Hi, I have used an SB800 with my D70 and now with my D200 for the last two years. I have used it as a remote doing some portrait work. It no longer fires as a remote flash even, manually setting it to the remote setting. Thanks for any help.
HI! I SHOOT WITH A D200 AND HAVE HAD MAJOR PROBLEMS THE LAST 2 WEDDINGS I SHOT RECENTLY. I USE THE SB800 FLASH AND THE PROBLEM THAT I AM HAVING IS THAT MOST OF THE TIME IT DOES NOT FIRE AND MY BATTERIES IN MY FLASH HAVE MELTED. I HAVE CONTACTED THE STORE WHERE I PURCHASED THE SB800 FROM AND THEY JUST TELL ME TO KEEP TRYING NEW BATTERIES. I HAVE CONTACTED NIKON WITH NO RESPONSE. I HAVE A WEDDING THIS WEEKEND AND NEED MAJOR HELP. THANK YOU.
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Hello.. Sporadic off camera flashes triggered with pocket wizards will not be
as obtrusive as you may think. IMP, It's just as obtrusive as the onslaught of small digi
cam flashes that usually occur..Cheerss!!....
sounds like a short in one of the circuit boards, most likely one or seveal of the ribbons and boards will need to be replaced to correct the problem. Send in for repair expect to pay up to $200 for a Nikon factory overhaul
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.
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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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.