problem with my camera-can't stop flash

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  1. Bobby Ironsights

    Bobby Ironsights TPF Noob!

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    Hi;

    I've read the instructions all the way through, three times, but I still cannot figure out how to get my camera to stop using the integral flash unit.

    I hate the way it makes my pictures look. I've tried just adding a grotesque amount of light with a 500w halogen in the background, but it often still uses the flash.

    I'm using 200 iso fuji.

    I'm not ready to take it full manual, but
    What I really want, is for the camera to calculate an exposure time long enough without using the flash.

    I use a Canon Elan II, 28-80mm USM.

    This is driving me to distraction.:playball:

    thanks for any help any of you can offer me.
     
  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I'm not sure about this, but if you are using it set to the green square, try "P" instead.
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I guessing that you are using the camera in full auto (green box) mode?

    From what I have seen, on all or most EOS cameras...the flash won't pop up on it's own when you are in the 'creative zone' modes...which are Av, Tv, M and I think P.

    If you use the full auto mode...the camera tries to think for you...but of course it's just a brainless camera and can't think at all.

    [edit]...Matt beat me to it :playball: :D
     
  4. Bobby Ironsights

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    Yup, that was it, I was also using the other auto modes like portrait and whatnot.

    I really should have asked you guys first, then I'd have wasted alot less film.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I haven't used green box or even the 'picture' modes in years (if at all)...you can do all the same things with Av, Tv, M and P.

    Glad you figured it out.
     
  6. Bobby Ironsights

    Bobby Ironsights TPF Noob!

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    MUCH BETTER!
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    (note, I use a forty dollar scanner, but the second print actually looks quite nice in the hand)
     
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    Well done! The second photo is definitely a huge improvement.

    Nice camera, by the way. I still have access to a Canon EOS Elan IIe that I used for a couple of years. I took a lot of great photos with that camera.
     

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