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Old Jul 14, 2003, 2:20 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a SB-50DX external flash for my D100 and have not been able to get good results when just using in point and shoot mode (auto everything). Anything more than about 15 feet away is underexposed. I normally use a a nikkor 28-105 lens.

My questions are:
How do I get better results when just pointing and shooting with the external flash? Is this just the limitation of this flash?

What is the best way to manually control the power of the flash so that I can get better results when shooting subjects 20 to 50 feet away?

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Old Jul 15, 2003, 10:45 AM   #2
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I recently purchased a SB-50DX external flash for my D100 and have not been able to get good results when just using in point and shoot mode (auto everything). Anything more than about 15 feet away is underexposed. I normally use a a nikkor 28-105 lens.

My questions are:
How do I get better results when just pointing and shooting with the external flash? Is this just the limitation of this flash?


CHECK THE LCD DISPLAY ON THE BACK OF THE FLASH BEFORE YOU SHOOT, DOES IT DISPLAY THE COVERAGE DISTANCE? ANOTHER WORDS, IT SHOUD DISPLAY THE FLASH COVERAGE RANGE FOR MINIMUM DISTANCE TO MAXIMUM DISTANCE (FROM CAMERA TO SUBJECT POSITION, DOES YOUR SUBJECT IN THIS RANGE?).

What is the best way to manually control the power of the flash so that I can get better results when shooting subjects 20 to 50 feet away?

THE BEST WAY TO HAVE THE BEST RESULT FORM THAT LONG DISTANCE IS TO MOVE THE FLASH OFF OF THE CAMERA AND PLACE NEAR THE SUBJECT, YOU CAN USE THE WIRELESS TTL OPTION FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY OR USING LONG DEDICATED FLASH CORD. IF YOU WANT TO USE MANUAL FLASH MODE, GET YOURSELF A FLASH METER (TO READ THE FLASH FROM THE SUBJECT POSITION). THE FLASH YOU USE (SB50DX) DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH POWER TO COVER THE RANGE OVER 20 AND UP TO 50FT ANYWAY, 20 FT MAYBE, BUT PRETTY MUCH HIT ITS CEILING OF FLASH COVERAGE.


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YOU CAN USE THE WIRELESS TTL OPTION FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY OR USING LONG DEDICATED FLASH CORD
Minor problem here:
http://www.nikon-image.com/eng/speed...ttl_system.pdf

SU-4's wireless controller note on 2nd page "TTL operation is not possible with D1 series or D100". You have to cancel the Monitor Pre-flash making it a true slave just like any cheap old photo eye... with the flash on manual or stick with the TTL cords!

There's always the Metz flash: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/product/...ME5412/REG/655
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Old Jul 15, 2003, 2:31 PM   #4
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NHL is probably correct since I don't have the D100, I have the Nikon F5 and the F100 and the SB-28DX, and I assume the D100 works with wireless TTL. Cheers
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I also have the SB-50DX and D100. You can not do "wireless"
TTL flash with this set up. You can however do off camera TTL
flash with a SC-17 sync cord. If you go wireless the flash will
only work in manual mode.

In a lot of situations I can get good results by setting the flash
exposure comp on the camera to +1.
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