No matter if I push the flash button or take a picture all that happens is the ready lights flashes on the sb800 and no flash. Help if you want me to reset the flash or camera please explain what and where the buttons are. THANK YOU.
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Re: sb800 doesn't flash
Let's force the flash to fire:
nstalls four fresh batteries.
Turn on flash, do not connect to camera
Wait until flash is ready
Get a small wire with insulation and strip both ends about 1/8".
With one end of the bare wire lead, touch/hold CENTER TIP
Contact(silver pin from flash).
Make sure flash head is not pointing at your face.
With other end touch bare wire to OUTSIDE Contact (silver on outside of hot shoe that rides into camera hot shoe rails-this is ground).
Flash should fires, gets a flash out of the flash tube.
If not, you have flash problems. You most likely hurt the flash by using the dome filter on top of flash. Over 80% photographers are doing this way when shooting flash photography. And 95% for wedding photographers.
This will shorten the life of the flash. Even more with that adapter parked onto the flash.
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push it for 5 second and if its still flashing doesn't matter turn the steam knob anti-clockwise end let the machine do to the descaling cyrcle, when then water tank emptied the rest of buttons starts to flashing, turn the knob off and your machine is ready!!
Press the Menu button. Scroll to the Custom Setting Menu. Scroll to "e Bracketing/flash". Right arrow and scroll down to "e3 Flash cntrl for built-in flash" and push the center button. You now have access to the TTL, Manual, Repeating flash and Commander modes. Right arrow on CMD and a menu will appear that allows you to set up the built in flash and the external flash groups.
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.
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.
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.