Why are external flash shots sharper on D800?

Started Jan 16, 2013 | Questions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: I will try to help

curiousbikerider wrote:

Can someone help me understand why?

You have not said which external flash you are using. At the relatively close distances used in the image you posted the flash timing can easily be as fast as 1/5000. 1/5000 (or similar) significantly reduces image softness due to camera shake.

If you're shots without flash were indoors in low light there is a much greater chance of softness due to camera shake because of relatively long exposure times.

If you take pictures of a fine detail subject such as a newspaper with and without flash you can estimate your approximate safe handheld shutter speeds for a particular lens and zoom setting.

Flash also helps reduce the effect of any softness due to the children moving when you press the shutter.

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