Gordon N. Converse, head photographer at the Christian Science Monitor Since Converse was my beau ideal, I always tried available light rather than flash. Also, at the time, flash was much less popular than it is today. Very high ISOs and an ability to tolerate ungodly amounts of noise or grain have allowed me to continue to work without flash. Example of my very high threshold (comes of using hi-speed color slide film in my youth. maybe it ruins you for life): Canon 5dii, EF 24-105mm, f/4, 1/50 sec ISO 25,600 I had a dedicated Canon flash but gave it to my daughter a couple of years ago. I still prefer available light to the glare and rudeness of flash. How about you?