Just registered after buying an Electro 35 GSN.. some great knowledge on here. I used SLRs quite a bit as a teenager but dropped it off for a decade (or two). After getting some really insipid digital shots on a holiday to Vietnam last year, I decided to dig out my old FTb but stumbled upon RFs while in eBay. Now have a GSN and am awaiting delivery of a Rollei 35S(!). Having great fun with Tri-X again!
I know the flash thing has been done to death in loads of places but I just can't get my head around it. Would be very grateful for comments...
- to use a (non-fill) flash on the GSN, I should set it to the flash mark (not AUTO or B) and set my aperture to that suggested by my flash unit's dial thing. The camera will be syncing at 1/30th
I am using a hot-shoe mounted Nikon SB-10 - some details:
- the little rotating ring on the flash: is this just there to save me calculating the GN/focus equation?
- should I use the flash on manual? Why not use one of the auto settings which will give me many more shots from the batteries with just a slightly reduced GN?
- if the flash is set to one of its auto settings, will it use the thyristor to 'stop' whenever it detects enough light?
- how do I configure/set my aperture for fill flash? AUTO and set ASA 1/3rd over?
- why should I use the flash-setting for non-fill? Since the Copal will sync at any speed, why constrain myself to 1/30th? The aperture will still be manually set if I leave it at AUTO - does it mess up the light-meter's shutter speed calculation?
- how do I compensate for taping some diffusing tissue paper over the flash in manual mode? Experiment, e.g. an extra 2 stops? Do I even need to do this in AUTO (thyristor should detect reduced light, no?)
- is the Electro easier to use with the recommended Yashica flash unit and are these still available?
- Would anyone recommend a particular flash from experience? Would like something light, compact (ideally 2xAA batteries) for indoors/people shots.
I know this is a lot of questions and I'd be interested in answers to any of them. I'll consider putting up a GSN with Flash page somewhere if I get enough response.