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When i take pictures flashes comes for one time and then for three it does not then again for one

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    I have the same problem; just started happening last night.  I know the batteries are good.  The flash ready light comes on, I try to shoot, and the flash goes off, but is really underexposed.  If I wait quite a while, 30 seconds or more, then I can shoot one properly exposed, but if I wait just long enough for the flash ready light, the next 3-4 are going to be underexposed.  I have fresh batteries in it and the the additional battery chamber.  I use Sanyo Eneloop batteries (Love them).  Thanks so much!

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    Do you have fresh batteries? I know this can sound like a dumb question to ask but it has to be asked. Sorry, I don't mean to offend.



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The problem is typical of not having enough power in the battery. Are the batteries fully charged? Are you using Alkaline batteries? If so, get a good brand of rechargeable NiMH batteries. I recommend Sanyo Eneloop. It costs more, but it's worth the trouble.

Also, I hope you got the 'quick refresh battery adaptor' with the SB800. You can put an additional batery in this chamber and attach it near the main battery chamber after pulling out the cover. This will certainly improve the flash recycling time.

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