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SB-800 -3EV message after about 50 shots or so

I have been shooting fashion shows these last few weeks and after I get about 60-70 exposures from the flash I get a -3EV message popping up on the LCD of the SB-800. Then I get no flashes every two or three shoots and sometimes it just dies. It's not a battery issue since I have put fresh batteries in when this happens and the problem sometimes persists. Is this an overheating issue? How many flashes does it usually take to overheat this flash?

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IN THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL USING THE FLASH IN SHOOTING FAST CAUSES IT TO HEAT UP .

TRY USING THE FLASH IN MANUAL AND CUT THE RATIO POWER AND USE AS A FILL AND NOT A MAIN .
YOU COULD ALSO USE TWO NIKON SB800 FLASHES IN ITTL AND WITH TWO THE FLASH IS USING HAVE THE OUTPUT AND RECYCLE TIME IS INCREASED .
DAVE BLACK A WELL KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER DOES THIS IN HIS SHOOTING .

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