Was shooting a wedding last night and sb600 would only fire remotely off the sb800 when in very close proximity. I thought these flashes were supposed to work in unicen from across a larger room. Just wondering if I set up somethink wrong or how to troubleshoot.
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Re: 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.
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If you cannot release Standby from within the menu options, here is one thing I did: removed all batteries then pumped the on/off button numerous times. Upon replacing the batteries the issue is solved. If that does not work then it may need to go to Nikon. The SB600 seems to have more issues than the SB800 and up.
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.
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If red light on flash is blinking, flash is charging. In shooting rapidly, sometimes flash will go off even though it isnt fully charged. This can give dark shots. Flash eats batteries like crazy, best to always use fresh batteries for each shoot.
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.
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.