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Flash issue please help

JohnE Nikon

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"Flash issue please help"

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Sat 12-Feb-11 01:47 AM

I have a vivitar DF-383 external flash.
In preparation for a kids birthday party tomorrow I wanted to get more comfortable with it.
I was experimenting with flash lock and different sync modes. In the process somehow I experimented with load and save settings.

My flash no longer preflashes and seems to underexpose. I think the on-board flash also is underexposing. My flash reads TTL-BL.
I used the flash yesterday and it did preflash and gave me proper and nearly overexposure. The flash still seems to work on my D5000.
I compared pictures from D5000 to 7000 w same focal length, iso, shutter speed, f stop and distance to subject. There is a significant underexposure.
I try to reset everything the 2 green i buttons and the shooting menu reset.
Did the load save settings do anything? Can it be undone? Do I need to send camera to Nikon? Could the external flash have harmed camera and yet still function and still properly expose on D5000?
Does non Nikon external flash void warrant?

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Date Shot: 2/11/2011 21:26:08.00
Time Zone and Date: UTC-5, DST:ON
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Camera Info
Device: Nikon D7000
Lens: 35-70mm F/2.8D
Focal Length: 48mm
Focus Mode: AF-S
AF-Area Mode: Single
AF Fine Tune: ON(-18)
Aperture: F/9
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Exposure Mode: Manual
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Exposure Tuning:
Metering: Matrix
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100
Device: Built-in Flash
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Flash Mode: i-TTL-BL, 0EV
Image Settings
White Balance: Auto1, 0, 0
Color Space: sRGB
Long Exposure NR: OFF
Active D-Lighting: OFF
Image Authentication:
Vignette Control:
Auto Distortion Control: OFF
Picture Control
Picture Control: STANDARD
Quick Adjust: 0
Sharpening: 3
Contrast: 0
Brightness: 0
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0

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