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Old Feb 13, 2006, 6:55 PM   #1
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I'm fairly new to a camera like this. I have always had a simple Olympus P&S, so this is quite a step up.

I was taking some pictures of my wife's cheerleaders in a gym with sort of lower light, but not incredibly low.

What did I do wrong to have them turn out like this?
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Old Feb 13, 2006, 8:51 PM   #2
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The flash output range on any P&S, including the Kodak P-850 is only about 10 to 11 feet. It appears that you are around 20 to 25 feet away from your subjects. Hence your photo is quite dark.

What are the solutions you might ask? Well, # 1, this is the reason that Kodak offers the P-20 Zoom Flash which has a greater output/range than the P-850's built-in flash. Or # 2 you may also have to increase the ISO to get even greater flash range.

Attached you will find a photo taken from a distance of 45 feet using a supplementary external flash. It shows that you can increase your flash range considerably if you desire.

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Old Feb 14, 2006, 9:45 AM   #3
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Wow, that looks great.

What supplementary external flash did you use?
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Go here and look. The P20 flash is made to work with your P850 camera!

http://kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.j...q-locale=en_US


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Old Feb 14, 2006, 10:52 AM   #5
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The guide number is 40 at ISO100, so that only has about has about 10m in full zoom.

You can increase the ISO to compensate, ISO200 will give around 14m and ISO400 around 20m.
As it runs on only two AA's, the recycle times are pretty slow as well.
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Old Feb 14, 2006, 1:35 PM   #6
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If you wanted to get more range and lower ISO numbers, just add a slave flash to the P-20 flash. Bottom line the P-20 is the best starting point to get more flexible and longer range flash shots with the P-850.

In my experience, the P-20 is by far the best flash combination for the P-850 and the P-880. Yes, it is slow, but it gives good to excellentresults and can be further expanded with the addition of a slave flashif more bounce, range and lower ISO settings are needed.

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