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Old Mar 15, 2005, 11:17 PM   #1
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I just bought the 300D and must say I am very impressed.

Quite often though, I have to shoot in very dim light (almost black in some cases). With my powershot A70, I'd just point the camera in the direction of the subject, the flash would go off and it would take the photo. Yes, some areas were under exposed, but you could still take a photo.

The other night I tried to do the same thing with the 300D but it really struggles to AF if the subject is more than a few meters away.

If I buy an external flash, will this solve the problem?

Any suggestions are welcome.

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Old Mar 16, 2005, 9:08 AM   #2
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If I buy an external flash, will this solve the problem?

Any suggestions are welcome.
Yes

... or an ST-E2: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/st-e2.shtml

-> but the cheapest option is to get a Sigma EF-500 DG Super and use its IR beam - This costs about the same as an ST-E2, but double as a flash as well and can still control multiple slave flashes just like an ST-E2 does by turning its output OFF
FYI - http://www.sigmaphoto.com/flashes/fl...57&navigator=1
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NHL,

I've been told the only downside to the Sigma is, i believe, the assist only works with the central focus point of the camera. So I've been told. I have the flash but have yet to use it in a dark enough area where the assist beam is needed. Every time I've used it I've had enough ambient light for focusing. I believe the Canon EF flashes are capable of using AF assist for all focus points.
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It's very true - The Sigma only illuminates the 5 center AF points and not the outer two which makes the 7 total...

However when you shoot with Flash don't you want to lock the exposure anyway on the center one only (hint: FEC lock and all this under/over exposure problems)?
-> the two outer ones do not get used often (ditto with the ST-E2 which doesn't have them either...), if at all

BTW I turn my IR beam OFF in the dark through the CF function - quite offensive to some people if one happened to be the targeted person... :evil:
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Thanks NHL and JohnG. This helps a great deal. I appreciate your suggestions.
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