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Sb600 doesn't fire well off the sb800

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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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.

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