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Mindy Shores
 

Can SB800 on bracket fire wirelessly


I have a nikon D80 with an SB800. I will be photographing a wedding in a month, which will be my first wedding with the digital camera. Any suggestions there would be great.

My main question is, with the SB800 on the bracket, is there a way to fire it wirelessly without setting it up as a slave and using the built in flash as the master? Is this the way it should be done, or should I buy a flash cable and not use the built in flash as the master?

Thanks,
Mindy


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9/18/2007 5:25:48 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Maybe. See pp. 95-96 of the D80 manual. To wirelessly control a remote SB-800, the built-in flash has to be raised and set to Commander mode. You have the option of having the built-in flash to fire in i-TTL mode, at a manual output level (1/1 - 1/128), or not at all. Separate settings can be applied for the remote SB-800.

However, the face of the SB-800 must be in line of sight of the built-in flash. I do not know if this is possible if the SB-800 is mounted on a bracket just above the camera. If not, then you'll need to connect the SB-800 to the D80 using a compatible TTL cord, such as Nikon's SC-29, SC-28, or SC-17.


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9/19/2007 5:53:52 AM

 
Mindy Shores   I'll look at the manual again. I didn't see where I could get the sb800 to fire wireless without the built in flash in commander mode.

I was able to do it with built in raised and in commander mode and the sb800 on the bracket that works and the sb800 does fire. But wasn't sure if that would be too much light or if I should try to get the sb800 to fire without the built in flash...which is the best method?


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9/19/2007 11:06:05 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  D'oh! I misunderstood your question. Yes, the built-in has to be raised and set to be the wireless Commander. But in the options, after designating it as the Commander, you can specify that it not provide any flash (set it's mode to "--"). With this setting the built-in should trigger the SB-800, which will fire with i-TTL control, but it won't add any flash to the scene.


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9/19/2007 3:13:06 PM

 
Mindy Shores   AH HA! Thanks!

Now let me ask you this...would you let the built in fire AND the sb800 fire as well...or would you just let the sb800 fire?


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9/20/2007 4:37:08 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  If the SB-800 on the bracket is oriented for direct flash, I think I would have only it firing, just to reduce the chance of red-eye from the built-in flash which is too close to the lens axis. If you are pointing it at the ceiling for bounce, then I might have the built-in firing at a reduced rate (maybe -1 stop) to add a little fill and catchlight. Test both ways to see which works best for you.


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9/20/2007 5:14:01 AM

 
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