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Old May 8, 2010, 12:43 AM   #1
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My 18mm-200mm lens creates a shadow when I use the built in flash. Focal length is in the minimum of 18mm. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
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Old May 8, 2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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Old May 8, 2010, 4:56 AM   #3
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My 18mm-200mm lens creates a shadow when I use the built in flash. Focal length is in the minimum of 18mm. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
Hi, sorry to say that there is little that can be done in this situation as the physical size of the lens is the problem and the height of the flash above the lens isn't enough to avoid seeing the shadow cast. Using an external flash is about the only way to get around this if you have to use flash.

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Oh my bad

i read it as he had a shadow because his shutter was too fast for the flash, not the lens actually creating a shadow.

they have flash brackets on ebay that move the flash off to the side of the camera allowing the lens to not be an issue.

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Oh my bad

i read it as he had a shadow because his shutter was too fast for the flash, not the lens actually creating a shadow.

they have flash brackets on ebay that move the flash off to the side of the camera allowing the lens to not be an issue.

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Lol, someone still isn't reading properly, it's the built in flash
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Lol, someone still isn't reading properly, it's the built in flash
Not much you can do except zoom in tighter and then physically back up to try to maintain the same perspective. Larger, wide angle lenses will have this problem with the internal flash. Using one of the external flashes (SB-400, SB-600,SB-900) will eliminate this problem, as they provide coverage down to a focal length of 14 or 15mm
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... Using one of the external flashes (SB-400, SB-600,SB-900) will eliminate this problem, ...
So will using available light, though the 18-200 is probably not the best lens to try that with.
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So will using available light, though the 18-200 is probably not the best lens to try that with.

Either way it looks like the poster will need to make a purchase. I'd argue getting a flash would give him more flexibility with his current setup and be cheaper. To do available light stuff would require faster, more expensive lenses. The sb-600 or Sb-400 can be picked up for under $200. Aside from the 50 f1.8, any lens upgrade will be more than $300 and not offer the same focal range.
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