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.
It sounds like you're trying to use the SB-600 off camera, as a slave flash. While the SB-600 does indeed have slave capability, the D40 does not have the ability to function as a commander. Thus, the SB-600 is being triggered by the D40's pre-flash.
As stated above, the D40 does not function in commander mode. You can mount an SB-800 or SB-900 flash unit, which will function as a commander as well as a flash. Or you can mount an SU-800 commander unit.
Alternatively, you can switch the D40 to manual flash mode so as to eliminiate the preflash. However, you will then have to calculate the proper exposure yourself.
1. Make sure the Nikon SC-29's Red Panel's Lock Switch is set to the Left. Pointing at Left Black Screw. 2. Connect the Nikon SC-29's (Red Panel) to your camera's Hotshoe by pushing it as far as it goes. 3. Turn Lock Switch to the Right (turn CW). This locks down to camera. 4. Make sure Nikon SC-29 (other ends) AF-ILL is set to OFF. 5. Make sure your Nikon SB-800's Lock Switch is set to the left side. 6. Attach your Nikon SB-800 into this Hotshoe. 7. Switch the Lock Switch on flash to the right. 8. When you wants to AF from flash, set AF-ILL to "OFF" 9. For the best results, set AF-ILL to "ON".
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I hope they are helpful to you as well as for any Nikon Photographers using the Nikon SC-29 Cable.
Mine has Autofocus, ITTL, Slave and Wireless Radio Remote Flash.
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.