Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

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I can't figure out how to use my SB800 off camera with the D80 in command mode.

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  • Tami G Mar 13, 2009

    Thank you Bigevy for responding. I want to use my SB800 off my camera. Thought I could use it in command mode to trigger the SB800 off camera. I do have a 3ft coiled cord that I can use with a braket and can fire the flash off that, but what I was wanting was to mount my flash on a stand further away from me. Trying to learn more lighting technique. I have found the DC-IN connector for optional EH-5 AC adapter, Video Connector and Remote cord connector on my camera. I read in the manual that Commander mode: Use the built-in-flash as a master flash controlling one or more remote optional SB800 using wireless lighting. Just a bit overwhelming for me and need some help. I have no issues using sync cord, if I could figure even that out. I have been reading for hours trying to educate myself and getting no where.

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    Richard Evans May 11, 2010

    You are wishing to use the flash off of the camera and still get the camera to fire the flash upon taking your photo. Does your D80 comes with a pc synch socket? Does your camera have a flip up flash? Have you tried connect a hot shoe slave to the flash that will trigger with your on camera flash. You may need to set your flash and camera to manual mode in order to adjust your exposure. Some manufactures make a coiled synch cord that you can remove the flash and still use the cameras programing to fire the flash. Not sure what command mode controls sounds like it is an all encompassing exposure control system the camera uses. Unless you have a dedicated cord that comes from the manufacture you may not be able to remove the flash form the camera and use the camera in command mode. Almost all cameras can use any flash in manual mode tho.

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You can purchase a simple hot shoe mount slave or a pc corded slave. Do you know what a slave is? Most cameras have a flip flash on the camera. You can use this to fire your off camera flash. Most flip flashes are so low in power as compared to your SB800 that the flip flash will cause very little exposure effect to the image. Now there are things to consider, such as if you are outside in bright light a slave has more trouble detecting a flash. If you are indoors you need to at least have the off camera falsh localised to the flip flash and the slave in direct view of the flash. Some slaves are more sensitive than others. the great thing is with digital you can experiment all you want. Back in the day using film was costly, a lot of bracketing and guessing and time consuming. Why do you want the flash off the camera? What is your subject? I have usually found a bounce card on the flash or off a ceiling or wall effective for people. If you are lighting an indoor scene it is understandable to use off camera lighting.

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