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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    Think again! The standard small-medium-sized flashbulb (Sylvania #25 or G.E. #5) will completely blind the standard small-medium-sized electronic flash.

    Are you going to like holding your small format focal plane shutter open on bulb, then firing the big leaf shutter that you have front mounted on your lens (It would have to be to cover an extreme wide lens.), then releasing the body shutter for every shot, so that you can advance the film? Unless there is a way to override the meshing of film advance with shutter cocking on your SLR, this will be the procedure you will have to follow.

    I think you will find that medium format is the way to go, despite what you believe about it being an expensive hassle. For what you have spent on your D40, the lens, the computer, the software, etc., you could have an outstanding darkroom and a beautiful medium format camera setup with a leaf shutter. Digital is largely a consumer con designed to transfer lots of your money to others. It is best for those who need to take a whole lot of bad shots in order to get to the one shot that matters. Film is incredibly more economical, and gives you about a billion times more equipment variety.
    Actually, my plan was to remove the mirror and shutter from the slr, so that I would only have to worry about cocking the shutter on the lens and advancing the film on the camera body. Also, only the smaller shutters go to 1/500th so it would be mounted inside the lens between elements, hence the hacksawing and superglueing.

    Medium format is mostly out of the question for me because of a few things. 35mm gives me much more resolution than I need. I have about a mile of 35mm in my freezer and I would prefer not to have to learn to use a new film. Also, I need as much depth of field as possible in these situations, which medium format can only give me at smaller f-stops, thus increasing the needed flash output.

    About the digital thing - I appreciate the concern, but there is no need to worry for me. I borrow the camera from my brother, who bought it used for almost nothing, I have the computer already and I only use free software.




    On a completely different note I just realized that flash bulbs and FP-mode flash isn't really useful for me, I need the very short duration of the regular electronic flash to freeze the action. Also, I use two to four flash guns at a time, making the use of flash bulbs very cumbersome

    Still no opinions as to whether it is possible to make an ultrawide lens with a leaf shutter?

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    Have you looked into leaf shutter SLRs? They had their disadvantages (mostly complicated mechanical designs), but they exist. I've never used one myself, but look up the Contaflex, Bessaflex, Topcon, Retina Reflex, Nikkorex, and there was a Kowa. Generally, leaf shutter SLRs were more common before the age of ultrawide retrofocus lenses for 35mm SLRs, so I'm not sure which of them if any would suit your needs, but you might see what's out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Have you looked into leaf shutter SLRs?
    I have. There does not seem to be anything wider than 28mm available for them. Otherwise they would be perfect for the job!

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    I'd think modifying lens angle with something like this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ide_Angle.html is doable.

    But superglueing leaf shutter into a lens...? Well, I'd actually love to see it done :-)

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    It is possible to mount a leaf shutter on the front of a lens, but any leaf shutter with a large enough opening will be huge and therefore will have a top speed of around 1/50 sec.

    I'm still favoring the idea of bigger strobes. If you want a 35mm SLR and an ultrawide lens and you want to balance strobe with full sun, the lighting is the easiest thing to work with. Alternately, you could shoot when it's not so bright out.
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    I think the F100, F5 & F6 will synch all the way up with a couple of the top end Nikon flashes. Don't know about the output though it uses a repeating flash system.(real strobe)
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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