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Old Sep 19, 2004, 1:48 AM   #1
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I just bought a SB-30 flash for my Coolpix 4500 and I'm not terribly pleased with the results: The images have an artificialcast from the flash. Slow-syncing helps the colour, however the shutter by definition stays open longer - thereby giving me a blurrier photo.

I borrowed my friend's SB-28 which has a swiveling head and bounced the light off the ceiling. My photos were unbelieveable. Colour was correct and no flash-back-shadowing. Not to mention super sharp even at handheld macro.

I am thinking that my problem is that the flash head does not swivel coupled with the lack of power.

My questions are: Is there something I can do to my SB-30 flash that can make it half useful? Am I doing something wrong? Should I be looking into purchasing a new flash and selling my SB-30?

Some photos using the SB-28:

http://pushingtheenvelope.ca/today/corn.jpg

http://pushingtheenvelope.ca/today/guitar.JPG

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Thank you, Yitz
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Old Sep 19, 2004, 10:53 AM   #2
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Ywoolf wrote:
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I just bought a SB-30 flash for my Coolpix 4500 and I'm not terribly pleased with the results: The images have an artificialcast from the flash. Slow-syncing helps the colour, however the shutter by definition stays open longer - thereby giving me a blurrier photo.
I am not sure the SB-30 operate in ttl with your camera (but the SB-80 yes). may be that`s the problem. Anyway, you havetake adifficult shot as example (macro plus direct flash plus shiny items as the guitar pic)



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I borrowed my friend's SB-28 which has a swiveling head and bounced the light off the ceiling. My photos were unbelieveable. Colour was correct and no flash-back-shadowing. Not to mention super sharp even at handheld macro.
The SB-80 is no comparison to the SB-30 IMO.

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My questions are: Is there something I can do to my SB-30 flash that can make it half useful? Am I doing something wrong? Should I be looking into purchasing a new flash and selling my SB-30?
IMO, if you can afford, get a SB-80.
Or, like me with my CP950, get a third party Nikon Dedicated ttl flash (just the Nikon dedicated in the film camera times) , it would be much less expensive for the same features.








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