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Old Oct 27, 2004, 7:07 PM   #1
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All my indoor flash pictures come out dark unless I do a FE Lock on something black in the photo then take the picture. Is anyone else having same problem?
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Old Oct 27, 2004, 9:01 PM   #2
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What metering mode?

What camera mode? M? Tv? Av?

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Old Oct 28, 2004, 7:47 AM   #3
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All my indoor flash pictures come out dark unless I do a FE Lock on something black in the photo then take the picture. Is anyone else having same problem?
If the overall scene is bright, ie a white wall as background for example, the pictures will come out underexposed... just the way the camera works

BTW what lens did you use, because this will also affect the camera exposure on the 20D!
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Old Oct 29, 2004, 12:15 AM   #4
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I think I have the same problem. For some reason when take a wide angle shot, like this one in the living room, using automatic mode with flash, it came out very dark , not SHARP and very blurry?
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You have a different problem here, this is a BIG room... Are you using an external flash or the built-in ?

Even with a 550EX the Guide Number is cut in half (55 to 28 ) when the angle of coverage is increased to 24mm:
http://www.pbase.com/canon550ex/image/23295788/original

-> The built-in flash will not cut it (note the near objects are well exposed)! :idea:
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I am using the built in flash may be thats why. If the living room has enough lighting , would that be ok using the bulit-in flash?

What model of canon external flash do you recommend?

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Old Oct 29, 2004, 1:22 PM   #7
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In automatic mode the camera probably picks the shutterspeed based on the ambient light, not the flash light. Is that right NHL? I don't have my camera in front of me to test it. If so that'll account for blurry pictures too.

Try this. Set the camera to manual mode and pick say 1/60s shutter speed and the widest aperture you can set with your lens. Then take another picture with the flash.

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I'd like you to try this, Put your camera in P mode, leave all settings as original. Evalulative metering. Set the iso up to 400 if you want, but not necessary. select the center point for focussing. Now focuse on anything dark or black in your room, (it might not focus on something to dark but that don't matter yet) then push the FE Lock button (looks like this * ) Now focuse on anything you want to in the room and take picture. weather I used the built in flash or my 420ex picture would come out properly exposed. Maybe even a little too bright, but only a little. I sent my camera back because I think this should not be necessary, stay in touch and I'll let you know if the replacement I get is better.
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Let's just say auto
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I will definitely try that tongiht also. Will post picture later tonight. Thanks for the advise.

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