Nikon SB-600 remote flash


Strobe 12 1.3k United States
14 Oct 2008 8:39PM
Hi,

Can anyone please help me, I have a Nikon D80 and have just bought a second Nikon SB-600 flash, the aim to use one as a remote flash. I have read the manual and cannot get them to work, has anyone got any ideas how I can set them up ?

Thanks
Marc

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Strobe 12 1.3k United States
14 Oct 2008 9:11PM

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Can anyone please help me,


Edit : I managed to setup wireless on both same channel and same group, when I did the the flash did not fire with the camera
discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 9:17PM
Are you trying to use one of the guns as a master (which won't work with the 600), or firing both with the on-board flash?
Strobe 12 1.3k United States
14 Oct 2008 9:21PM
Hi David,
I tried leaving the flash on the camera at default settings and tried setting it the same as the remote. I also tried with the built in flash when the camera and flash fires, the remote flash's display comes on ( out of standby ) but does not fire
Paul_Barr 15 544 Scotland
14 Oct 2008 9:23PM
Have you set the onboard flash as commander with the same channel settings as the remotes?
Strobe 12 1.3k United States
14 Oct 2008 9:24PM
Sorry, I feel really stupid, when you refer to onboard are you talking about the built in flash or the SB-600 mounted on the camera ?
Paul_Barr 15 544 Scotland
14 Oct 2008 9:26PM
I only have one SB-600 with my D-80 so have not tried using 2 as remotes.

I was referring to the onboard flash which can be used in Commander mode.

Paul
Strobe 12 1.3k United States
14 Oct 2008 9:31PM
Thanks Paul, I am looking at that now
Paul_Barr 15 544 Scotland
14 Oct 2008 9:33PM
When you have both remotes on the same channel as the onboard flash set as commander you should see the red light blinking on the front.

Set your camera to aperture priority, flip up the oboard flash and the remotes should fire.
Strobe 12 1.3k United States
14 Oct 2008 9:43PM
Cool thanks Paul that works if I set it up as you said but the flashes only fires if I remove the SB-600 and use both SB-600's as remotes and the on board flash is active.
Paul_Barr 15 544 Scotland
14 Oct 2008 9:47PM
No probs Marc.

Yes, the onboard flash acts as the commander so both Sb-600s have to be remotes.

Paul
discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2008 10:10PM
Unfortunately, the SB-600 won't act as a master to trigger the other one, you can only do that with the SB-800. Glad you've got it working though.
Strobe 12 1.3k United States
15 Oct 2008 9:59AM
Thanks Paul and David for assisting me lastnight, I have since discovered that in order to use the 2 x SB-600's with using my built in flash I need to buy a commander unit like the Nikon SU 800 !!!!

Does anyone know of a cheaper alternative?
I was thinking of insulation tape over the built in flash but that seems extreme
stolzy 14 3.8k 7
15 Oct 2008 10:27AM
Maybe i've missed something here, but surely if the D80 is set in commander mode it should fire both the SB600s (assuming the same channels are set etc).
discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2008 10:41AM
Yeah, the built-in camera flash will do the job. Just go into the commander screen (custom setting 22) and set the built-in mode to "--"
This turns off the flash, except as a trigger for the other units. There's reports that this affects the exposure of the shot, but I think you have to be looking pretty hard and working pretty close for that, although it can throw in an extra catchlight now and then. If that becomes a problem, then you can fix it with one of these
Come to think of it, you could probably make one out of a black plastic drinks bottle...

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