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Old May 15, 2004, 2:50 PM   #1
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Hi. I've been looking at the FZ-10, and so far I like what I see, especially the solid feel of the camera vs. the toy-like feel of so many digicams in this price range. My trusty film camera is a Nikon F-4 that can crack concrete when dropped on it, so you'll know where I'm coming from.

I haven't bought an FZ-10 yet because of some questions I have, all of which I believe I can eventually answer except one:

When using an external flash on the FZ-10, can the lens hood continue to be used on the camera without vignetting (which is described in the manual as occurring with the built-in flash)? My big old Nikon SB-24 flash, which is fine on a film camera down to 24mm, should work on the FZ-10 just peachy if used in manual mode; I just want to know if it's always flash OR hood with the FZ-10, or if both can be used if the flash is both external and powerful.

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Old May 15, 2004, 7:39 PM   #2
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The hood only gets in the way of the built in flash. And I think at about 3x zoom the hood no longer blocks any part of the built in flash.

With an external, there shouldn't be any. But then again, I haven't used any external flash on the FZ10, but there shouldn't be any unless it is smaller or very close size to the built in flash.

And even if the external one does. It only takes a few seconds to take of the hood.



BTW, you should (if you haven't already) make sure the trigger voltage of your external flash isn't above 24 volts (I believe that is what the manual says). There is some nice website that lists a ton of voltages. But I don't know it...
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Old May 15, 2004, 8:32 PM   #3
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blinblue wrote:

BTW, you should (if you haven't already) make sure the trigger voltage of your external flash isn't above 24 volts (I believe that is what the manual says). There is some nice website that lists a ton of voltages. But I don't know it...



Thanks, blinblue. Nikon told me the SB-24 has a trigger voltage of less than 12, so that's covered. Good advice for anyone else attempting to use an external flash on their FZ-10. though.

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