0

I turned on the modeling flash option in my Nikon D80

It makes my built in flash into a temporary flashlight when I hold down the Depth OF Field button. Both the aperture stops down and the flash is turned on at the same time (for a limited time) to preview the shot.

What freaks me out is. The flash gives faintish taser sounds when I use that option.

  • Not sure what "modeling flash" is, but it sounds like your flash is doing an AF assist where it will quickly flash a few times to help your camera focus. – Robin Jan 10 at 18:51
  • @Robin it turns the flash to an temporary flashlight when I hold down DOF button to see composition better. – Delta Oscar Uniform Jan 10 at 18:53
2

A modeling flash is not a continous light but a sputtering flash. So you get a lot of high voltage discharges in a short time span. "Faintish taser sounds" to me sounds like you are getting a pretty good deal already: usually the sound is a lot like arcing. If you need a separate focus light, a reasonably bright and focused LED flashlight may be a good idea to carry around. Modeling flash is more what you use in a pinch.

| improve this answer | |
1

The sound is normal. The flash is rapidly firing at super low power so you can see what the effect of the full flash will be. I never use the feature myself.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.