Flash Guns and Digital Cameras

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by EasyIT1, Feb 16, 2004.

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    EasyIT1 Guest

    Hi Folks,
    Digital cameras do not appear to have provision for flash guns. Do they have
    built-in flash lights or is it not required on these cameras? If the answer
    is no, how are photos taken in poor lighting conditions?
    EasyIT1, Feb 16, 2004
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    Larry Guest

    Small "pocket sized" cameras (Usually)dont have mounts for external
    flashes, but they have built in "Pop UP" Flashes.

    These little jobbers do a pretty good job of lighting up a room, but the
    flash is so close to the lens that any people or animals looking toward
    the camera tend to have "red-eye" so those little flashes have thier
    down side.

    Its not new to digital cameras, but it seems to be more common.

    Larry, Feb 16, 2004
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    Lionel Guest

    Depends on the camera. My DSLR has a standard SLR flash shoe, my little
    Powershot has an internal flash, & no facility for an external flash.
    Depends on the camera.
    The short answer is "They aren't". In other words, you don't use such
    cameras in poor lighting conditions.
    Lionel, Feb 16, 2004
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    Many digital cameras have built in flash guns, some (very expensive)top of
    the range have flash connections.

    Its mainly very cheap ones that have no provision for flash.
    Neil Ellwood, Feb 16, 2004
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    AArDvarK Guest

    It's true the little inbuilt flashes are insufficient.
    So there is a way to get "big flash" on a d-ps but
    it requires the further expenditure of money ...

    You'd need three things, a flash, a hot-shoe slave,
    and a flash bracket-handle with a dead shoe and a
    tripod screw so it will mount to the camera. Or
    no slave, but get a slave flash, which has a slave
    built in, a few companies make them.

    The slave will be triggered by the camera's inbuilt
    flash and hence trigger the large flash in the same
    instant, during exposure.

    If you don't want the effective addition of the
    camera's flash in the picture, go to a film developer
    and ask for a peice of black exposed and developed
    slide film (only). Cut out a small peice just enough
    to cover the flash lens with tape. It acts as a filter
    that mostly only allows infra-red light through it,
    which is what the slave will be triggered by ... make

    There is a possible problem. If your camera fires
    a pre-flash in order to set white balance, this will
    fire the large flash too early, same problem with
    red-eye reduction. But there is a company that
    makes a slave-flash that has a setting exactly for
    this problem.

    If you need links to products, reply, or do your
    own 'net searching.
    AArDvarK, Feb 16, 2004
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    Bill Guest

    I don't know what cameras you have looked at, but most digital cameras have
    built-in flash at least. And many, such as mine, have control for flash
    intensity andn type of flash (auto, red-eye reduction, slow synch, slow
    synch with red-eye). And I also have a hot shoe for use with an external
    flash, which I use if I need a more powerful flash, or for bounce lighting
    or when using my wide angle lens.

    Bill, Feb 16, 2004
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    Alan Terry Guest

    Why the third? - it's just an encouragement to have the flash in the
    worst possible position (ie near the camera).

    Flash + slave trigger is sufficient and has the advantage of forcing you
    to decide where to have the flash.

    In the following I used this set up with the separate flash positioned
    to the right and the onboard flash just providing fill-in:

    Alan Terry, Feb 16, 2004
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    KBob Guest

    You can also get a small length of red litho tape (or cellophane) and
    fix it to the flash for this--basically anything that will tend to
    kill most of the visible content.
    KBob, Feb 16, 2004
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    Ron Zeis Guest

    We have had six digital cameras. They all are Olympus: D450 - Internal
    only, C700UZ - Internal and external port, C2100UZ - Internal and external
    port, C2500I - Internal and External with hot shoe, C750UZ - Internal and
    external hot shoe, and E20P - Internal and external hot shoe. The D450Z is
    basically a point and shoot, and most users of these would probably never
    care to add a flash. The others were aimed at more advanced users, who
    would be more likely to experiment with their cameras, and add an external
    flash, as well as other addons. You will find the same scenerio with other
    venders, especially companies such as Nikon, Canon, Minolta, etc. that have
    a large presence in film. You just have to check the specs on a camera
    before you purchase.

    Ron Zeis, Feb 17, 2004
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