Why won't my flash fire in Manual (Nikon)

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  1. stsinner

    stsinner TPF Noob!

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    I've attached an old manual lens to force me to learn my camera better-the Series E 50mm f/1.8..



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    But, unfortunately, when I pop my flash up, the flash symbol just blinks at me when I depress the shutter release.. If I turn the flash off, the camera takes pictures with no problem.. What's it looking for?

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    epp_b No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The D50 cannot meter with manual lenses and that includes flash metering. Your flash has no way of "knowing" how much power to use for an exposure with a manual lens, so you need to set your flash power manually in the camera menus.

    That's a great lens, you're going to have a great time with it. I have the same one for my D40.
     
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    The D50 will not meter with AI, AI-S and Series E lenses. They happen to be manual lenses, but some reading this may think that the D50 doesn't matter on Manual Mode. Just a little egg of knowledge for clarities sake.
     

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