 PM
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#2. "RE: Auto FP High Speed Synch"
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Some Speedlights only support TTL FP up to 1/250th while others can support TTL FP up to 1/320th. You can use either type with the D7000.

There may be other reasons, but that's one.

Larry

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JBS101 Silver Member  Canberra, AU  Nikonian since 20th Apr 2009 Sat 16-Feb-13 06:46 AM
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Russ and Larry,

Thank you for responding.

Russ, you said, "Since the effective power is less with 1/320th, I believe the flash is being kept on for the same period of time for both 1/320th and 1/250th, so in the 1/320th mode, more of the pulse is thrown away at the end of the cycle." That seems to be consistent with trials that the poster in the D700 forum had done. I guess 1/250th FP is the answer.

Regards,

John

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