I cannot figure out how to get my Bower AF724AFN FLash to work with my Nikon D80. The Flash is in on position, but will not fire when I take a picture. The Flash icon is steadily blinking on my Nikon diplay and no matter how I change the settings it will not fire. PLEASE HELP!
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.
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Commonly the users, rate Nikon D80 in 4 - 4.5 score out 5 scale
Nikon D80 comes to replace Nikon D70s. Memory card : flash cards. The new Nikon D80 features 10.2
megapixel DX format CCD (1.5x FOV crop), 11-area AF system (new version of
Multi-CAM 1000, similar to D200), Compact body (smaller, lighter than D70/D70s),
improved user interface, and 2.5? 230,000 pixel TFT LCD with 170 degree viewing
This camera has a removable protective cover.
For complete detail of this product you can get from this web address:
Hi, Also, try a factory reset found on page 129 of the manual. On the left side of the camera is the terminal cover, inside below the USB connector is the reset switch. If that does not work call Nikon digital 1-800-645-6689.
Must be a problem with the flash lock. Try to pop up the flash manually using the flash button located at the top left of the camera beside the flash. If this does not work, you may need to have the cam serviced
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".
I teaches, do repairs, services and modifications on all photographic equipments.
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.
That particular unit is probably not a good choice for the D80 because the trigger voltage (the electricity which flows from the flash through the camera circuits to fire the flash) is 19.5 volts, according to http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html - this could possibly damage your camera electronics.
You don't have to stick with Nikon brand Speedlights, but get a modern flash which says it is I-TTL compatible for Nikon.
You should talk to the Bower tech support or to professional camera place that sells these flashes.
It is possible that the flash is defective, or there is a non compatibility issue.
You have to remember that these technologies use very sophisticated computerized design. It is very easy to have compatibility issues especially when matching devices from one manufacture to the other. There are some industry standards, but it is impossible to have perfection with all the possible protocols between different types of equipment.
Personally, I stay with the same manufacture for all the options, unless the other devices I choose are known to be compatible.