On board flash importance

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jeff Peterman
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Re: On board flash importance
In reply to Ubilam, Mar 26, 2013

One reason I've been reluctant to buy a 5D is the lack of an on-board flash. The flash isn't very powerful, and isn't in a great location, but it means I always have a flash if I need one. If I know ahead of time that I'll need a flash I'll pack a 580EX or other lighting gear. But there have been times when I've only been planning to shoot with available light and someone says "can you take a shot of us?" under conditions I know will give a poor image without flash - I can just press the flash button, shift my mode to C1 (which I have pre-configured as my starting point for on-board flash) and quickly take the shot.

The on-board flash is also useful for triggering external flashes.

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