DigiTek DFL 500T PRO & DSR 150 STD
Flash photography was something that I had a tough time getting to grips with and using for my commercial assignments. I’ve always enjoyed playing with the available light but adapting to flash and its usage has been quite liberating. I recently shot some portraits with the DFL 500T PRO Speedlite and was very impressed with the quality of flash that allowed me to achieve some really great results.
Light and Friendly
The first thing that makes you want to own the DFL 500T Pro Speedlite is the compact size. For someone like me, who prefers to travel light when off to a shoot, this comes as a blessing. It took me all of five minutes to get acquainted with the flash controls and I was up and running to take pictures with it for an assignment in no time.
While limited and simple, the menu functions are adequate. This makes the DFL 500T PRO Speedlite quite a tool for someone who often shoots with spontaneity.
My work requires me to constantly be on my toes to capture fleeting moments, that’s where the Speedlite becomes helpful. The startup time is incredibly swift, and the TTL function that I use with my Nikon worked seamlessly. The recycle time also, to my surprise, while set at power 1/8 or even 1/2, was quick. A bounce card, however, is perhaps the only feature I missed having in this flash.
For the price, the build quality and user friendly design is impressive. It can be a good addition to a photographer’s kit, especially if they are inclined to travel light.
A Tool for Stability
The sleek design of the DSR 150 STD makes the Splicing track a valuable addition to your video kit. The size is a definite plus making it very easy for me to travel and carry it around as opposed to the bulkier, much bigger sliders that I’ve used in the past.
I used my Manfrotto head to fix the camera on as it doesn’t come with a head of its own. Its aluminum alloy body makes it sturdy. The Splicing track has a convey weight of 8kg, and I found that
one can easily mount a heavy body with a heavier lens and manage to get stable and smooth shots.
The real test however, was when I had to use a tripod to mount the slider where using a heavier lens wouldn’t otherwise fetch me the same results, nonetheless having two tripods on either ends did the job well. The ease of use of the adjustable feet was quite helpful for those ground shots.
At 13600mm, the DSR 150 STD offers a decent sliding length to help produce cinematic moving shots. What is also interesting is the option to extend the length of the device by adding extra rods.
It is further equipped with 1/4 and 3/8 screws which makes it easy for one to switch devices. Besides creating smooth movements, the splicing track produces close to no sound.
With its powerful load capacity, the DSR 150 STD is an essential product for anyone who shoots videos extensively.