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Flash Demo: Einstein 640 Monolight

In the June issue of Professional Photographer magazine, Ellis Vener reviewed the Einstein 640 monolight from Paul C. Buff. In this test, Ellis pushed the limits of the Einstein’s recycle speed. He captured 145 frames at 10 frames per second with the Einstein set to 18.7 watt-seconds. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV exposures were set for 1/250 second at f/8, ISO 400, capturing large JPEGS recorded to a Lexar Professional 600X CompactFlash card. Ellis compiled the frame animation using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended.




Camera: This sequence of 145 frames was made using a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/28 L IS II USM lens at 105mm. The camera was in manual mode,  and the autofocus and Image Stabilization on the lens was turned off. The camera was set to shoot large JPEGS, writing to a Lexar 32GB 600X CompactFlash card. The camera was set for manual exposure at 1/250 second at f/8, ISO 400, at a frame rate of 10 frames per second.

Lighting: A single Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 set to 18.7 watt-seconds in constant color mode (t0.1 flash duration : 1/5,076 second) was fitted with a white 22-inch High Output Beauty Dish Reflector (22HOBD-W) and 15-degree grid (22HG15) combination was aimed at the background. The flash was triggered by a Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander with a CSXCV transceiver mounted in the Einstein.

Processing: The sequence was compiled in Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended running in Mac OS X 10.6.3 on an Apple 27-inch, 2.66GHZ Intel Core i5 iMac.

Click here to view a full-size Quicktime movie of the water-pour sequence.