a low-light idea

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Murray Bowles
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a low-light idea
7 months ago

I spent a couple of hours tonight with a heavy SB900 atop my camera, holding down my "flash off" button, just using the flash for its AF-assist light. What I would love to see would be either (1) a DF2 with a low-light-capable AF module (how likely is that?), or (2) a tiny flash-shoe device which did nothing but project an AF-assist pattern.

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In reply to Murray Bowles, 7 months ago

I would love 1 and 2 for the next Df.

(and rethink the dials)

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SU800

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In reply to Murray Bowles, 7 months ago

You could get one of these and just use the AF assist light http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXM03D2/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Murray Bowles
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In reply to Mykal, 7 months ago

Mykal wrote:

You could get one of these and just use the AF assist light http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXM03D2/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Hmm... That's a possibility, thanks.

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Murray Bowles
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In reply to Mykal, 7 months ago

Mykal wrote:

You could get one of these and just use the AF assist light http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CXM03D2/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

OK, tried that. There seems to be a snag: if you're using it in auto-ISO mode, you still have to hold down the Df "flash off" button, or it exposes as if it were about to take a flash picture (that is to say, grossly underexposes, since you're not using flash). Also, the ABC lights on the right of the unit flashed continually -- is there a way to stop that? -- annoying in dark places.

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In reply to glo, 7 months ago

Definitely good advice, but I am curious why people wouldn't try a small led light that allows you to match the color of the ambient lighting. That would allow you to not be stuck in AF-S.

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Roy LaFaver
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In reply to VividExposures, 7 months ago

I have kept one in my camera bag for a long time, and I have actually used it a couple of times, but not with the Df. I have had no problem with night time street scenes. Maybe just lucky.

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