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07-01-2013, 12:46 PM   #31
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I believe the camera manual lists the zooms that throw a shadow with a particular body. Not all do. I think you don't see a shadow with the kit lens or 18-250, even with the hood mounted.
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The cast shadow depends upon the physical length of the lens and any attachments on its front.
By using a flashgun that sits a little bit higher that problem can be overcome.
I would like to be able to use one of the two flashes I mentioned in #27 but have not yet been able to figure out how.

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I tend to use the built-in only for fill. My one nit with that on my K5 is that the built-in flash can be erratic when paired with a larger flash in wireless P-TTL as anything but a controller only. I just upgraded the firmware (finally) so maybe this will change.

One other compact solution has been to use the little Bolt GN24 flash, which does bounce. With the higher ISO performance of the K5, this has been a compact and handy way to go. My wife uses one on her Lumix LX7 as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I believe the camera manual lists the zooms that throw a shadow with a particular body. Not all do. I think you don't see a shadow with the kit lens or 18-250, even with the hood mounted.
I sometimes get a shadow with the kit lens. It is relatively small and unobtrusive, but still there. Its too bad that so many of the small cheap "auto" flashes have trigger voltages which would fry the K5 or other digital cameras. I have at least two which would otherwise be ideal.
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I sometimes get a shadow with the kit lens.
Lens hood on or off?

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Lens hood on or off?
Hood on. I am a fanatic for lens hoods, but in some cases, now that I think of it, I should take it off.
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Hood on. I am a fanatic for lens hoods, but in some cases, now that I think of it, I should take it off.
Yeah, it sounds like it should be off when you use the flash. I haven't used the kit lens with flash for at least four years. I thought the hood was OK, but I can't really remember. I know that not all bodies are the same.
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Lens hood on or off?
It depends upon the length of the lens. My Quantaray 70>300 will cast its shadow without the lens hood. The 12>24mm DA is okay with hood off but terrible with it on.

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Well, the fill-flash is handy. Not as great and useful as external flash, to be sure, but it is always there on the camera.

With a guide number of 13, and shooting ISO 400 and f2.8, that's enough to provide about 9 metres of usable light over a quite wide (28mm) angle of view. Nothing to be sneezed at.

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