>>I believe I used to notice a preflash... > >I don't think it's feasible to distinguish visually the >pre-flash as a separate pulse - the time lapse between it and >the actual flash is very short.
Brian, Thanks. I'm not sure what I was experiencing when I thought I had a preflash. I went back and checked EXIF data and red eye reduction was definitely off
I want to relabel my post;
"Rantings of a Madman."
Thanks for everyone's help.
Lessons learned: 1) It's usually not the equipment but user error. 2) Use spot exposure for TTL as opposed to TTL-BL 3) Flash cannot compensate for manually set exposure set up to underexpose. ie low iso high f stop high shutter speed
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga