No info on negative when using flash

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by aaronmacdonald, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. aaronmacdonald

    aaronmacdonald Member

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    I'm using an Olympus OM-1 manual 35mm camera with a Sunpack Auto140 hotshoe flash and I'm finding that any shot I take using the flash doesn't turn out, and I am sticking to the exposure guide that is on the back of the flash for every shot, and always using a shutter speed of 1/60th. When I develop the negatives the frame is blank. By "blank" I mean there is no information whatsoever––there is nothing in the frame on the negative and it is totally black when I make contact sheets and therefore I know I'm not overexposing the image with the flash because it would be white on the contact sheet.

    I'm wondering if this is a mechanical problem. I hear the shutter and see the flash trigger when I press the shutter button, yet no image. The camera otherwise works perfectly when I am not using a flash.

    Any insight would be appreciated.

    - Aaron
     
  2. Bill Burk

    Bill Burk Subscriber

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    There is a tiny X-FP lever on the left of the lens barrel.

    Make sure it is on X because FP is for flashbulbs that get ignited a split second before the shutter opens. Electronic flash would be fired before the shutter opens if you are on FP.
     
  3. aaronmacdonald

    aaronmacdonald Member

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    Thank you! It was set to FP and I hadn't noticed.