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Old Jul 12, 2003, 7:53 PM   #1
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Default S414 Unusual Double Flash Charateristic

Have any other S414 owners noticed that their camera flashes twice for a normal flash and three times for red eye reduction? With red eye reduction "off", I consistantly see two flashes in quick succession. With red eye reduction "on", I see one long flash followed by two quick flashes.

Just curious. The flash pictures "seem" to be okay.

I sent a query to Minolta today but being an impatient person, I decided to post to this forum too.
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Old Jul 12, 2003, 8:56 PM   #2
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Most digital cameras, and especially the Minolta's, do a pre-flash first so the camera CCD's or sensor can compute the exposure and set the white balance for the subsequent real shot the 2nd time around.

A separate photocell usually does this in real-time for exposure only in a film camera with only one flash burst since no white balance is required, ie you pick the daylight or tungsten film (or FL filters) yourself ahead of time. 8)
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Thanks. Sounds like a good expllanation to me.
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May be you can't do this with a s414, but at least on the D7's you can turn the pre-flash off on manual so it can trigger remote studio slaves.

If not, there's several adapter you can buy that can ignore this initial burst...
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Actually there's no way to turn the preflash off on the 404/414. So if you want an external flash you're stuck buying a digislave or one of the wein (sp?) digital flash trigger peanuts. I think sunpack makes a cheap slave flash "for digicams" that accounts for the preflash. Not a big deal- just an added expense if you were planning on using a slave flash.
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