When I used the built in flash with the 24-70mm lens last night there was a shadow in the image I thought it was my foot ! As I took a few more shots it was obvious that the shadow was from the flash hitting the end of the lens and casting a shadow in the image !! Anybody having this problem Please respond, Steve
Yes, it happens with certain lenses. You can remove the hood (helps a bit) and zoom out till it is gone. That or shoot so that that area can be cropped out or of course use an external flash. This is not a D800 thing. It happens will all interchangeable lens cameras with certain lenses. Happened with my Canon 7D as well.
Your D300 has 1.5x crop factor (smaller sensor) and it is likely that the shadow was never on the sensor. Like the other poster said it is not a D800 problem. If you want wide images without the shadow you will need to use external flash.
As the others have said, this is normal behaviour.
I don't have a D800 to check, but the D700 has a warning on page 374 in its manual about the risk of a shadow from the built-in flash at close distances with some lenses. Your 24-70mm is listed as needing care at focal lengths below 35mm.
Anybody who uses on-camera, forward-facing flash deserves what he gets. It's sad that Nikon was dumb enough to put an on-camera flash on this camera. That kind of thing belongs on CoolPix point-and-shoots, so your kids can have red-eye in your shapshots, not on a camera that pushes close to pro level territory.
The D800 has the same warning, Brian. And yes, on-camera flash can be useful for fill, provided you don't mind having a hole in your fill, but you can put a real flash into the flash shoe, which is what I do with my D3 if that becomes absolutely necessary. Fact is that with the capabilities of today's post-processing software, and with the dynamic range of recent digital cameras, fill-flash is pretty much an anachronism. Having the flash built into the camera just because you might need fill-flash once in a blue moon seems a bit excessive.
I love the pop-up flash for remote control of off-camera flashes.
Fill flash is definitely not an anachronism, although it may not be useful for your kind of subjects. It's absolutely useful for event shooting when you don't want to post-process every single image to raise the shadows or any time you need results straight out of the camera. But yes, you'd use a speedlight for that, not the pop-up.
Larry, I agree - I used my pop up flash with my D300 and I will use it with my D800. Sometimes I want just a little fill and don't need to use my SB-800. I also us the built in flash to control remotes. I like the option of using the built in or going with big flashes.
I would have been disappointed if Nikon did not put in a built in flash in the D800.
Sun 17-Jun-12 12:05 AM | edited Sun 17-Jun-12 12:05 AM by klrbee25
As everyone has said, it's helpful for controlling Nikons CLS systems. However, Nikon would have been much better off just putting radio transceivers in all the cameras and flashes. A minimal expense that would have paid dividends.