Hi, I'm new to this board and was hoping someone can help me figure this problem out. I have a SB-600 and Nikon D80. I set the FV Lock as the functional button, and it was working the first few times. When I press it, the flash icon with an "L" shows up as it should.
After a few days, I tried it again the icon does not show up and the odd part is that the flash goes off repeated instead of once. It goes off about 10 times really fast. So fast it sounds like a buzzing sounds. Any ideas? Thanks guys.
I have a nikon sb600, the same thing happened to me. the flash turns on, the test light turns on, but that's everything it does. i asked and somebody told me that the continuously shooting burns up the circuit board. you have to replace it... it sucks, i know...
In whacky situations like this it is always best to re-set your camera and flash settings. Somewhere on your D80 you will find two function buttons with small green dots next to them. These are the resets. Push both in at the same time until the display LCD flashes.. The camera is now reset to default settings.You will now have to re-set your FV button to the custom setting you had it at before.
Also, reset you flash by turning on the power and removing the batteries and re-install them.
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It's the Inverse Square Law. Light drops off as the square of the distance. If an object is twice as far from the light source it only receives a quarter as much light. So, if the subject is lit properly then the background will be dark.
This is a law of physics. However, there are several things you can do about this. One is to move the light source. Another is to have more than one. The D80 can control other flashes, so you can use the D80's pop-up flash to light the subject and the SB-600 (or more than one of them) to light the background. Another possibility is to bounce the flash off a white ceiling or wall to soften and diffuse the light. Another is to use slow-sync, leaving the shutter open longer to let the background illuminate. You can read more about this in the manual.
There is only one pin that engages the shoe - the rest are simply pressure contacts. The pin that engages the shoe is strictly for locking the flash to the show, and is operated by the lever on the back of the flash - directly above the shoe.
Look closely at this area to find the lever. Slide it fully away from the "LOCK" position. This causes the pin to retract from engaging the hole in the shoe and return into the flash. Simply slide the flash towards the rear of the camera to remove.
try to set the menu item for Auto FP to ON (it works in P,S, A, and M modes only) that will activate the Highspeed Sync when you are using the SB-600 flash unit, set the flash mode so the indicator shows the off position (the line thru the lightning bolt symbol) on the top inidcator menu in the its next to the red eye redution icon that will keep the built-in flash off even if you need it in low light. hope that works for you.
I also purchased a Bower 724AFN to use with my D80, and experience the same problems. Received confirmation from Nikon that this flash unit is not compatible with the camera. I then purchased an SB-600 flash, and haven't looked back. It's worth the extra money for this high quality unit; fully compatible, and compliments the TTL features of the D80. I'll never deviate from original Nikon accessories again.
I had the same issue. The flash is set to go off, the camera assumes it went off, (as the record metadata shows) but it doen't go off at all, and the piture is underexposed.
I bought the 100 page repair manual, which is ONLY a dissassemble/reassemble manual with NO diagnostics. (Got it on ebay) So I was atleast able to get to the capacitor and flash bulb. I saw 300V across the capacitor leads, and the same 300Volts across the flash bulb leads. SO I am assuming that there is a transistor or relay that drops to ground to fire the flash that isn't working, or the electronic signal to drive that isn't working.
It seems most people replace the entire flash circuit board(which is near the capacitor under the left hand side). But it seems Nikon only sells parts to it certified repair facilities.
Ugh.... Looks like I'm buying a SB-600, as this is the cheepest solution. Too bad, because the on-board flash is more than decent. I hope the SB-600 thrills me enough to change my mood. :)