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kdhollis
09-12-2005, 02:00 PM
I recently purchased a Z740. I've been quite pleased with my results indoors and especially outdoors and I especially love the 10x optical zoom.

I have ran into a couple of situations where I cannot get a good quality photo. It happens when the subject is at a distance and is brighter than my actual surroundings. (ie. a concert or a show of some sort). I always use my flash but the camera seems to always "darken" the subject.

Here are a few example photos:

http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10011098qe.jpg
http://img377.imageshack.us/my.php?image=100b10504qj.jpg
http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10010789mz.jpg

I've tried all of the different "scene" settings and flash settings that the camera has with no success. Is there some custom configurations that I could try that would make a difference.

All is well as long as the subject is well lit and the area around the camera is well lit. It seems to only be when the subject is bright and the camera location is dim.

If I turn off the flash, I notice that it sometimes improves but not a great amount.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Kerry

Mato34
09-12-2005, 03:04 PM
Hi

I'd say that the flash isn't reaching to the subject. How much is that "a distance" that you tell?

Un saludo.

kdhollis
09-12-2005, 03:55 PM
In all of those intances. The flash seems to be working but the camera seems to "adjust" and actually darken the image.

Thanks for you reply.

speaklightly
09-12-2005, 05:18 PM
The flash on your Kodak Z-740 will only provide light out to 11 feet. Beyond that distance (11 feet) the flash is useless. If these subjects were further away than 11 feet, that is your explanation.

Here is what you can do: you can add a slave flash to supplement your camera's built-in flash. That will extend your flash range out from 11 feet to about 25 to 28 feet. would that help?

Here is what a slave flash and camera flash combination looks like.

Sarah Joyce

kdhollis
09-12-2005, 07:10 PM
Can you suggest a slave flash that will work with my Z740?

I really appreciate the assistance.

speaklightly
09-13-2005, 09:40 AM
Kerry-

Slave flashes will work with any digital camera because there are no wires. Instead, a slave flash is triggered when the built-in flash on your camera fires. Slave flashes can be quite small such as the Vivitar DF-120 and the Bower (see attached photo) is just 2" X 3.25". The Bower was $49 at www.ebay.com where I found it.

Sarah Joyce

speaklightly
09-13-2005, 11:03 AM
Kerry-
I did some research and here is a link to a slave flash that will work on your Z-740. This promotion was targeted to Kodak camera owners, but as i mentioned previously, any slave falsh with work with most any digital camera.
Enjoy! I found it by using the following search: "Slave Flash for Kodak Digital."

http://cgi.ebay.com/Kodak-DX7630-DX7590-DX7440-DX6490-Digital-Slave-Flash_W0QQitemZ7544692421QQcategoryZ48515QQssPageN ameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem