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Old Mar 8, 2003, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default Not having an AF illuminator a deal breaker?

I am considering picking up a camera that does not have an AF illuminator (Nikon 2100). Would you purchase a camera without one and how crucial are they.


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Old Mar 8, 2003, 10:15 AM   #2
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Not a deal breaker for me, at least not when it comes to consumer digital cameras.

Built-in flashes on digital cameras (pretty much all of them) are notorious for producing harsh, flattened pictures, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. AF illuminator kicks in when there's not enough light to focus, which usually means the flash is needed when taking the photo.

I would instead suggest a camera that has external connector for frame-mounted flash via cable or a hotshoe so that you can do bounce flash photography. I just got a Canon 420EX flash for my film SLR and the difference between built-in flash and the bounce flash with the external unit is amazing (in favor of the latter).
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