I am trying to sync 2 F5's to record stereoimages of animal movement, using flash. Does anyone know of a good source of information for this type of work? Anyone tried synching F5's using the MC-23? I'm not having good luck. Thanks.
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This sound interesting. What types of problems are you having? I know that the photo secretary software lets one change the behavior of using the MC-23: simultaneous vs. alternating. Also, I know there is a way to use special sliding brackets that let one take two pictures of the same subject with the proper offset sequentially using one camera. From your brief description, since your subject is moving, I can see why you would need to take both picture at the same time. But, If I understand the way stereo photography works, doesn't the offset for each of the pictures need to be the same as the average offset of a person's eyes (about 2.5" - 3")? It doesn't seem there would be enough room to get two F5's set up next to each other with these dimensions in mind. You might be able to accomplish this with t N90s's in the vertical format with their bases towards each other. That camera will let you synch to others using the cord as well.
Thanks for the reply. The problem I'm having is not in the actual physical offset. The problem is in the synching of the 2 cameras in time. I was using a multi-flash system; the images from the master camera came out just fine, but the slave camera images were underexposed, and the animal was in a slightly different position. This means that by the time the slave opened up, the flashes were through firing. I want to try again using rear-curtain sync, but I'll have to rent another F5, and before I did that I wanted to see if others have had similar experiences.
It sounds like the cameras are set to fire alternately. I was thinking that you could set this in one of the custom but after reviewing, it looks like it can only be set using the photo secratary software. From what you described it sounds like the second camera is firing after the first instead of with the first. One way you could check this is to hook the camera together and, before you load film, set both to continuous low or high and just listen. You should be able to tell from the sound if the cameras are alternating or not. Maybe tonight I'll go home and check what the default is for that setting on the camera (sync or alt).