Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

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No ready light sb-800

The ready light does not come on when it's powered up for another flash burst? But it will flash with a photo. I can't understand the consistency of this flash. Sometimes it takes a very long time before it will flash, other times it will flash when i take a picture only 1 second after the last time. Generally I usually have problems when the bride and groom come down the aisle in the church, I get one flash when they're at the alter, and then no more until when they're almost walking out of the door.

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Take it to Nikon they will be glad to help

Posted on Aug 21, 2014

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SOURCE: ready light on my SB-800 speedlight

what about brand new, fully charged, 2700 mahas? why wouldn't a sb-800 turn on the ready light in this situation? i'm having this problem...

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

SOURCE: Nikon SB 800 fires but pictures reamain dark

make sure your white balance is set to "flash" on both cameras

Posted on Oct 11, 2008

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The trigger circuit and flash tube needs to be replaced . If you want me to repair this contact .

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Posted on Apr 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Using SB 800 flash Master with 2 SB 600 as slave

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.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Ready light does not come on. Unit will not flash

Looks like the condenser is not charging. Oscillator section, transformer, transistor has to be checked.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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Another possibly related side effect is the modeling flash does not burst -- it only fires a single (very bright) flash.

The capacitor argument sounds likely. Coincidentally I also had a problem where the flash would fire sporadically -- but that was due to scuz buildup on the contacts.

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The flash will need shop service.

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Have you tried other batteries?

If one cell has died, there will be enough power to power up the flash, but not enough to charge it reasonably fast. It may also stop the other cells charging up properly if they are charged together. I've had this problem with poor quality rechargeables before. I think flashguns put pretty heavy demands on batteries.

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Check by testing flash that I've posted on 1/15/08

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