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    swiftflo
    swiftflo  2 United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 11:42 AM

    Can you please help me. I have a Yongnou 565EX flash and it worked perfectly okay on My Nikon D700 camera.

    I have now bought a Nikon D800 and am having problems with the flash. If I set the flash up as slave and use the commander on my camera it works perfectly okay.
    If I attach the flash to my camera and press the shutter button halfway the flash goes off and there is a series of flashes for about a second.

    Please how do I stop this happening.

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    thewilliam
    21 Mar 2013 - 12:05 PM

    Each generation of Nikon cameras seems to have its own flash protocol and we've had to replace many otherwise good flashguns over the years because they wouldn't work with our newly acquired camera bodies.

    Your problem is compounded because independant makers don't usually have access to full Nikon data and need to do some reverse-engineering.

    With Metz flashguns, it's sometimes possible to just buy a new dedidated foot. Does your unit have this facility?

    Last Modified By thewilliam at 21 Mar 2013 - 12:05 PM
    swiftflo
    swiftflo  2 United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 12:09 PM

    Looking at the foot on the flash I cannot see that a replacement can be fitted.

    GarethRobinson
    GarethRobinson e2 Member 7954 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Mar 2013 - 12:57 PM

    Yongnuo say their 565EX flash will not work with the d800/d800e.

    I got the above from another photography site, so changing a foot will not help.

    If you can live with working in full manual thats the only option with this speedlight on the d800.

    Last Modified By GarethRobinson at 21 Mar 2013 - 12:59 PM
    swiftflo
    swiftflo  2 United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 1:24 PM

    Thanks for your reply.

    I can certainly work with full manual, but what do you call full manual as there is "manual, multi and TTLl".

    GarethRobinson
    GarethRobinson e2 Member 7954 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Mar 2013 - 1:46 PM

    manual.

    Last Modified By GarethRobinson at 21 Mar 2013 - 1:47 PM
    swiftflo
    swiftflo  2 United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 1:54 PM

    Yes I have tried this.

    Camera on flash commander mode- manual, then TTL and then set the flash up same but still the same problem.

    GarethRobinson
    GarethRobinson e2 Member 7954 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    21 Mar 2013 - 1:58 PM

    Looks like time to get a nikon flash then, sorry.

    swiftflo
    swiftflo  2 United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 2:01 PM

    Thanks

    LenShepherd
    LenShepherd e2 Member 62435 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 5:40 PM


    Quote:
    If I attach the flash to my camera and press the shutter button halfway the flash goes off and there is a series of flashes for about a second.


    What you describe sounds exactly like red-eye reduction mode operating.
    Is it possible either camera or flash are set to red-eye reduction mode?

    swiftflo
    swiftflo  2 United Kingdom
    21 Mar 2013 - 6:29 PM

    No I don't think so.

    Looking at the seller's web site there is a line in the advert which say's this flash is not suitable for the D800 & D800E.

    Gundog
    Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
    22 Mar 2013 - 3:35 PM

    It may not work in fully auto TTL mode with those cameras, but it should still work in Manual (not TTL).

    Try this test.

    1. Set your D800 to P mode

    2. Switch camera off

    3. Fit flash to hot shoe.

    4. Turn flash on.

    5. Switch camera on

    Does camera detect that a flash is fitted? If so:

    6. Ensure camera is at the basic flash setting

    7. Ensure flash is set to Manual.

    8. Work out the amount of flash you want (from the guide number and distance). Set the flash power to suit.

    9. See if it works.

    Good luck.

    My D800 works fine with Nissin and Yongnui flashguns in Manual (which I use most of the time) and also fully auto with an old Nikon SB600.

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