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Old Mar 24, 2007, 7:15 PM   #1
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I just got my new EX430 yesterday, and used it and my 20D (with 17-40 f/4) to take some photos in a dimly lit bar. I typically shoot in aperture priority mode, but found that the camera was recommending a shutter speed below 1/10th of a second, despite being set to f4 and ISO 800-1600. Normally, this would be accurate, but as an external flash newbie, I was under the impression that the camera would take my flash into consideration while metering.

I switched to manual mode, and after a few test shots, I was getting excellent results at 1/60 - 1/100 at f4 and ISO 800-1600.

I checked the manual for my flash, but I can't seem to make heads or tails of it. Is there a setting on the camera or the flash that I'm missing?

Thanks in advance!!

-Danny
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Old Mar 24, 2007, 9:12 PM   #2
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I switched to manual mode, and after a few test shots, I was getting excellent results at 1/60 - 1/100 at f4 and ISO 800-1600...
-> This is the correct way to use flash!

In any other of the Auto mode the camera will try to expose for the ambient light instead and then the flash just does a fill
i.e. the flash is always on auto including the manual mode!

BTW you can also do a Flash Exposure Lock (FEL) in any mode by pressing the rear AE (*) button :idea:
-> This will emit a pre-flash burst where the camera can meter on (usually the center partial metering area)
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