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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Guys... I believe max flash synch on the d3200 is 1/200.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottinPollock View Post
    Guys... I believe max flash synch on the d3200 is 1/200.
    Good call, that may be the problem.
    @adot45 Set your shutter speed to 1/200s and try same photo again.
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    I at least have learned how to set the ISO myself and I guess that's something.
    I just took pictures at 200 400 800 1600 and 3200 they were becoming lighter but still indistinguishable as pictures......and all the bottoms were clipped off. When I went to transfer them to the folder on my desktop, I got "Catastrophic failure" message so don't have them. This has rapidly become unfun.
    I don't want to take up any more of anyone's time with this. There is no doubt in my mind that I could produce good photographs with this flash and my old Photomic T's but that was then and this is now.
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by adot45 View Post
    I at least have learned how to set the ISO myself and I guess that's something.
    I just took pictures at 200 400 800 1600 and 3200 they were becoming lighter but still indistinguishable as pictures......and all the bottoms were clipped off. When I went to transfer them to the folder on my desktop, I got "Catastrophic failure" message so don't have them. This has rapidly become unfun.
    I don't want to take up any more of anyone's time with this. There is no doubt in my mind that I could produce good photographs with this flash and my old Photomic T's but that was then and this is now.
    This forum exists for the sole reason of being able to help one another out.... Let's keep at it, I want to see that ring flash in action producing some good images for you.

    Go back to ISO 100, ƒ16, and try a shutter speed of 1/200. Before taking any more shots, put your card back in the camera and format it to try and clear up any errors it may have on it.
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  5. #15
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    First of all, shutter speed is unimportant for macro flash, working distance, aperture, and ISO are all that matter. I still think you're having a flash sync issue (shutter closing before flash reaches full output). So slow it down (it won't affect exposure), your light is coming from the duration of the flash and not the length of time the shutter is open. Try 1/100.

    Start at ISO 100. If that is too dark open the aperture.

    BTW, What power levels are available on the flash, and what do you have it set to currently?
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  6. #16
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Ok... after a little research... this is not a flash, but an LED ring lite with some kind of auto flash "MODE". Who knows how long it takes to come up to power, and what the "auto" settings are doing.

    Put it in manual, output full, and test at 1/60, iso 100, f16 and see what you get.

    Or better yet, get a real flash. This thing would be behaving the same way on your photomics.
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    OK, took the dog around the block and feel like tackling this again. I appreciate your help guys, really. I made the adjustments as suggested and may see a light at the end of the tunnel. Also changed the subject to one less reflective and I think that may have helped too.

    Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash-4.jpg

    I had another picture but it was vertical....?
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    Nikon AF-S 18~55mm G
    Nikon AF-S 55~200mm G
    Nikon 40mm AF-S Micro Nikkor
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  8. #18
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Am trying to find where to change exp comp back to 0 right now 10 gauge....
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    D7100 w/Nikon AF-S 16-85 G w/Vello N-11 Grip
    Nikon AF 35~80mm D
    Nikon AF-S 18~55mm G
    Nikon AF-S 55~200mm G
    Nikon 40mm AF-S Micro Nikkor
    Nikon AF 70-300 1:4-5.6G
    Tamron 70~300 f/4~5.6 Di LD Macro

  9. #19
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottinPollock View Post
    Ok... after a little research... this is not a flash, but an LED ring lite with some kind of auto flash "MODE". Who knows how long it takes to come up to power, and what the "auto" settings are doing.

    Put it in manual, output full, and test at 1/60, iso 100, f16 and see what you get.

    Or better yet, get a real flash. This thing would be behaving the same way on your photomics.
    Interesting discovery on the "flash" / light.

    Do you have the manual for it? Does it say anything about sync or shutter speeds? It's very possible that your shutter is ahead of the light.

    Try Scott's suggestion of 1/60s shutter.

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  10. #20
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    Re: Vivitar DR-7000 LED Macro Ring Flash

    Quote Originally Posted by adot45 View Post
    Am trying to find where to change exp comp back to 0 right now 10 gauge....
    Press the i button in lower left of camera back, and use the joystick to navigate the settings screen.

    Set it to zero and try again at f11 and f8.

    Also, I think your flash has some kind of auto mode (can't much info on it online), and you don't want this thing trying to figure out the proper exposure so look to see if it can be set to manual; where you control its output level.





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