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Sb600 wireless mode not working...

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i have a nikon d70 and an sb600 flash. all was working well until i tried to use the sb600 in remote mode. worked very well for a couple of months then started becoming sporadic. and now, it works for the first 2/3 shots then nothing. even the built in flash stops working. so i have to shut off the camera and leave it, until the next day when the same happens (ie works for the first few shots then nothing).
all the settings on the camera is fine, all the settings on the flash unit is as it should be.

the wireless facility on the sb600 is a fantastic asset and i would use it a lot more if it worked. just very frustrating that i can't seem to get a solution to this problem anywhere.
appreceate any help!

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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    Im having nearly the same problem with my D70 and SB600 as well... I thought batteries might be the problem, so I went out and bought new ones. This still has not fixed the problem. I borrowed a friends SB600 and used it to test out my d70's commander setting. It worked fine. I then used my SB600 with his D80 camera and my flash worked just fine. I used my SB600 with my D70 again and it worked again. So I went away confused feeling like my SB 600 will work again. Next photoshoot, I took 179 shots and out of that the speed light flashed 5 times in commander mode. In ALL cases I made sure there was nothing obstructing the sensors on the camera, and the flash. So Im wondering if my speedlight just needs to be sent in for repair. If thats the case I wouldnt know where to send it, or how much it would cost me.

  • M-Jooo Jun 26, 2009

    update (but no solution)
    i think its just a bad batch of nikon d-70s and not the flash thats the problem. i ended up upgrading to a d-300 (because i needed to and not simply because of the flash problem), and the same remote flash works perfectly and evey time with no problems at all.
    its saddening to see that nikon hasn't addressed this issue (or even acknowleged it) even though there are many people out there with exactly the same problem with their d-70. shame on nikon! - M-Jooo


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Remember that even though sb-600 is wireless, it is based on infrared. This usually means having a clear line-of-sight between flash commander and remote flash. Any object that gets in way can block signal from flash commander. Weak batteries in flash will also cause remote operation to be sporadic.

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Thats true but the sensor is located on the side not the front so if you turn the little sensor on the battery side at the camera it helps alot

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