Now I gave up on DSLR's some time ago with my move to Fujifilm X series compacts and have never really missed the bigger cameras, until recently when I found that the cameras couldn't do something I wanted them to do, so time to think of a new camera! the thing I wanted them to do was to trigger my studio flash units while the camera was in 'burst mode', unfortunately when in this mode the hotshoe is disconnected. For me the DSLR is a dead format and there is no way I was going back to this style of cameras, so I started looking at other Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSC). perhaps the obvious choice would have been another Fujifilm offering, but I honestly didn't really like anything currently on offer and the brand I kept returning to was the Olympus range. So to try this out for a reasonably modest outlay a secondhand E-M5 was found with the two part battery grip, which I mated to the 12-50mm lens. Now I'd be the first to admit that I found the menu system to be far to complex for my liking and the level of customisation is very impressive, and after a few week of ownership I feel I'm still only slowly coming to terms with everything on offer, but it is an enjoyable small camera to use coupled with very impressive results picture wise. Now this is an older model now superseded by the MkII, but I feel this one will be fine for a few years yet. I'm also pleased enough with the result to consider investing in some of Olympus's Pro range of lenses and on my shopping list is the 40-150mm F2.8 with 1.4x tel-convertor and the 7-14mm F2.8; the former for studio and perhaps a bit of wildlife action & the latter for landscape and architecture.
I've had a couple of questions about Bowens Flashtubes in the last few days, even though I really know nothing about their products, other than I've used them a few times over the years. Well I don't want to start a Bowens pages, so contacts for repair in the UK are;
Brian Chapman studio Flash Repairs
Clive Christian - Camera Repairer - also was(is?) the authorised Multiblitz repair agent.
In the EU for flash tubes the German Company Flashtubes EU would seem to be able to supply 'compatible' tubes for many recent models and brands.
With the Multiblitz web site(s) now gone, I've also added to the 'Manual' page as much information I could glean regarding the main Worldwide Distributors as at the time of liquidation, plus some of the Service Centers - this may not be complete, but for the distributors there are links (if available) to their web sites & hopefully they'll offer some ongoing support for spares and the like!
The above is just a Word document with active links for the Distribution & names and addresses for the Service Centers.
Just bought one of these to play with although I don't have a camera which can utilise the advanced functions (yet). More can be found in the Elinchrom part of my Photographic Section.
Looking online today, I found I could no longer get to any of the Multiblitz Web sites, which is perhaps to be expected. However, one of the areas that I used quite a bit over the years has been the download section for old manuals. this has been to answer questions or even when I've been buying older units. Anyway as I thought this would happen I've added a page to my Multiblitz section for Manuals so there are at least some available copies! I didn't manage to get them all before the site disappeared, but I've got quite a few, plus I could also try to 'pdf' some that I've got here (if I can find them) of some older units and perhaps some old advertising I may have.
Looking on the Harrison Cameras site as I do now and again, I was a bit bemused to see that all the Multiblitz pages (for flash heads) were blank, but having now seen several reports of Multiblitz going into liquidation this would seem to be the reason why! So after 69 year of production, with my personal use of their kit covering near 40 of them, they are to be no more :-(
Lighting Rumours reports that an email was sent to distributors in which they said :
"...We deeply regret to inform you that the intention to continue with the Multiblitz company under new ownership could not be implemented last week.
After almost 70 years we must say farewell to the photo industry. We thank you for your trust and the great collaboration during the past years and wish you all the best from your business..."
Always sad to see an established company go, but perhaps not too unexpected in this case.
More details within the Elinchrom Studio Flash page, but initially, I'm feeling very positive about this purchased. Supplied by www.morco.uk.com who say they are probably the cheapest Elinchrom retailer in the UK - they certainly were for this item and provided great service as well, I'll look forward to dealing with them again in the near future.
As you may be aware, a little time ago (actually nearly a year now) I decided to get a more powerful flash head and eventually settled on a Multiblitz Profilite 500. However, over the months I've decided this didn't really meet my needs and perhaps my expectations, so after a lot of procrastination I decided to splash out on a Multiblitz X5 - but I was horrified to find out that it had gone up in price over £300 since I last looked, indeed all of the heads on the Harrison Cameras site have been increased by large amounts! Well I still want a 500ws head, but with faster recycling time, shorter flash duration and so on, indeed all the areas where the Profilite 500 falls down - Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 500 is now on order, so look out for info on how I get on with that in my Elinchrom Studio Flash page in due course - plus perhaps a bit of a rant in my Multiblitz Studio Flash page as well.
Held the very last session yesterday (10th September) with the two attendees from last weeks session also in attendance, but have now closed and deleted the group from Meetup. All in all a bit of a waste of my time over the last few months, but I guess you just have to chalk it up to experience! May even try organising another group at some stage in the future, but try and make it appeal to a wider segment of the amateur photographic population...
For the penultimate session - 'Plymouth Studio Photography Club 101' is due to close later this month - I revisited the freezing water splashes, so it was an outdoor session. However, as the weather was great on Saturday and I was using my smaller flash heads (they have the shortest flash duration) I was fighting the sun, so ended up rigging a studio out side - even to the extent of having a large tarpaulin over the whole set-up. No pictures for this session from me as it was all about making sure those attending enjoyed themselves and had ample picture taking time. Wonderful to have some people attending and they're up for the last session next week, where we'll be having a go at both the water and smoke trails again - results from the previous sessions can be seen in the At Play Gallery.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.