Can I fire an SB22s flashgun mounted on a standard remote hotshoe with optical (flash) sensor? The SB22s appears to be designed to work with Nikon cameras with TTL monitoring and I wondered if the manual setting might allow use as a slave.
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I just saw a picture of your Olympus and it is clear it isn't fitted with a flash but a variety of flashguns can be fitted to the hotshoe bracket.
A standard flashgun has a fixed flash and must be diffused or bounced if it needs to be toned down.
There are programmable flashes available but these are more suitable for manual cameras.
A model-specific computerised flashgun can communicate through multiple contacts of the hot shoe with a computerised camera and should provide the flash duration/intensity to suit the camera's settings.
Maybe your flash isn't fully compatible with the camera.
If it is at the lower portion of the print, it is caused by the lens projecting within the beam from the flash. You have given no information about the make and model of the camera, but I suspect you are using the on-board flash at a fairly close distance. If it is possible to mount a flashgun on the hotshoe of your camera, this will give better results (and also enable you to use bounce flash if you wish.
If this is not possible, then an off-camera flash, fired by a sensor, will serve the same purpose.
Alternatively, take the photos from further away.
It's hard to diagnose a problem without knowing the details...what camera, what kind of mount -- off camera, on camera, remote fire? One thing I have found is that accessories that aren't the same brand as the camera won't function fully in TTL. They don't interact with the camera's processor the way the one made for the camera will, in most instances. I have found a few exceptions. Cameras are moving forward so fast the accessory manufacturers get left behind.
Your sunpak works great as a slave triggered by a main flash in -- I believe that model has a slave function. Great fun hand held or with a tripod. Best of luck!
Your flash will fire optically. This is wireless but not radio.On the flashgun window move through the options until you see all of these in the window :- Flashing M, MZoom (24mm)
(the power output eg) 1/4
Flashgun icon CH1 Slave (blank)
The front panel should show a flashing red light. This means it is ready to receive the light signal from your onboard flash. From the camera menu select the in built flash control.
Set it to - Built-in flash - CustWireless Flash mode - Manual flash Wireless func - (single flashgun icon)
Channel- 1 ch
firing group - (flashgun icon)All
(flashgun icon) flashoutput - 1/64
selecting 1/64 should be sufficient to trigger the flash gun but not light the scene.
Manually pop up the onboard flash
In the view finder you'll see a number of green bars when half pressing the shutter and wait for them to go down to one which mean the camera and flashgun are communicating, fully press to take the shot and the flash (off camera) should fire.
You knoq the SB-800 has a slave mode called SU-4 in the menu. It activates remote flash. When your on camera flash fires so will the slave flash. The slave flash will need to be able to "see" the light from the on-camrea flash to work.
To access the SU-4 remote mode hold the "SEL" button in for a few seconds until the menu appears. Scroll down to the SU-4 setting and turn it on.
When using this method set the flash to manual and set the power as needed.
Pretty much any flashgun with a standard hotshoe. The 3800N is extremely basic and does not take advantage of any dedicated flash functions, so you'll find loads of cheap or even free basic manual or auto-exposure flashguns on auction websites and also on FreeCycle.
I'd suggest a basic manual flashgun as you then fully control it. Automatic flashguns try to second guess what it is you're photographing so can often over-expose the subject. You also learn more using a basic manual flash which is probably the only reason to buy a 3800N in the first place.
Hi Frank, I use the same combination of the exact three flashguns you have. Works beautifully. I mount the sb-800 on my camera and set it to Master Mode (press and hold the center button till the menu comes up, select the master). Set the other two sb600s as slave. Please make sure the channel is set the same in all three flashes... when positioning the slave flashes, make sure that sensors on the remote will recieve the light from the main flash. For maximum coverage I use the sb-800 with a diffuser in bounce mode. You will be amazed at the quality of interior phots you can get with a 3 flash combo.
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.