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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by herc182 View Post
    can you take it off (the SB600) and put it somewhere else inthe room and when you take the photo it flashes (i.e. i could use it to light up a part of a room remotely?)?

    thanks
    if you mean can the sb-600 be used off camera remotely...absolutely !
    the pop up acts as the trigger and you can put the sb600 anywhere you like, (within reason), to fire with no wires. wireless flash is such a fantastic feature.

    i do this alot with macro stuff and am trying to learn how to use the wireless feature to work better for me with macro shots. check out this guys macro photos. http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtwizx/520696741/

    some of the best macro insect photography you will see ANYWHERE, published or not. he uses the d80, sigma 150mmf2.8 Macro and wireless flashes to either side of his subject. his photos blow me away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    so let me get this straight, if you have an sb600 off camera, you cannot use the sb400 mounted on the camera to trigger it ?? are you sure ?

    that seems bizarre given the in cam flash can trigger it.
    The nikon system for remote flash is totally different from what you are thinking of. The flash is triggered by a infrared signal from the camera body. There is no sensor on the flash detecting light from another flash.

    Also, in commander mode, I don't think you can use the SB-400 mounted on the camera. I think, for the most part, that the on-camera flash is disabled.

    But like what was said before, if you aren't going to use remote flash, or take 3 FPS with flash (btw, this is an exaggeration for taking-a-lot-of-pictures-in-a-short-amount-of-time), then the SB-400 will probably be good.

    Go to your local camera shop and test drive one. But also test drive the SB-600 and 800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LR Max View Post
    Also, in commander mode, I don't think you can use the SB-400 mounted on the camera.
    yeah thats the info i was looking for. i'm such an idiot. when i had borrowed the sb400 i should have tested it with my sb600 off cam. i was only testing it to see how the bounce would work just assuming i could use it to trigger off cam flashes.
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    Also, in commander mode, I don't think you can use the SB-400 mounted on the camera. I think, for the most part, that the on-camera flash is disabled.
    With D200 in commander mode you can turn on-camera flash on or off. I have not checked but I would guess it would be the same for the hotshoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoller View Post
    With D200 in commander mode you can turn on-camera flash on or off. I have not checked but I would guess it would be the same for the hotshoe.
    **sigh** another feature of the d200 i wish i had. the fact that yiu can;t do that on a d80 bugs the hell outta me. i have to cover it up if i dont want it to flash.
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    the sb-400 is a light weight no frills flash and will not work with CLS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    **sigh** another feature of the d200 i wish i had. the fact that yiu can;t do that on a d80 bugs the hell outta me. i have to cover it up if i dont want it to flash.
    Rooz, that is one feature that the D80 does have. The D70s is the one that doesn't have the feature that can turn the popup flash on or off. The D200 and D80 both have it. It annoys me because the pop-up flash doesn't contribute to the exposure at all, unless the subject distance is very small.

    What stoller is saying is whether the popup flash will contribute to the exposure, not whether it can be turned on or off as such. Both will fire the built in flash to communicate with the off camera flash but you can decide whether you want the light to be part of the exposure or not.

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    It annoys me because the pop-up flash doesn't contribute to the exposure at all, unless the subject distance is very small.
    It does if you crank the EV down on the external flash so you don't over power it. All depends on how much light you need.

    Still would like to see how the SB400 would work on hotshoe with a remote flash(s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by XaiLo View Post
    the sb-400 is a light weight no frills flash and will not work with CLS.
    Thats what it boils down to. If I wasn't into this entire off-camera-flash deal, I probably would've gotten the SB-400. Its so small and lightweight.
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    Right...the D80 can contribute it's onboard flash to an existing external SB flash. You can set flash strengths for both of them and/or even turn the onboard off completely.

    The SB-800 (if I'm not mistaken) can also act as a commander for other wireless flashes when mounted on a camera without commander mode. So, say you have a D40, or D50 and an SB-800 mounted, you can control other SB's wirelessly.

    I think the SB-800 is great! But, I'm sure I would have been happy with the SB-600. I just figured the extras were worth the $$...diffusion dome, colored gels, 5th battery slot, more power, and some other built in features I've never tried...

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