Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash
During an event my SB800 stopped working. It fires, triggers other flashes, all go off but image on camera turns out black. If I use a radio slave transmitter on my D70, flashes are triggered and image turns out beautiful - leading me to believe it really is a problem with my flash. Any suggestions?
Hi, i had this problem also but found a way around it . what is happening, is that the sb800 preflashes when you shoot and triggers any external flash heads a fraction of a second just before the camera takes the picture. you see the lights being trigered but it the light doesn't register on camera. ( preflasing asseses the amount of light needed for the correct exposure and is a feature on newer models of flashes ). what you can do to avoid this problem is to either use a radio trigger and slave, or set your flash to su-4 mode ,which cancels the preflashing. if you press the select button on the flash .you go into the menu \ scroll up and down till you reach the icon of two flash heads . press the select again and change from " off " to su-4 .that will cancel the preflashing and your other lights will be in sync with your camera . if you get confused go to page 76 in the sb800 manual it explains everything there / hope this was helpful. good luck charles yacoub
Posted on Sep 14, 2007
I had that same problem with the SB600 and the SB 800. Solutions; get a new one. After about a year of usage the sb600 started giving me that problem. It flashes but it does not sync. It still works as a remote unit, but not mounted on the camera. The SB800 just went to a coma last weekend. No sync at all, not even as remote unit, no strobe function, just a bright flash, when triggering the test button with new fresh batteries, it flashes at max power once and takes around 7 seconds to recycle. No multiple flashes at all. I had to buy a new one.
Posted on Apr 16, 2007
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