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Strobe Power Rating
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Arguably the most important feature for strobe choice is how powerful it is. The
power of any particular strobe is expressed as the
Guide NumberA number used to represent the illuminating power of a photographic flash for comparison of efficiency with other flash units..
corresponds to the
F-stopStandard unit of exposure. A means of expressing the illuminating power of a lens regardless of its focal length. (apertureThe variable diameter hole used to control the amount of light passing through a lens. setting) required to get the correct exposure at a
particular distance, and with a particular film speed. The standard adopted by most
manufacturers' brochures is the land guide number (which cannot be used for U/W
calculations) and is in metres with 100
ISOInternational Standards Organization (ISO). The method of film speed (sensitivity) classification developed for the American Standards Association (ASA) speed.
To determine the accuracy of the manufacturers stated
guide numbers we measured the output of all the strobes tested on a Minolta Flash meter IV which has a
known accuracy of one tenth of a stop (far more accurate than the shutterThe shutter is an integral part of all cameras. It opens to allow light through. The greater the range of shutter speeds a camera has the better. of your
camera!). You may not be surprised to see discrepancies between claimed, and actual, guide
numbers that we discovered on our test!
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