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Nikon 18-200mm. (enlarge)
Shadowing with External Flash
Shadowing with Built-In Flash
You can't use the hood with the built-in flash. it casts a shadow at the bottom of your image.
Take off the hood. Everything else here is without the hood. I never use the hood. I've never unwrapped it.
Sometimes the lens can cast a shadow from the built-in flash. It's worst at close distances and wide settings. It goes away at longer distances and less wide settings. It's easy to see on your LCD, so if you see it, step back or zoom in.
This is the worst that can happen:
This is with my D70 at three feet at 18mm with the built-in flash. The ominous dark thing on the bottom is the shadow of the lens, with my big 77mm filter and adapter ring.
It's a little better on a D50.
It's much better on my D200, but still shadows a little bit this close at 18mm.
It's also better if you take off the filter adaptor ring and 77mm filter. These comments are all based on my lens with a bunch of junk on the front as you can see here.
With no filter (naked) there is no problem at all on a D200, except at closer than a couple of feet at 18mm.
You're dead if you use the hood. I've never even unwrapped mine. Since I use a step up ring I can't use the hood even if I wanted to.
You can't use the hood with the built-in flash.
Look at your LCD. If there's a problem, step back or zoom in.
By zooming out to at least 24mm or shooting things at least ten feet away the problem goes away.