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Old Dec 8, 2006, 5:01 PM   #1
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I keep reading that the flash recycle time depends on the freshness of the batteries and the distance to the subject.

I'm assuming that the recycle time time will be quicker when the subject is closer???

Please corrct me if I'm wrong.

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Old Dec 8, 2006, 6:41 PM   #2
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Yes, you're right. If the subject is closer to the camera, the flash doesn't need to fire with as much power to properly illuminate the subject. If the flash doesn't consume as much power, then it will have a shorter recycle time. Keep in mind that the illumination of the subject follows an inverse-square rule: if the subject is twice as far away, it will take four times as much light to give a proper exposure. For a subject three times as far away, it will take nine times as much light. That's why most compact digicams flashes are only good to about 8 or 10 feet. Beyond that distance, these small flashes can't put out enough light for proper exposure. There are some exceptions in small cameras, but most of them don't have very good range for their flashes.
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Old Dec 9, 2006, 10:55 AM   #3
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I have the S1IS and hate my flash recycle times, probably cause my rechargeables are older. But if you are aware then you know to wait for the best shot.
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Thanks for the info, guys!
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