Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

2 Answers

SB800 i have a d200 and a sb800. When the flash is atttached to the canera it emits random flashes sometimes. When i move the flash head it also emits random flashes from time to time. Any suggestions as to what is causing this?

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: SB800

When you attach the flas to the camera can exidentli fire. This is normal, and manufacturer recomendation, turn off the flas unit before attach or deattach, prevent this fireing. Fireing when you turn the flashead is not normal. Probably the mounting foot of the flash unit can move in the hotshoe, breaking connections between the connector pins, causing exidental fiering. Always lock the locking lever of the flas, wich can prevent this unwanted movement. Also chek the hotshoe on the camera, wich should to have a "leaf spring" keeping the flash unit steady.

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

Re: SB800

I have this problem occasionally. I changed sync cords and it seemed to remedy it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


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


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I've had 2 Metz 54MZ4 flash units with my Canon 1Ds and 10D cameras and none of them work in TTL mode. They give full output power in TTL. What is problem?

If your Metz is for Nikon it will not work in TTL on Cannons. Metz makes different flashes for Nikon and Cannon. I have a Metz 54 that I use with my Nikon D200 and it works as well or better than the NIkon SB800 in TTL.

Jun 04, 2010 | Metz 54 MZ-4 for Nikon TTL Flash

1 Answer

Sb800 firing without pressing shutter release

sounds like a short in one of the circuit boards, most likely one or seveal of the ribbons and boards will need to be replaced to correct the problem. Send in for repair expect to pay up to $200 for a Nikon factory overhaul

Feb 21, 2010 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

3 Answers

Nikon SB 800 fires but pictures reamain dark

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.

May 27, 2009 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

2 Answers

No iTTL mode (or TTL mode) in SB 800 synced with cord to D300

Bingo! That's an X-sync cable, only for firing the flash, syncing it withe shutter - carries out no auto features or communication with the camera.
Don't waste your money on another cable the same. There is no TTL light measuring features with an X-sync cable.
You can, however, get the proper 'off-the-camera' TTL syncing cable either from Nikon or a 3rd party provider. This proper TTL cable can cost a fair bit, I don't know exactly but thinking from $40-$50 to $80'odd.
Shop around, buy from a store where you have the face-to-face enquiry and a return facility if 'they' get it wrong.

**.The best way to acknowledge contribution is to rate it's relevance.**

Feb 04, 2009 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

1 Answer

Nikon D3 and SB800 flash problem

The Sb800 and the Sb900 is compatible . Can you tell me more of what the problem is .

Nov 23, 2008 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

2 Answers

SB800 Won't Remote

The channel on the flash for remote on the 4a withthe NIKON D70
If you are using the Nikon D200 then the channel is 1a ...

If you have any more questions contact

Berrie Smith Camera Repair

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

1 Answer

Sb600 doesn't fire well off the sb800

The sb600 needs to be able to see the preflashes of the sb800, so this is probably caused by one of two things.  The first thing I'd check is whether or not the light sensor on the side of the sb600 was covered, blocked, or facing away from the sb800.  I've had problems outdoors when I forgot to have the light sensor face the camera.
If the sensor was facing the camera, it is possible that the flashes didn't have a good line of sight to each other.  That normally shouldn't matter, but if there is a high ceiling and lots of people, it could be the case.  I don't know if it will help, but in any case I would recommend using a StoFen Omnibounce on the sb800 to increase the likelihood that the light finds a direction where a surface to bounce off of is found.  
Good luck.

Feb 02, 2008 | Nikon Speedlight SB-600 TTL Flash

1 Answer

Nikon SB - 800 LCD Defect

Impact has damaged the LCD assembly .

IF you want it repaired contact the email address below

Berrie Smith Camera Repair

Oct 29, 2007 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

2 Answers

SB800 firing but not syncing??

I had that same problem with the SB600 and the SB 800. Solutions; get a new one. After about a year of usage the sb600 started giving me that problem. It flashes but it does not sync. It still works as a remote unit, but not mounted on the camera. The SB800 just went to a coma last weekend. No sync at all, not even as remote unit, no strobe function, just a bright flash, when triggering the test button with new fresh batteries, it flashes at max power once and takes around 7 seconds to recycle. No multiple flashes at all. I had to buy a new one.

Jan 09, 2007 | Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

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

Related Topics:

392 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Nikon Camera Flashes Experts


Level 2 Expert

246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

57192 Answers


Level 3 Expert

1038 Answers

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

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides