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Old Sep 13, 2005, 4:47 PM   #1
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I have an DMC-FZ20 and I just bought an external flash (Metz Mecablitz 36 C-2) to use with it. I did several practice shots outdoors and noticed a definite improvement over the built-in flash, and overall I thought I had made a good purchase.


I was shooting indoors and realized that when you cut down the shutter speed to make it suitable for flash photography, you can't see a damn thing through the viewfinder. It doesn't gain up in low light. I knew this beforehand but just didn't realize that this would make things complicated even with an external flash; even if you have the best unit available, you're shooting blind.

Does anyone know a way around this? Like telling the camera that "look, man, I've got a flash, it'll be fine. Just let me see what I'm photographing". Opting for a slower shutter speed enables you to use the viewfinder but then the picture will be ruined.

The FZ20 has a hotshoe, but if you're thinking of going for an external flash, you should consider the limitations of the camera.

-Tuure from Finland
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Old Sep 13, 2005, 6:02 PM   #2
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Try aperture priority. You'll be stuck at 1/60 shutter speed, but you will be able to compose.
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