Paul C. Buff “Einstein” Lighting Test
I bought a used Paul C. Buff “Einstein” (model E640) studio strobe just before Christmas; the package arrived on New Year’s Eve. So far I really like it; I’ve been trying different settings, modifiers, distances and so forth. I took this self-portrait with 2 lights: the Einstein, plus an inexpensive speedlight. Here’s the setup:
- Subject distance from both lights ≈ 8′
- Einstein is to subject front & left, ~7′ up, with a 43″ silver “bounce” umbrella angled at subject
- Yongnuo YN 560 III is to subject front & right, ~5′ up, with LumiQuest Softbox III aimed at subject
- Einstein is set to 5600K at ƒ/-5.0
- Yongnuo is set to 1⁄32 power & 24mm focal length
- Camera distance from subject ≈ 1 meter (3′ 3″)
- Lens = Leica Tele-Elmarit-M 90mm ƒ/2.8 Nr. 11 800
- ISO = 160
- Shutter speed = 1⁄180 second
- Aperture = ƒ/2.8
The images are 80% quality JPEGs with basic tonal adjustments.
You can read my review of the LumiQuest Softbox III here.
M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.