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SB600 beeps multiple times and picture comes out under exposed

I was shooting and the flashes started beeping and the pictures were coming out under exposed.

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The beeps are probably an alarm telling you that there is a setting fault.

Read the instruction book for both the flash and camera to properly set things up.

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Check all the settings to make sure that flash and camera are in the proper modes. Start by putting both in "A" (automatic), and work from there.


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Posted on May 17, 2008

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