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Old Aug 2, 2009, 4:38 AM   #1
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I don't know what I did, but all of a sudden there is this black spot at the bottom of pictures I take with flash... what is this and how do I fix it? I can't find anything in the manuals


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Old Aug 2, 2009, 5:41 AM   #2
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Hi, I have an answer, but you're not going to like it much. The dark spot at the bottom of your picture is a shadow caused by the lens, while using the on-board flash. It happened to me with my 18-55, and the 18-200 is longer I think. The way I fixed my problem was two-fold. When using the on-board flash, use a focal length longer than 18mm, you can experiment and find the right length. I also bought an SB600, and never had that problem again at 18mm. I hope this helps somewhat... Robert
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so does this mean that there is something wrong with my lens? or my camera? This has never happened until recently......
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so does this mean that there is something wrong with my lens? or my camera? This has never happened until recently......
No there is nothing wrong with your lens or camera. What you are seeing is a shadow cast by your lens. This often happens when using wide angles (short focal lengths) and the onboard flash. You could avoid this by getting an external flash which sits higher up on the camera, or by removing the hood (if you are using it), or by just zooming in a bit.
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... The dark spot at the bottom of your picture is a shadow caused by the lens...
... or by a lens hood or other attachement on the lens.
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thanks for all your help! greatly appreciated.
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