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Solving Two Problems when using Off Camera Flash with the CoolPix 5000
Read about using the CoolPix 5000 with it's built in flash

Read about using the CoolPix 5000 with the SB-50
Using the CoolPix in a Photo Studio situation

I'm starting to use the Stroboframe Camera Flip bracket with the CoolPix 5000 and an SB-24 flash

Check out the firmware update which solves this flash problem

A better option than taping over the built in flash (below) is to use scotch tape on the flash contact that lets the camera know that it's ready. The above photograph is the end of the SC-17 that fits in the camera hot shoe. The bottom of the Nikon SB flashes has the exact same pin configuration.
The firmware update is designed to let the camera work with studio strobes connected through standard synch cord to the AS-15 adapter. BUT, for the first time, the flash when a Nikon strobe is connected is really a pre flash and doesn't affect the image.

I've encountered two problems when using my SB-24 and SC-17 cord with the CoolPix 5000. The first and most important is that the internal flash still goes off effecting the exposure and causing you to loose what control you have over the lighting. My work around was to cover the internal flash with black gaffers tape. I chose gaffers tape because there is less chance of leaving a tape residue. Also, as you can see in the picture, I left a folder over tab to make it easy to pull the tape off when I finish shooting. I've read that other people have used black paper or aluminum foil to cover the flash. The other problem is that Nikon's design of the SC-17 (or AS-15 if you're using a standard synch cord) is to direct the cord toward the front of the camera where it can easily fall into the path of the lens. I've address this problem by using a wire tie (from a loaf of bread) to connect the SC-17 to the camera strap lug. A possible solution in the next generation of the camera could be a redesign of the swivel hot shoe. Maybe by pulling up it can be turned and then reseated. That way the shoe could be directed to the side with the SC-17 and directed towards the front with an on camera flash. Nikon, are you listening? Or at least supplying a synch socket somewhere on the camera where it won't get in the way.

Peter iNova's solution is to bounce the flash back into the Photocell to shorten the duration, though still under a layer of tape.

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