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Old 19th of November 2008 (Wed)   #1
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Ok so I have read the review on the sx10 is and i am sold. So for taking indoor close ups should i be buying an external flash? If so which one?
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Close-ups? How close? 3-5 yards? 3-5 ft? 3-5 in? Different answer for each of those.
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3-12 inches sorry
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For that close up, you're going to need to get the flash off the camera, so you'll need an off-camera shoe cord (a "flash extension cord", as it were, with a hot shoe at one end and a "foot" to fit in the camera's hot shoe at the other). On-camera, it's going to have a hard time lighting your subject evenly, both because it won't be able to bend far enough down and because, especially up close, it may not be able to give a short enough burst of light for a properly-exposed picture. But using the on-camera flash would probably give you a shadow from the lens on your subject. With the off-camera shoe cord and a Speedlite 430EX (maybe even a Speedlite 220EX, if macro's your principal need) you should be OK. You'll be able to move the flash around so it lights your subject, and if necessary use some white paper or cardboard to reflect some of the flash output back from the other side of your subject.
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I have the SX10 and for in our home, the onboard flash seems good. In fact, I have been taking pictures with the flash compensation at -1 or -2. I have a Sigma EF 530 DG ST that I used on my XTi. I have tested it on the SX10 and it seemed to work well, but I have not actually taken any shots with it yet. I will use it when in larger spaces or for fill flash outside in darker times and places.

I have taken several "portrait" type shots that could be considered closeups. I got good exposure using the built-in flash, with flash comp set to -2 and zooming in from across the room.
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