Well the flash almost instantly damages your "lo-light mood" so only use it, when there is no other chance. If you're in automatic-mode the D80 decides when to use the built-in flash and it makes some pretty decent photos too:
B.t.w.: This is an example of the shadow that the lens-hood on a 18-200mm can cast, when used together with the built in flash. My advice: remove the lens-hood when the sun is down!
In P/S/A/M-mode the flash not comes up automatically but has to be activated by the flash-button. Then the cam locks to 1/60sec and tries to put enough light on the scene. So the chances are good, that the pic does not suffer from shake, but it may be underexposed.
When I'm shooting under low-light conditions and don't want the flash to take control here is my advice:
- buy a lens with anti-shake (VR in Nikon-speak)
- set the ISO to 800 or use Auto-ISO (your D80 easily copes with high-ISO
- set the program to "S" (=shutter) with 1/15 with the VR-lens and 1/60 with a standard lens. That way you're pretty sure that you don't have shake-probs and the cam ups the IOS only, when fully open aperture does not give enough light.
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