25 Aug See The Light with the Fujifilm EF-X500
Source: Fujifilm X Blog
Let’s talk about the benefits of introducing a new light source into your image!
With the advent of the new EF-X500 flash unit, our first professional ETTL flash, we thought we could shed some light on the age-old question “natural light or introduced light?”
We are here to give you a brief rundown of the Fujifilm EF-X500 and how it can benefit your Fujifilm X-Series kit.
Fujifilm EF-EX500 Flash
Batteries & Accessories
The Fujifilm EF-X500 powers using four traditional AA batteries. Generally we would recommend for any shooter using this flash to carry an additional four AA lithium batteries or better still, AA Ni-MH 2700 mAh rechargeable.
From a set of Ni-MH rechargeable you can expect to get 170 flashes and with the optional battery pack EF-BP1, which holds an additional eight batteries, this amount will be extended to approximately 350 flashes. The EF-BP1 will not only improve the number of flashes but also the recycle time, so if you are a wedding photographer this could be a useful accessory to have.
The benefit of zoom allows additional control of the light for the image you’re trying to create.
The Fujifilm EF-X500 allows the flash to zoom from 24-105mm. What this will do is allow your flash to either fire a very wide range to suit a wider angled lens or emit a narrower flash to suit a portrait or telephoto lens. The end result will enable you to light an entire scene or just pick out an individual subject from a scene.
Fujifilm X-Pro2 with XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR – ISO 200 – F5.6 – 1/125 second – Fujifilm sample image
Optional Rear or Front Curtain Sync
This feature is a very common setting for on camera flash users who wish to add some motion to their images.
Front Curtain Sync means once you depress the shutter button on the camera, the flash will immediately fire, and Rear Curtain Sync delays the flash until the end of the exposure before the curtain covers your sensor.
So what does this actually do to your image?
You won’t notice a great deal until you get to slower shutter speeds under 1/50th of a second. By lowering your shutter speed it will actually allow any moving highlights in your image to blur whilst freezing the image in the foreground fairly sharp, creating a sense of movement in your image.
The easiest way to remember the difference between the two settings is:
Select Rear Curtain Sync and it will capture the movement at the end of the subjects motion, selecting Front Curtain Sync freezes movement from the beginning.
Electronic Through The Lens (ETTL)
Using the automatic setting when starting out with a flash is sometimes the best option. This is essentially the auto mode for flashes and should be used that way. ETTL technology proves to be a fantastic option whenever you are shooting with the EF-X500 flash on the move and want your Fujifilm X-Series camera to do