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What's with the 1/200 sec flash sync speed?

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 18-Sep-12 08:00 PM

I do not see where a camera with the specs of this one is going to miss a shot as described. Moving a flash a little closer sure would solve the balance of ambient to flash fill. How are people who use 5DII routinely getting pro projects done? The range of light variation that an outdoor scene presents is going to be far wider a variation from moment to moment than 1/3 stop.
We are quibbling over 1/3 of a stop, seems like perspective is being lost. One of the subjects wearing a different colored shirt swamps that difference. If that 1/3 of a stop is so on the edge, what happens with 1/2 a stop is the needed margin, or the hour of the day creates a two stop difference. The range which the D600 can't work but a D700 can is a very narrow range in this setup that neither will work is just a slight increase in ambient. Most cases that will stop a D600 will also stop a D700 is a session is so close to the edge.
Maybe it is just my mind set from working in a creative production environment where problems got novel solutions by a matter of course, there was always of way to get something done, in a situation that had more variables and a lot higher stakes. Minor disruptions of habits are routinely used to create an effective solution for a unique session. I guess I just was not expecting pro photography to be habit and routine bound.
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