Do I have a lemon or not? (I think maybe). I'm an experienced Canon DSLR user and bought the G10 a week ago to have a more portable p&s. I have read the manual and used it in different conditions, but cannot seem to get the flash to fire, even in a dark room (either with automatic settings or with manual ones). I'm ready to send it back, but want to make sure that I'm not missing something. Anybody else have this problem or have an opinion?
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How to use the internal flash as a commander is in the manual from page 189. The manual is online.
There follow 10 pages about all different settings for the remote flash mode. I could not find how to use the internal flash as a commander and switch of the commander itself. On my Nikon, I can use the light as a commander and when the picture is made the build in flash does not fire.
You always see the internal flash fire, before the picture is made, because it has not only to tell each group what setting it should use, but it also has to trigger the external flash groups. If you want to use the flash as a commander while photographing persons, you can use a Infra Red filter (little one) in from of the internal flash, so the subjects won't close their eyes. Look for the Nikon SG-3IR filter. I think Canon must have filters like this.
The Speedlite 200e was developed to work "exclusively with [Canon] EOS [film] cameras" according to the manual. It is not even compatible with Canon digital SLRs. Most modern (digital) SLRs control the strength of the flash to properly expose the pictures being captured.
The flash will probably fire when used with a Nikon DSLR but there is no guarantee that the images will be properly exposed. Also, the flash is designed to properly illuminate focal lengths of 35mm minimum. If you are using a wider lens (i.e., 24mm or 28mm) the edges of the image will not be adequately illuminated.