Digital Imaging and Printing
Stuff I have tried:
- Olympus D-600L: The white balance can't be adjusted on this camera and all of the intra-oral images had a blue cast. Also, this camera has difficulty focusing in low light situations, making focusing for intra-oral shots difficult.
- Olympus C-2500L
- Ring Flashes:
- RF-50: Doesn't require a hot-shoe attachment but can't control the intensity of the flash. Images got washed out.
- RF-50 as modified by Rx Video: Rx Video added a rheostat to control the flash intensity. This worked well, until my unit stopped working. When I called Rx Video to replace it, they told me that they had a better flash that they recommended for use with the Olympus 2500L - the Sunpak auto DX 12R.
- Sunpak auto DX 12R: Worked well except that because it is so powerful, I had to set my camera on the fastest shutter speed (1/10,000 of a second) to get reasonable images. The diameter of the ring is relatively large, and the lighting tended to be slightly uneven for the intra-oral shots. After speaking with a representative of Sunpak, his opinion was that Rx Video misled me in purchasing the 12R. (Based upon my experience with Rx Video, this did not come as a great surprise). He told me that the 12R is much too powerful for intra-oral use, and I should be using the 8R.
My current setup is as follows (I have no financial interest in any of the companies or products listed here):
- Kodak P712. The settings that they program in for C1 and C2 have a blue cast. I had to adjust the white balance to get the color to look correct.
Image Template for printing (for correspondence with referrals, etc.)
This is how I take photos of the panorexes on this site (shown with the Olympus C-2500L, but now using the Kodak):