Testing the SpeedLite 188A

We've got an old Canon SpeedLite 188A from the T50 and I've found it

fires on the 400D quite happily but has no smarts (i.e. can't adjust the

output of the flash via the camera).

However, I thick I've mostly figured out how to make it work

satisfactorily. Here's a quick test I did last night.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 13th December 2006, This photo: 8:56pm

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  • leadegroot said:
    You realise you are a dead man when you get home?
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I thought about marking it "Friends & Family" only, but it's really quite a decent portrait :P~~
  • leadegroot said:
    *sigh* oh yes, no makeup, hair everywhere, reflection on the glasses - just *wonderful* :-P
    I supppose I should consider myself lucky I haven't got my hair in a towel?
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    LOL (at the conversation above, not the photo).

    I don't know what you're complaining about Lea - David's right, it's a pretty good portrait shot. Maybe you should be grateful he didn't catch you in the shower, although then he probably would be a dead man...HAHAHA. :-P

    David, did you add the vignetting in PP or was that in-camera? Nice effect - looks like you had a weak spotlight behind Lea to give her a slight halo.
  • David de Groot said:
    It's cropped down from a landscape orientation. I've mostly figured out the flash unit (all manual and a bit of hit and miss without a light meter or knowing how bright the flash will be), so yeah the vignetting is in-camera. The halo is formed by the glass door behind her :)
  • Maki_C30D said:
    lol at your conversations too!

    David, I have no idea what speedlite &T50 are:(
    but this is absolutely great portrait!

    Another no idea: proscuitto (sounds delicious though:)
  • David de Groot said:
    Well that's easy Maria, this is a T50:
    Canon T50 SLR

    And a SpeedLite is a Canon Flash unit. The 188A dates back to about 1981 I think and it still works :) The Canon 400D will fire it, but doesn't know it's there, so you need to manually set the exposure, iso and aperture to match the flash output at a given distance.

    As for proscuitto, it's an Italian, thinly sliced, preserved meat (I think it might be pork, but it's possible it's beef, either way it's lovely and tasty).
  • Maki_C30D said:
    Now I know:)
    thanks for these infos!
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    One suggestion though David, try bouncing the flash or get a diffuser (even a couple layers of tissue paper over the blub) to soften the shadows under the chin. You'll probably need to pump up the wattage a little if you do diffuse more though.

    Edit: Yeah, proscuitto is yummy - I've always considered it to essentially be thin bacon. How did the subject of proscuitto come up?
  • David de Groot said:
    The SpeedLite 188a actually comes with a wide-angle diffuser, so I'll have to give that go :) But alas, this flash is fixed angle only, no bounce unless I were to get an off-camera hot-shoe cable for it.

    As for the prosciutto, that was from Maria's very tasty looking "sandwich" - flickr.com/photos/maki_s_brown_eyes/321278959/
  • looby88 said:
    come on Lea, grab that S2 and get your own back !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    hahaha like that will happen ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    well that would be like a red rag to a bull if you said that to me !!
  • leadegroot said:
    Bah! Like its possible to take a bad photo of Dave.
    I've have to get up first in the morning and catch him mid-dreary!
  • looby88 said:
    before he's got his make-up on you mean........ hee hee