Question about Nikon Speedlight SB-800 TTL Flash

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I have 2 SB-800 flash units and one works perfectly as it should. Using the same camera, I attach the other falsh (and EVEN took the new batteries out of the working one and put them into the bad one so that everything would be the same). This flash will look like its firing, ready lights on, the whole nine yards but the images are underexposed like almost black- basically like it did not fire at all. All settings, etc. appear to be the same but i was wondering if its me or the flash- out of 6 images it seems like it fires for 1 or 2 and the other 4 are black. Is there like a reset button to change back to factory settings or something??

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  • toddtwilson Jul 11, 2010

    thanks- I will send it back to a nikon tech

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It does not look like a camera problem at all coz the other flash is working well with the same settings. However if you can get me the make and model of the cam, I can tell you if some adjustments can be to correct this problem.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010

  • toddtwilson Jul 10, 2010

    i am using a nikon d200- i have a few and swap cameras and flashes for various jobs. You think it is a flash problem then?? Really it must be since the other works perfectly fine. i am wondering if i should send to nikon for repair. i dont want to "put a bandaid" on it correcting with camera settings as much as i just want the flash to work as it should. Thanks.

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    eagle338 Jul 10, 2010

    In that case then yes, I do think you should get a new xenon lamp for the flash or a new condenser(holds the charge for the flash to come on) for it. I believe that condenser is not charging as it should and that it is the source of the problem. A local camera tech should do the job for you at a reasonable cost.

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