I am using the remote cord, SC-17, from the camera, D200, to an SB-800 flash unit, used as a wireless master flash to 3 more SB-800 remote units. The SC-17 is 1.5m long and I need more distance. Could the SC-27 Sync Cord be used between the SC-17 terminal and the master flash unit without any changes to the system?
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This is an excellent flash, very powerful and compact and actually more flash then what was available when the D200 first cam on the market. The two will work nicely together and I think the problem is that the SB-800 can be programmed within itself. This meaning with some cameras you program the camera for the flash output with the SB-800 you can program the flash as well. It has some excellent features like Flash value lock (which I think is set to slightly underexpose from what your question is asking) it also has Flash color information and a built in Flash compensation. Possibly the compensation or value lock are set to underexposure. I'm saying this over the camera setting because you stated that the internal flash appeared to be okay, check your SB-800 settings
Wierd, what camera, settings are you using? have you ever tried using the CLS (creative lighting system)? could you have left it on "remote" or "master unit" with it turned off. Then it will send out the preflash but not fire during the exposure.
1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash 2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S 4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800
Bingo! That's an X-sync cable, only for firing the flash, syncing it withe shutter - carries out no auto features or communication with the camera.
Don't waste your money on another cable the same. There is no TTL light measuring features with an X-sync cable.
You can, however, get the proper 'off-the-camera' TTL syncing cable either from Nikon or a 3rd party provider. This proper TTL cable can cost a fair bit, I don't know exactly but thinking from $40-$50 to $80'odd.
Shop around, buy from a store where you have the face-to-face enquiry and a return facility if 'they' get it wrong.
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1. Make sure the Nikon SC-29's Red Panel's Lock Switch is set to the Left. Pointing at Left Black Screw. 2. Connect the Nikon SC-29's (Red Panel) to your camera's Hotshoe by pushing it as far as it goes. 3. Turn Lock Switch to the Right (turn CW). This locks down to camera. 4. Make sure Nikon SC-29 (other ends) AF-ILL is set to OFF. 5. Make sure your Nikon SB-800's Lock Switch is set to the left side. 6. Attach your Nikon SB-800 into this Hotshoe. 7. Switch the Lock Switch on flash to the right. 8. When you wants to AF from flash, set AF-ILL to "OFF" 9. For the best results, set AF-ILL to "ON".
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I hope they are helpful to you as well as for any Nikon Photographers using the Nikon SC-29 Cable.
Mine has Autofocus, ITTL, Slave and Wireless Radio Remote Flash.