George Schaub - editor of Shutterbug Magazine
(Jan 23, 2002)
The picture of George Schaub was taken
with the CoolPix 5000 and the WC-E68 (19mm equivalent) accessory wide angle lens. The
light source was an SB-50 bounced into the white ceiling.
Forced Fill Flash Pictures taken with the 19mm lens and the SB-50 bounced off the
ceiling for fill
This group picture (above) was taken
with the WC-E68 19mm wide angle lens on the CoolPix 5000 with the
SB-50 (and wide angle diffuser) bounced off the porch ceiling. Forced
fill flash was used. I'm on the far left and my father, who has his 82
birthday today is wearing the yellow shirt and funny hat.
These pictures were taken with
the SB-50DX The group picture was taken with the
WC-E68 wide angle lens on the CoolPix 5000 and the SB-50 set on TTL
with it's wide angle diffuser. The pictures were taken in a dark
restaurant. Exposure was right on but there was a
circular reflection on every picture,
including the test pictures I took upon arriving home. There is no
circular reflection when the flash is used without the wide angle
diffuser. Unless I learn more from other people's experiences, I
feel that the reflection is caused by the diffuser kicking light
down and striking the lens. In an informal test, I held my hand
between the flash and the lens and the reflection didn't appear.
Note that this has not been confirmed by anyone else, and I'm
asking Nikon to look into it.
Click on the pictures to open the full
size jpegs to examine
The group picture was taken with the WC-E68 wide angle lens
and the wide angle diffuser on the SB-50.
The CP 5000 was set on self timer
Taken with the built in lens set at 28mm and the wide angle
diffuser on the SB-50
There is a circular reflection when
using the WC-E68 wide angle lens with the SB-50DX flash with it's wide
angle diffuser (white arrow) with the flash head aimed straight ahead.
I've seen this reflection on every picture taken with the combination
flash and accessory lens. You can open the full size
Jpeg to examine for yourself. If you've tested the same
combination lens and flash, please let me know if you've
seen the same problem. The reflection wasn't there when shooting with
the built in lens alone or with the WC-E68 without the external flash.
SB-50 Flash coverage without the wide angle diffuser
when used with the WC-E68 wide angle lens