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Flash issue please help

JohnE Nikon

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"RE: Flash issue please help"

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Sun 13-Feb-11 07:11 PM | edited Sun 13-Feb-11 07:27 PM by JohnE Nikon

I just finished reviewing 215 images I shot with my external flash at a birthday party yesterday.
My conclusions are:

1 I am inexperienced with flash photography and may have started this post prematurely.

2 > 85% of exposures were decently exposed using matrix metering and TTL-BL.

3 Using spot metering does convert TTL-BL to TTL. Thank you. Unfortunately I did not experiment with this and FV to determine If I would get better results. I will try.

4 I believe most of my confusion was with using relatively high F stops with an iso of 100 a full stop less than I ever used with the D5000 where I had a little more experience w my external flash.

5 With the D5000 indoors I would often use auto iso w/o flash and when I wanted flash I would often switch to the full green auto setting which opened up my aperture and upped my iso.

6 The communication w the ext flash gives indications of working. The iso, fstop, focal length and TTL or TTL-BL does show on flash.

7 Marty, I did not realize that distance info was recorded on flash. I just finished looking at it and sometimes it appeared that I only had 10' so I may have been out of range.

8 Also my flash is limited w re. to focal length. I also used my 10-24 mm zoom for some of the shots yesterday and a couple of these were underexposed although most were good. I think 24mm is the lower limits for my flash.

9 The upper f-stop is 11 on my flash so I assume if I put my f-stop to 22 the flash would not increase output anymore than at f-11.




The one thing that lingers in the back of my mind is; I believe I used to notice a preflash which I thought was used to determine flash intensity. I no longer see this.

Does anyone get a preflash? I never use red eye reduction so this is not the pre flash I used to notice.

Thanks again for your help.

BTW my new bargain priced 35-70 2.8 w AF -18 worked very well. I will keep the lens.





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