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Old Jun 9, 2004, 9:49 PM   #1
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Does anyone regularly use an external flash with this camera?

If so, can you tell me/us what works and the settings you use to make it work?
Sample photos and picture info would be appreciated.
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 10:45 PM   #2
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I've just got one, and am trying to find my way through it's settings, but so far it's much better than having the on-board flash. (no red-eye and I can leave my adapter and skylight on)

I'm sure Brian will give you a demo with his Sunpak 144 which looks much easier to use than mine.
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Old Jun 10, 2004, 7:36 AM   #3
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Yeah Brian appears to be "da bomb"
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Old Jun 10, 2004, 4:50 PM   #4
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ParrotSquawk,,,what can i tell you,,,,,,

It really depends on the unit you have,,,or will buy,,,the outputs of these flash units differ greatly...

I have a sunpak144pc,,,usually set the DC to 1/90 second,,,depends on the lighting,,,,,the f-stop depends on the power setting i put it on,,the caculator on it works fairly well....tells you where you should put the aperature at on the DC..

Do you have one yet,,,if not get a flash unit with a long enough range for your usual shots,,,,that you would not get with the onboard...the onboard is barely good to 10feet,,,if you want to take wedding shots,group photos,etc,,,,,one that goes to 30 feet is usually good enough....if you want something capable of going to out-door events,sports,etc,,,,you can get some that will top 60 feet..

The Sunpak144pc will do 33 feet,,,,,,i usually set the aperature larger than the flash askes for,,,if it calls for 5.6 ,,,,i`ll go to 4 ....i like the pics a little brighter than the usual,,,not burnt out though...

Interesting test i did a while ago ,,,here`s a link too it



http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...essage=8552049

I found that if you left both the DC and the flash both in auto modes,,,,both flashes firing,,,in a large room,,worked reall well with the Sunpak144pc,,,,my thought on this is,,,,if the DC is in auto mode,,,knowing that it`s going to fire a flash,,,it`ll allow for the onboard flash when it fires,,,,,but since it does not know the other flash is going to fire,,,and since the large room will take the exta light,,,,,it just adds to the whole shot,,,and does not over burn the scene,,,a small room would be whited out with light though,,,but maybe on a lower setting on the external,,,it might not be that bad...

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Old Aug 1, 2004, 4:30 PM   #5
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Check out Kodak's guide to doing this. They suggest a voltage regulator to reduce the trigger voltage to 6v to prevent damage to the circuitry after continued use.



http://www.kodak.com/global/en/servi.../tib4378.jhtml
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Can someone in this thread tell me HOW you mount the flash on the DX6490? Apparently, the Sunpack is hard to find in retail (more readily available on the net) stores, so I bought a similar model by Quatary ( not sure of the sp?). Anyway, I don't know how to attach it to the camera. Will this require some special bracket? If so, where can I get such accessories. Please advise. Thanks, Chris.
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Old Oct 8, 2004, 3:46 PM   #7
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Here`s what you need,,a bracket and handle......e-bay or a good camera store can get them...



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Old Oct 23, 2004, 7:48 PM   #8
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JPWhite wrote:
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Check out Kodak's guide to doing this. They suggest a voltage regulator to reduce the trigger voltage to 6v to prevent damage to the circuitry after continued use.



http://www.kodak.com/global/en/servi.../tib4378.jhtml
I just purchased my 6940 Kodak and love it. I bought a wide angle lens. Obviously the flash does not work. Being new I did not think about it until I tried to take a picture with the flash. There must be someone out there who has put together a successful external flash. I'am a novice so learning as I go.


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Old Oct 23, 2004, 8:04 PM   #9
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look just above your reply you just posted,,there is a pic of my setup



for the 6490,,,,the grip also steadies the camera..

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brianhare wrote:
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Interesting test i did a while ago ,,,here`s a link too it

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...essage=8552049
Hi Brian;

This thread is getting some interest again, which is good and timely. I'll probably be getting a flash unit by the end of the year (she's making a list, and checking it twice....) I am also interested in the Sunpak 144, or something similar. Is the link you posted "dead"? I can see the text, but the pictures won't load.

Question: Are you using a voltage regulator with this flash on your 6490?

Regards,

Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
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