Tag: AD200

Two Light, Off Camera Flash Shootout

Following on from my one light shootout blog, I now introduce a second light as a rimlight/hairlight

For this shoot I packed the following:-

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2 x light stand

2 x Godox AD200 with bare bulb head

1 Godox Ad-S7 Multi-functional Softbox

1 Godox 5″ reflector with basic diffuser

1 Godox Bowens S Type adapter

I Godox angle bracket to fix to light stand

Nikon D750 with Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART Lens

Godox X1-TN (wireless transmitter, Nikon fit)

Olympus OMD E-M1 with Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f1.2 ‘Nocticron’ lens

Godox X1-TO (wireless transmitter, Olympus fit)

The Panny Leica 42.5 (when the 2x crop is taken into account) is the classic ’85mm’ portrait lens, and when space is tight it is my preferred lens for portraits. However, in this case it was an outdoor shoot and I had room to stand back and use my 135mm Sigma. As in the previous blog, I re-positioned myself so the field of view was as close as possible.

This was shot in church ground in near midday sun, so I positioned the model in open shade under a tree. The Godox AD200 with softbox keylight was mounted at about 45 degrees and camera right for the FF shot, with the second AD200 just with the 5″ reflector behind the model camera left.  The run was actually overhead camera right, although the rimlight leads the viewer to believe otherwise.

The model is Sandra.

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D750 with Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART @ ISO100, f1.8. 1/1250s. Keylight TTL, rimlight 1/32 power

For the MFT shot, the the keylight was switched to camera left, but the rim light remained behind the model camera left but away from the tree.

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E-M1, Leica 42.5mm f1.2 @ISO100, f1.2, 1/1000s, Keylight TTL, rimlight 1/32 power

Personally I prefer the D750 shot here. The eyes are razor sharp and really make the model pop from the background.

This is how my rimlight and keylight looked with modifiers attached

One Light, Off Camera Flash Shootout

Since Godox introduced their 2.4Ghz ‘X system’, it’s been possible to use one set of strobes, triggered by two completely different camera systems. So for this test, I wanted to use a common lighting set up and pitch my favourite MFT portrait lens against my favourite full frame portrait lens, and compare the results.

For this shoot I packed the following:-

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1 light stand

1 Godox AD200 with bare bulb head

1 Godox Ad-S7 Multi-functional Softbox

1 Godox Bowens S Type adaptor

Nikon D750 with Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART Lens

Godox X1-TN (wireless transmitter, Nikon fit)

Olympus OMD E-M1 with Olympus 75mm f1.8 Lens

Godox X1-TO (wireless transmitter, Olympus fit)

I chose the Salt Lake near Larnaca in Cyprus at sunset as the setting for this brief test. The Olympus 75mm (when the 2x crop is taken into account) is close to the angle of view of the 135mm Sigma, but I re-positioned myself so the field of view was as close as possible. The Godox AD200 was mounted at about 45 degrees and camera right, and not moved between shots.

The model is Georgia

CyprusE-M1 with 75mm f1.8 @ISO100, 1/2000s, f1.8 / AD200 on HSS (High Speed Sync) & TTL

 

CyprusD750 with Sigma 135mm f1.8 ART  @ISO50, 1/2000s, f1.8 / AD200 on HSS and TTL

The results are very similar, showing that the Olympus can run its full frame counterpart very close.  When viewed at 100% crop, inevitably the larger sensor produces a cleaner, clearer image. But for most uses, I am losing very little by using the Olympus, and gaining quite a bit in terms of weight saving and bulk.

The ability to use professional strobes at consumer prices really does allow Olympus users to punch above their weight.