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Fed up with red eye

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by m@rk, May 27, 2004.

  1. m@rk

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    Whilst my little A40 gives great pictures it is guilty of one thing. Red eye.

    This of course is down to the flash being very close to the lense and there is not a huge amount I can do about it so it's time for a new camera otherwise in years to come, I will have thousands of photos with red eye on them.

    So my options so far are:

    Minolta A1
    Sony F828 (list edited)

    Now all of these has pros and cons and I will be looking at them all in more detail but the main reason for these so far is that most of them will support an external flash gun.

    But before spending money on an external flash, can anybody who uses any of these tell me how prone they are to red eye using the internal flash?

    Thanks
     
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    Have you tried a bit of tissue paper, or diffused clear plastic over the flash to soften the the light when it fires?

    You could also get a slave flash for about £10, which will fire when the built in one does.

    Apologies if these ideas prevent you buying a new camera
     
  3. m@rk

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    I looked into the slave flash last year and because the canon has a pre flash, this limits my options quite a bit.

    I have used tissue paper in the past and whilst this is fine when I have the time to compose the shot, when I just want to take the shot here ans now (especially with my 18 month old son), there is just no time.

    Besides, I am ready for a new camera.
     
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    Why not remove the red-eye with software before printing?
     
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    Pretty much all the digital photography magazines these days give away free utilities on the coverdisks to remove red eye. Take a look.
     
  6. m@rk

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    This is what I currently have to do but I would rather get the photo right in the first place.
     
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    fair comment. Have fun choosing a new camera mate! ;-)
     
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    I have a Minolta A1. I currently only use the in-built flash. I do get red-eye from time to time, but the number of occassions that I do get it are greatly reduced from when I used to use a Fuji 2800. However, I would also add that I never have the red-eye reduction feature turned on (which fires a pre-flash), so I assume that if I did turn it on, I'd get even less red-eye than I do now.

    On the whole, I'm very pleased with my A1. The outdoor shots are superb (virtually SLR quality). Indoor shots OK (better than my Fuji 2800), but do sometimes come out slightly underexposed. However, it is very quick and easy to increase the flash level slightly so that the shots are brighter. On a positive note, flesh tones, in particular, come out really well and look very 'natural' when using the in-built flash.

    If you can afford it, I'd probably go for the A2. This has lots of nice little extra features over the A1 (apart from the increased resolution). In particular, you can set it so that it takes the photos in the traditional 3:2 (printed photo) ratio in addition to the more common 4:3 (computer screen) ratio. This means that if you print you photos on 6X4 paper, you won't need to crop the top and the bottom of the photo to fit it on. I know it's just a small thing, but it's something I wish I had as I print all my photos off. Obviously, if you only ever view then on screen, then you'll want to stick to the 4:3 ratio.
     
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    Hi.

    I don't know if it's what you're after, but I think it's an excellent deal. Fuji's S602 Pro digicam is for sale at EmpireDirect for less than £300.00 + del. and includes a 1GB IBM Microdrive.

    :)
     
  10. m@rk

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    Cheers for that but see my other post.

    I have just about settled on a Minolta A1 and am going to look at one tomorrow before parting with my hard earned cash.
     
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    Does anyone know of any free programs for removing red eye you can download?

    I've got a Canon A70 and am currently using the software that came with it (ZoomBrowser).

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    You might want to check out Adobe Album for this. The redeye removal tool is very good.

    You can get the "starter edition" from the Adobe website as a free download.
     
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    Thanks for your replies.

    I downloaded the irfanview and it does the red-eye business along with a few other things I was looking for so I'll stick with that.
     

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