Non-Dedicated Macro Flash with the 5700

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Larry R Harrison Jr, Jun 4, 2004.

  1. I got the 5700 two weeks ago. I find myself doing a lot of macro shooting
    but man it's tricky; the wind, shallow depth of field and focusing all make
    it quite difficult.

    Apparently flash could help--freezing motion while allowing small apertures
    for depth of field. Problem is, of course, the built-in one would fire right
    over the object and the lens would cast a shadow.

    So, the thing is, I need an off-camera flash to take care of this but the
    thing about the 5700--which I didn't know when I got it--is that it doesn't
    really do TTL flash. It's kind of complicated apparently; I guess the short
    version is that it's TTL in that you can set any aperture, but it's not TTL
    in that it depends on a sensor in the flash head to measure light.

    Question is--how is this going to work with close-up flash with an off-flash
    unit--with the sensor much higher up than the subject? If I use a
    non-dedicated flash like a Vivitar 283, would the 5700 act like any other
    camera--with the 283's sensor handling the lighting issue--or would the 5700
    STILL insist on using its built-in sensor which is useless in this case?

    Larry R Harrison Jr, Jun 4, 2004
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  2. Larry R Harrison Jr

    TheNewsGuy Guest

    I am in the SAME position as yourself. When I bought the 5700,
    knowing it had a Nikon hotshoe I assumed (silly me!) it would use the
    features of Nikon speedlights. NOT TRUE!!! Very dissapointing. So
    I purchased a much cheaper Vivitar 730Ni. It works well in most

    But for macro there is a REAL problem. The non-TTL sensor in the
    Nikon flash will NOT be reading the light from your subject. Even
    with external flash "on" and internal flash "off",

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    TheNewsGuy, Jun 4, 2004
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