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01-11-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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Internal flash as a flash assist

Hi All,

Is there a way to use the camera internal flash (I own the K20D) as a flash assist without firing it when taking a picture? (I guess I can half press the shutter button and make the flash fire for focusing and then close it, but it looks like a bad practice...).

Any idea?

01-11-2010, 04:37 AM   #2
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How about the wireless controller mode?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chris.Nielsen Quote
How about the wireless controller mode?
I'm not sure I understand your meaning...
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QuoteOriginally posted by goldenzebra Quote
I'm not sure I understand your meaning...
I'm not sure we understand your question.

If you are talking about focus assist without firing the flash while taking the picture, the answer is no. You can do it with the Pentax AF 540 FGZ in "spot beam" mode.

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Thanks, this is exactly what I meant.
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If you want the flash to fire rapid focus assist but not fire to illuminate the scene, you can set the internal popup flash in wireless controller mode.

Press menu. Go to Custom settings. Find the Flash in wireless mode. Select option 2 - wireless controller.

And also remember to set the flash to wireless.

Then the internal flash will do the focus assist rapid flashes, but no illumination.
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Thanks!
Will try it a soon as I get home from work!
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Set the camera to a semi-auto mode (or auto) and pop up the flash when you are in a dark environment. The flash will strobe to help the lens find focus. Once its locked on, close the flash without looking up and then take the picture. Focus assisted but no flash.

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