Got that burning "itch" again!
No, do not be silly, it's not that one. :p
The "I want a new part added to my optical inventory" itch. Every photography victim of their manufacture has this. Some worse than others. You find a problem ... and you break out the wallet and solve it. Consumerism at its finest. If everyone did it ... I am pretty sure we'd all be broke.
Rationale: After photographing the indoor, college basketball games, I am finding myself rather limited with the darn indoor lighting ... I am willing to take the next step and get the consummate "fire-starter", the Metz mecablitz 76 (see "My Gear List", 'el WISH LIST' - near the bottom. Click on the flash's name).
This bad boy is like being 'punch drunk' and someone keeps wailing on you, but you cannot see who they are. Just flashes and purple haze, when you close your eyes. :eek: :cool: :eek: :cool: :D
Anyway ... it is the end of 2009, Q4 ... otherwise known as "Christmas" ... and I will find out if it makes its way here. C'mon Secret Santa! Attachment 50746
I can just hear them now ...
Attachment 50745 "OMG ... I can't see! Attachment 50747 And, put out that drape! It's on fire!" :eek:
What lights up your wallet?
Technologically, this represents superior firepower, indoors. No matter how great the glass, f/2.8 is just still just ... f/2.8! Where in the heck are you going to get all the extra light from? At f/1.8, I was feeling kind of light starved. You need a powerful reach, sometimes, and this kicks bootie in that regard.
Basically, that's just $1000 for the base flash. It actually is a heck of lot worse than that, with:
- the external recharge power pack, $400
- cables, $45
- 3-yr anti-drop insurance policy, $180
- the custom manufacturer matching TTL-interface. $85
- Slave Module $65
All totaled ... $1780
Yeah, easily the price of a CZ 16-35mm f/2.8 lens! The CZ 24-70mm f/2.8 is cheap, @ $1600, by comparison. :D
When you are shooting 50-feet away from your subject ... the HVL-F58AM just does not have the "oomph" to get out there. Plus, the darn thing overheats after ten consecutive full-power shots and eats batteries at an incredible rate. Thirty-feet is really pushing it. This Metz "bad-boy" is said to "light the house", so I think am going to find out.
While the 24-70 is just one lens, this 'micro torch' works with ALL my lenses. I would have to say that's "a utilitarian power play." YMMV :rolleyes:
The light that causes rainbows ...
Again ... this has been a choice for a long time. You get torn when you see the problem and want a resolution. I may have been a bit premature ... but, that still remains to be seen. The pressure is off, for a good month ... until school starts up, again.
Maybe I'll delay this for a lit bit. See what falls out. :o