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Old Nov 11, 2012, 3:28 PM   #1
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hi hope someone could help me. i have nikon 8700 and have purchased a telephoto lens and also wide angle. the cameras basic flash pops up when using these lenses but picture is dark. do i need to use an external flash while im using lenses, many thanks.
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Probably so. Add-on lenses tend to be larger than the main lens, and cast shadows when using the built-in flash.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 9:19 AM   #3
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any ideas of what flash to get that wont cost a fortune.
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G'day ems

two answers mate -
obviously Nikon make one suitable for the camera, also
google "flashguns for nikon camera" and you'll get 1/2-dozen other companies offering flash units, varying $$ for varying levels of sophistication etc etc

you could also look up B&H or Adorama [if you are USA based] and see what they've got

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The specs on this website for your camera don't mention iTTL, so my guess is that it will be manual-only. If so, there's no point in buying a fancy flash unit. You'll probably have to set the power and zoom manually with whatever flash you use. Perhaps TCav would know more precisely what your camera supports through the hot shoe.
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The 8700 can use Nikon Speedlights or third party flash units compatible with Nikon. I would recommend, at minimum, one which has bounce capability.

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Per another site: "The Coolpix 8700's flash hotshoe is of the ISO 518 standard type and supports Nikon's Speedlights including SB-series 800, 30, 28, 28DX, 26, 25, and 22s. Note that the 8700 does not support power zoom (it will not zoom the flash), nor does it support the AF-assist lamp or red-eye reduction systems built into some of these flash units."

Since it is an older camera, the speedlights mentioned above are all discontinued, and on the used market due to HIGH HIGH demand they actually bring more than originally costs. Among current Nikon branded flashes, the SB400 @ $125. While it doesn't look like it due to its compactness, the SB400 has vertical bounce capability but not horizonal rotation. Other major competitors, Sigma, Nissin, and Metz have similar offering but in about the same price range. In the sub $100 range are various models from Sunpak, Vivitar, and house brands. Probably one on the more popular sub $100 flashes among strobist is the chinese Yongnou YN-465 (or 565).

Looking at a picture of the 8700, the hotshoe is standard Nikon. Lockpin front, the large center contact that all manual flash use, and the three smaller contact points that transmits TTL info. However, TTL capability may be limited by the camera's firmware.

A word of caution on used, don't go further back than those listed when the camera was built. Earlier film based flashes, particurally some popular Viviitars and Sunpacks, had higher voltage that can burn up the electronics in digital cameras. Thankfully, Nikon has a higher tolerance range than Canon, but not worth the risk. That garage sale, or estate sale find may not be that great afterall. Current new flashes are designed for digital, and only have to make sure that is for Nikon as other companies have different assignments and locations for the contact points.

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