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Old Sep 23, 2002, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default 5700 Wideangle lens prevents built in flash?

Can anyone comment on the fact that adding the Nikon wideangle lens and setting it up in user menu disables the flash from firing???

I have no idea why this happens unless it is just to force you to purchase a Nikon Speedlight for the hot shoe.

I was a bit miffed when I found this out as I was hoping to take internal room shots, but now feel I am forced to go and purchase an SB-30 or 50DX...........but then the 50DX does not support the zoom or AF assist features so why pay the extra????????

Will an SB30 do for most interior shots??

Thanks for reading my rantings!!!!........advice or comments welcome

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Old Sep 23, 2002, 2:58 PM   #2
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Chances are, this won't be the last digital camera you'll buy in this lifetime. If so, then the SB50/80 you buy now will be fully utilized on the next model. Then again, if price is really the issue, the 30 will get you there. You might need an SC17 cord and/or some sort of external frame (like a Stroboframe) if the flash still can't clear the teleconverter.
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 3:41 PM   #3
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It may disable the flash if the lens adapter blocks the built in flash. This happens on my nikon 950. On a wide angle shot I could see you getting a shadow or uneven lighting with the built in.

Taking a guess on why it happens...
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Old Sep 23, 2002, 4:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for comments guys...............it makes sense I suppose, with the wideangle being a rather large beast !, that the onboard flash becomes obselete.

I will have to make more enquiries into the benefits of either of those flash units besides the 50DX being twice the price of the other,

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Old Sep 25, 2002, 12:37 AM   #5
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It's not only the physical size but the fact that the builtin flash is only made to cover the angle of the camera's wideangle lens, not an add-on wideangle converter.

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Old Sep 25, 2002, 6:55 AM   #6
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Thanks for that Steve,

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