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Old Aug 12, 2003, 1:11 AM   #1
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Default Bad night shots with 4500...

I just returned from a car show in Reno. I took a lot of shots at night only a few came out well. I am using a CP4500, usually in P or P* mode. When I tried to use the flash the pictures came out too dark because the flash was not strong enough to light the entire shot. I tried increasing the variable flash power to +2 but still had dark results on dark colored vehicle shots. I then switched to the slow-sync setting for night shots, but the shutter speed was so slow that all the pictures came out fuzzy. Is there a way to increase the shutter speed for this night shot setting? I am not all that dissapointed with the results considering that I've only used this camera for lighted macros before, but for good future night shots will I need an external flash like the SB series? Thanks for your help...Night-Shot-Newbie...

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TOO DARK EVEN WITH +2 VARIABLE FLASH POWER
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TOO FUZZY WITH SLOW-SYNC BECAUSE OF SLOW SHUTTER SPEED
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Old Aug 12, 2003, 4:06 AM   #2
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I am not all that dissapointed with the results considering that I've only used this camera for lighted macros before, but for good future night shots will I need an external flash like the SB series?
From viewing the photos you posted, it appears to me that the flash-subject distance may be larger than the limit of the internal flash. You may choose the widest aperture in the Aperture-Priority mode and zoom the lens all the way out. However, with dark and open background, it is unlikely you will get descent shots. A possibility, as you pointed out, is the use of an external flash. It does not have to be a Nikon SB flash gun. You can buy any Nikon TTL-compatible flash. If you shoot night shots frequently, you might want to have a high power flash such as the Sunpak PZ5000AF for about $150. In my experience, the shots you posted would be better served in the manual mode so that the flash will be fired in full power. My 4500 user guide has a section about External Flashes.

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Old Aug 14, 2003, 11:09 PM   #3
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CK- Your site is really great, it has helped me alot in the past. Do you recommend the Sunpak flash over the SB series? If you do recommend the SB series, which is best for me as a novice? I'm assuming I will need the Nikon SK-E900 for any of my secondary flash choices? Is this correct? Thanks for the help...P
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Old Aug 29, 2003, 5:38 PM   #4
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Go look here for some inexpensive slave flashes that will work well with your camera: http://www.therollbar.com/flashes.htm
You do not need the rather expensive (~$42) AS-E900 adapter cord when using slave flash. The Nikon is large enough to use a fairly large flash (the ones powered by four AA's rather than two AA's) without looking rediculous. HTH. PatiO
PS: Look at their 'Tutorial' page for more info on slave flash.
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