With and without flash, why I keep on using it

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by nianys, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Since NEX high ISO performance is definitely excellent, I tried to skip my usual flash set-up and just bump the ISO up, and enjoy.
    The first shot is at ISO 3200 :

    I find it pretty sharp for such a setting.

    The following are all shot with either the built-in flash or the Olympus FL-36, at ISO 400 :





    As good as high ISO is, I'd still be able to shoot at 160 or 200th and freeze any motion...
    All shots with the K55/1.8
  2. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    The first shot at ISO3200 is just insanely smooth. Back in the days of negative film and dye-sub printing, the grain in that photo would've been ASA200 and ASA400 would've been waaay grainier than that!

    I just love the NEX!
  3. snkenai

    snkenai TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 22, 2012
    Campbellsville, Ky
    Real Name:
    Stephen Noel

    The first shot may be off a bit on WB, but it is much more pleasing, to my eye. The flash gives just too much of a "stark" look.

    I use the FL36 myself. I made a simple diffuser, from a piece of dish translucent soap bottle, held in place with rubber band. It does away with "hot spots" on skin, "red eye", and "over white" light. Used it recently with my E-p2 and Sigma 30mm, to do a wedding, with great results.

    But, whenever possible, I just prefer natural light.

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  4. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Well the biggest problem with indoor mixed light is WB. Aside from that, I personally like the flash shots better. All matter of personal preference, of course. The NEX is insanely good at high ISO, so whoever dislike flash may do without it.
  5. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
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    I'm still working on not hating my built-in flash. Haven't made much progress yet - even when bouncing - but your results show it may be possible. ;)