Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

3 Answers

Nikon SB 800 fires but pictures reamain dark

Hi, When I use sb 800 on D3, it fires but it does not light the picture. I have tried this same SB 800 with my D200 camera body as well and the problem is the same. So there should be nothing wrong with the camera settings. Even if i try to increase the power from the flash pictures remain dark. Same happens with different modes. Any idea what is happening? Thanks Same problem: SB800 fires, but the photos are very dark. When I described my problem to an engineer friend (he specializes in spacecraft power systems, he said that it was probably a fault with a capacitor...that the flash probably uses capacitors not only to store the main power, but to "time" the flash sync. He theorized that the flash was firing early or late... SO... I set both the faulty sSB800 and a new SB900 (WAY too expensive) in slave mode-BOTH of them on tripods and OFF the hotshoe on the camera). I took some photos and my eyes told me that both flashes had fired. However, I could see the bright light of the SB900 in the picture, but the SB800 was dark-Both had fired, but the SB800 was either early or late. Does anyone know how much this type of problem costs to fix?

Posted by on

3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have 2 SB-800s. When batteries leaked in one Nikon took forever to fix it, so they eventually sent me a refurb. Then they sent my original back. Which was great, until recently it developed this problem.

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.

Sorry I don't have a real solution for you.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

7 YEARS I HAVE D200-SB800 AND 18-200 ---I GAVE 2400 EURO AND I HAVE O N L Y PROBLEMS!!! (7 PROBLEMS).
I HAD MINOLTA 700si - I TOOK ABOUT 75000 PHOTOS IN 10 YEARS WITH NO PROBLEM !!!AND I HAD AND 800si AND 7000 WITH NO PROBLEM!!!(AS YOU KNOW MINOLTA FINISHED).I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH SB800 AND IKNOW AND OTHER PHOTOGRPHERS WITH THE SAME PROBLEM.I THING THAT I LOST MY MONEY.THE SOLUTION I THING IS TO TAKE OTHER TYPE OF FLASH .AND GIVE IT TO RECYCLE.

Posted on Jul 09, 2013

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 77 Answers

Sounds like a sync problem. What shutter speed are you using?

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I am using a nikon D200 with a sb800. The flash is firing ok on TTL and the camera is set on 'P' however I am getting a dark picture every tme. The built in flash works OK It appears the flash/camera...


This is an excellent flash, very powerful and compact and actually more flash then what was available when the D200 first cam on the market. The two will work nicely together and I think the problem is that the SB-800 can be programmed within itself. This meaning with some cameras you program the camera for the flash output with the SB-800 you can program the flash as well. It has some excellent features like Flash value lock (which I think is set to slightly underexpose from what your question is asking) it also has Flash color information and a built in Flash compensation. Possibly the compensation or value lock are set to underexposure. I'm saying this over the camera setting because you stated that the internal flash appeared to be okay, check your SB-800 settings

Dec 27, 2010 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

2 Answers

Nikon SB-800 repair manual


I dropped the flash on the floor, if I take a picture without diffuser, the picture will be over exposed.

Jan 09, 2010 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

1 Answer

The flash is not in sync with my nikon d40 anymore. It fires first. Pictures come out dark. The camera itself takes great flash pictures


It sounds like you're trying to use the SB-600 off camera, as a slave flash. While the SB-600 does indeed have slave capability, the D40 does not have the ability to function as a commander. Thus, the SB-600 is being triggered by the D40's pre-flash.

As stated above, the D40 does not function in commander mode. You can mount an SB-800 or SB-900 flash unit, which will function as a commander as well as a flash. Or you can mount an SU-800 commander unit.

Alternatively, you can switch the D40 to manual flash mode so as to eliminiate the preflash. However, you will then have to calculate the proper exposure yourself.

Dec 31, 2009 | Nikon Speedlight SB-600 TTL Flash

1 Answer

Flash fires but picture is dark


Looks like the tube is weak. Then it has to be replaced. If you are in India, I would have solved your problem. Johnsheen, 9341932677, Mysore

Jul 18, 2009 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

1 Answer

Problem with speedlight SB-800


Check the conatcts on the shoe area and also the exp comp is done in the flash or in the cmaera to a minus 7 and that should help the exposure.

Apr 09, 2009 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

2 Answers

My sb 600 fires with the camera but it seems not illuminate


Definately a settings problem. The camera will only syncronize on one specific speed. Youe best bet is to use auto. For manual, you'll have to set the shutter speed at the sync speed.

Flash Sync Speed
  • up to 1/250 X-Sync Speed
  • up to 1/8000 FP High Speed Sync
  • Red-eye reduction
    Red-eye reduction with slow sync
    Rear-curtain sync
    Slow sync
    Front-curtain sync (normal) Flash Sync Modes
  • 1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
    2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens
    3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
    4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800 Flash Control
  • Mar 13, 2009 | Nikon Speedlight SB-600 TTL Flash

    2 Answers

    Nikon SB 800 fires but pictures reamain dark


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

    Oct 04, 2008 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

    1 Answer

    Nikon speedlight sb-800


    THE PROBELM COULD BE IN MAIN BOARD OR THE BATTERY CONATCTS NEED ADJUSTING

    Sep 22, 2008 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

    2 Answers

    Ready light on my SB-800 speedlight


    put in a fresh set of batteries. The ready light won't turn on until the flash capacitor is fully charged. And if your battery is weak, it can take very long (minutes!) to fill the capacitor. You still can fire the flash even it is not ready, it will just dump whatever power it stored in the capacitor.

    Jun 12, 2008 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

    1 Answer

    Sb-600 not beeping, images completely black (underexposed)


    Series of images is the KEY. If the Power you set the SB-600 is HIGH it will take a LONGER time to recycle than the SB-800. If you try to take a photo before the SB-600 is ready you will get a dark image. The randomness you get is due to the time between shots. In general try to run remote flashes at a lower power so they recycle faster.

    I like the SB-800 because it can take 5 cells. 5 cells can really make a difference in the recycle time (faster) The SB-600 only takes 4 cells so it is slower.

    Apr 04, 2017 | Nikon Speedlight SB-600 TTL Flash

    Not finding what you are looking for?
    Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash Logo

    Related Topics:

    1,188 people viewed this question

    Ask a Question

    Usually answered in minutes!

    Top Nikon Cameras Experts

    kakima

    Level 3 Expert

    102366 Answers

    Steve

    Level 3 Expert

    3287 Answers

    Ric Donato

    Level 2 Expert

    225 Answers

    Are you a Nikon Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

    Answer questions

    Manuals & User Guides

    Loading...