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    Default EXIF readers for external flash

    I use Lightroom for all of my cataloging, tagging and sorting requirements, however the EXIF data displayed is rather basic. It doesn't, for instance, show you any details about external flash other than Did fire or Did not fire.

    So what are you using to read your EXIF? I'd like to be able to see what Flash Compensation I've used in particular.

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    I'm not sure if FEC is displayed in Adobe Bridge or not? I use predominantly XnView (free, fast and very customizable) and sometimes I'll use BreezeBrowser Pro and both these display FEC settings used in the EXIF data.

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    Cheers Rich.

    I also found this Plugin for Lightroom that enables a whole host of EXIF info to be shown..
    http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsA...fMetaLrPlugin/

    Going to give that a whirl.

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    Try using the latest version of DPP Canon software available for free download from Canon. You may have to set FEC in camera though rather than on the flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Blyth View Post
    I also found this Plugin for Lightroom that enables a whole host of EXIF info to be shown..
    http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsA...fMetaLrPlugin/
    Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing Adam.

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    Try using the latest version of DPP Canon software available for free download from Canon. You may have to set FEC in camera though rather than on the flash.
    I set FEC in camera (easier to use the wheel on the camera than the buttons on my 430EX ) and it shows in both the applications I mention, don't know if it makes any difference to set it on the flash. I'll have to give it a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Randall View Post
    Try using the latest version of DPP Canon software available for free download from Canon. You may have to set FEC in camera though rather than on the flash.
    I'm still processing my Oly images

    FEC in camera you say? That makes sense, I alwys do it on the flash.. I'll have to investigate how to do it in camera on the 7D.

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    FEC in camera Is as easy to manipulate as EC there is to much fiddling to be changing output on the actual flash unit itself.

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    Breeze browser shows this info and there are various freeware Exif readers, that are more or less clunky to use. Breezebrowser is great for reviewing and culling images, the rendering of the shot in the preview is excellent.

    Regarding adjusting the flash, you've got the 580EXII, far easier IMO to change comp on the flash, just hit the centre button and turn the dial up and down, no menus or mucking around to get to the settings, FEC is shown in 1/3 stops directly on the flash LCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisRoss View Post
    Regarding adjusting the flash, you've got the 580EXII, far easier IMO to change comp on the flash, just hit the centre button and turn the dial up and down, no menus or mucking around to get to the settings, FEC is shown in 1/3 stops directly on the flash LCD.
    Which is currently what I do. I've been reading the manual about changing the FEC through the camera (7D), it would appear to be far easier (read quicker) to continue to adjust this directly through the flash.

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    On the 40D I find it much easier to do it through the camera. Hit the ISO button on top of the camera then instead of rotating the little wheel on top to adjust the ISO, rotate the large wheel on the back to change FEC. No need to remove your hands from the normal position they're in whilst holding the camera and you can see the settings as you change them through the viewfinder.

    It can't get any easier than that!

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    That sounds like a neat little shortcut, I'll have to check that out on the 7D.

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    Thats how I adjust on the 5D too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Hall View Post
    On the 40D I find it much easier to do it through the camera. Hit the ISO button on top of the camera then instead of rotating the little wheel on top to adjust the ISO, rotate the large wheel on the back to change FEC. No need to remove your hands from the normal position they're in whilst holding the camera and you can see the settings as you change them through the viewfinder.

    It can't get any easier than that!
    OK that's easier than on the 1DMkII, FEC is hidden away on that model. The 580EX appears to be easier to adjust on flash than the 430 though.
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