Following the first overview of the flash EF-X500, I met with my colleague and X-Photographer Simone Raso to put the new flashes to the test on location by photographing the basketball player Tommy Marino.
Tommy is a great model: aside from being a good looking guy, he is at ease in front of the camera. To take these shots, Simone and I used a X-T2 and, for lenses, the XF16-55mmF2.8, XF56mmF1.2 and XF10-24mmF4. All the shots were taken in High Speed Sync with times between 1/800 and 1/2000 to block the movements of action in the shots, and above all, to eliminate the ambient light of the hall that we were working in. Another reason for using the High Speed Sync was to use the XF56mmF1.2 wide open, to have a creamy bokeh, but without having the disruption of the ambient light that was present.
We used some Rogue Flashbenders to control the light; in some cases as a softbox to soften the light and in other cases as a snoot to avoid the light from going to places where we didn’t want it. The results are those which you see and in my opinion it’s very interesting that all the shots were taken in TTL with a completely automatic light control.
The EF-X500s are easy to use and have an excellent automatic control. If, however, you were to find yourself in difficult situations and had the time to work calmly, obviously you can choose to switch to manual and control the light to the finest detail.