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X100 with the new EF-X20 flash

Discussion in 'Fuji X Forum' started by phdezra, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    Hi all. I know X100 doesnt get much chatter here, but although no output photos from this combo yet, I know others have inquired as to how it looks. I have previously owned the X100 + EF-20 (larger flashgun, but same GN 20 as the new EF-X20). Anyway, I wanted a smaller flash than the EF-20, which although it can bounce, it is larger larger!. This one doesnt swivel, but has the addition of a built in diffuser (via switch). When I add a cheapo stofen/diffuser knock-off ($3), it works quite well esp in redirecting the light and pseudo-bouncing. If want to, you can compensate in 1/3 increments for Flash EV + or -. Samples forthcoming.

    X100 + EF-X20
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    X100 + EF-X20 + cheapo stofen diffuser
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    Lastly, and in case anyonje is curious, the strap is from LanceCameraStraps.com: String Loop Adjustable | Lance Camera Straps
     
  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Hahaha ... you shoulda been here when it first came out!
     
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  3. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

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    Jun 11, 2012
    yes - I meant *recently* :redface:
     
  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I've noticed lately that most camera forum chatter is about the newest stuff. But I just bought a new black X100 and I'm happy to talk about this "ancient" camera! Not sure yet if I need a flash, though. Just love what it does naturally.
     
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  5. phdezra

    phdezra SC Regular

    36
    Jun 11, 2012
    The X100 is still a camera I go back to again and again. I just cant help it. I had an E-M5, but sold it to get another X100 that I had given up.

    The EF-X20 is a cute flash when you need more lighting. Here are two photos I just took, first with no flash; second with the EF-X20 and the diffuser. If you go to my Flickr set, you can see the full size images. Personally, I dont use flash for still life items, but for portraits, the flash can make people 'pop' at events and parties, imho,. when warranted.

    Both photos taken from same spot, under harsh mix of fluorescent and incandescent lighting... ugh. The "no flash" looks more natural, but with flash has a certain charm of almost film-like coloration to it.

    No Flash:
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    With flash:

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  6. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Think I want! :blush:
     
  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I like it. In practice, I find I use the built-in flash once in awhile to lighten up the shadowed side of faces in the sun or to get people against a sunset. As for externals, I really want something remote that I can hold in my hand off-angle, but I'm cheap and lazy, so I haven't figured out what that would be / how to get it / how to use it once I did.
     
  8. John Driggers

    John Driggers New to SC

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    Jun 19, 2013
    I think the "coloration" you are seeing is from the warm ambient lighting while the camera is white balancing for a flash exposure. You might get a similar effect without flash by changing your white balance to daylight and shooting without the flash. I suggest that as you said you liked the warmer outcome
     
  9. John Driggers

    John Driggers New to SC

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    Jun 19, 2013
    An often overlooked feature of this flash is it's ability to be used off-camera in a manual mode with really high synch speeds from the X10-X20-X100-X100s leaf shutters. Set the in-camera flash to manual at the lowest power setting, set your iso to about 200, set the camera to 1/1000 @ f4, go outside on a sunny day and be amazed at your ability to overpower the sun with this little flash at 4-5 feet from your subject, handholding it. Use the in-camera strobe to trigger the external flash held where ever you want it (there is a little switch on the bottom to pick the right slave mode-check the manual. Also a Canon TTL cord will work with these same cameras to give you TTL off camera flash.
     
  10. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Can't any off-brand flash do this with the Fujis?

    Seriously? This is encouraging news. So specifically a Canon TTL cord, on any flash of just with these Fuji TTL flashes? Just awaiting reply and then off to eBay...:wink: