Nikon Coolpix 4500 Built-in Flash

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Tom Kinter, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. Tom Kinter

    Tom Kinter Guest

    Hi,

    I realize that my question may be too general, but I am just wondering
    if others have problems with the CoolPix 4500 built-in flash not having
    enough illuminating power. I'm usually disappointed with my flash
    pictures. Is this a common weakness or are some settings that can be
    suggested?

    Thanks very much for any help!

    Regards,
    Tom
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    Tom Kinter, Jan 23, 2004
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  2. I have a CP4500, and whilst the built-in flash is pretty weak, you can make some
    changes.
    Try setting the ISO to 400. That will give you some more range, and may be
    enough for your purposes. (There will be an increase in noise though.)
    (My other camera is a 10D with a 550EX - that combo has some welly!!)
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Jan 23, 2004
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  3. Tom Kinter

    Ed Ruf Guest

    First realize the flash is only designed for a fairly short range,
    check the specs. From the fabulous manual:

    Equipped with automatic pop-up Built-in Speedlight
    Range W: 0.5 -1.6 m (1´8½" - 5´3½")
    T: 0.5 - 3 m (1´8½" - 9´10½")

    Next, you can increase the power of the flash some by changing the
    power setting in the Speedlight menu option. You can also set higher
    ISO. Finally
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    Ed Ruf, Jan 23, 2004
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  4. Tom Kinter

    AArDvarK Guest

    I have the old Nikon 950 and the same problem
    of it's insufficient flash. There are options such
    as the SK-E900 dedicated flash bracket and a
    compatible Nikon flash. But* I am not willing
    to pay those exhorbitant prices, so I am looking
    at other ideas in the way of a cheap flash bracket
    with a dead shoe, sold at most basic camera
    stores, and a shoe slave module that will attach
    the the dead shoe and it has it's own hot shoe
    for an external flash. Flashes can be pretty cheap
    and so can the slave modules, such as this one:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2982123488&category=48515
    My flash is a Sunpak 444D and it has all it's
    own settings. But any basic flash can be used
    if the camera is set according the flashe's guide
    number which includes distance, aperture and
    ISO. It can all be extrapolated, which means
    you can place the camera at any distance from
    the subject.

    The slave unit senses the camera's flash as it
    fires and triggers the external flash to fire in
    the exact same instant, no dedication needed.
    You would want a slave that has a setting
    switch for which flash fire fire from, 1st or
    2nd, as your 9500 may fire a pre-flash to auto
    set the white balance before it shoots the image.

    It's all cheaper this way, though I have not
    done it yet.
     
    AArDvarK, Jan 24, 2004
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  5. I've given up using my 4500 for flash photos; weak flash and
    the horrible delay from shutter release to actual exposure. I bought
    an N80 film camera for photos of my grandkids, since I've got
    Nikon lenses I've been saving for a full-frame Nikon digital SLR.
    As long as I'm complaining; the darn stencilled-on lettering on
    the buttons of the Coolpix are wearing off. I've noticed my new
    N80 also has stencilled-on lettering. What needs to be done to
    keep these from wearing off? Clear fingernail polish??

    E. Eugene Herbert

    Does your State pay lawyers to sue it? Alabama does!
     
    E. Eugene Herbert, Jan 28, 2004
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