Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

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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?

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  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    I have the same problem. I've tried the different flash and still have the same problem. I think it's the lose camera shoe.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have tried the different flash and it's still not working. I think the camera shoe is loose.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    He I have exactly the same problem. Seems like nobody knows where is the issue. That sucks..

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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.

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

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