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Old Nov 9, 2004, 6:14 PM   #1
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want to know can i use a slave flash with nikon 3700.As this is a very compact camera so i cant have the flash power beyond 7 feet.and second this camera has no hot shoe or external flash option or connector.and finally what about exposure when working with a slave flash.
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Old Nov 9, 2004, 8:43 PM   #2
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want to know can i use a slave flash with nikon 3700.
Yes you can, and that's why they can sell slave flashes


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and second this camera has no hot shoe or external flash option or connector.
That's the reason why you have to use slave flash, they just need to « see » your camera flash burst, no need for electric connection, nothing else. They often came with a (simple) bracket to fix it to your camera tripod threaded hole.


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and finally what about exposure when working with a slave flash.
In theory, or academically speaking, you can't set for the best exposition, because your camera just have Programmed Auto exposure control . But it's not a bad new. You can just do some trial and error test and you will find the best way to use the slave flash.
The point is you better choose a slave flash that offer you several settings, like manual partial power, or auto mode with several aperture setting (although it will not be used as it should be) . With several setting of output power, you can find one which suit to your actual shooting condition.




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Old Nov 9, 2004, 8:57 PM   #3
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some old discusions:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=53

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...c.php?id=33353
you may find the recap document by Guisela inside that thread useful too:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/a...nt.php?id=4030

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=53




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The thing to be concerned about is whether the 3700 has a preflash...that will determine whether you can buy any slave flash, or if you have to spend a little more on a flash that can recognise the preflash.

For instance I use a flash (Metz 34-cs2 Digital) which actually has a switch to tell the flash whether I'm using a camera that has the preflash or just a single flash.

Here's some good info about Nikons and preflash with slaves (unfortunately they don't mention the 3700):

http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...est/slave.html
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