Classic SLRs Series :
Auto FP High-Speed Sync mode (for cameras compatible with CLS) High-Speed flash synchronization at your cameraís highest shutter speed is now possible. In this mode, the Auto FP High-Speed Sync mode is automatically set when the shutter speed exceeds the cameraís sync shutter speed. This is useful when you want to use a wider aperture to achieve shallow depth of field to blur the background.
Note: this feature is available with cameras compatible with CLS. You cannot set the Auto FP High-Speed sync mode on the SB-800 directly, but must set it on the camera. ï High-speed flash synchronization is possible exceeding your cameraís sync shutter speed up to your cameraís highest shutter speed. Auto FP High-Speed sync also operates in the Advanced Wireless Lighting mode. Available flash modes are i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Distance-priority manual flash, and Manual flash when using a single flash unit. i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash, Non-TTL auto flash, and Manual flash are available in multiple flash operation.
This flash feature is available with cameras compatible with CLS. You cannot set the FV Lock function on the SB-800 directly. Set it on the camera. Available flash modes are i-TTL, Auto Aperture flash and Non-TTL auto flash.
Flash Value Lock (FV Lock) (for cameras compatible with CLS) Flash Value, or ìFV,î is the amount of flash exposure for the subject. Using FV Lock with compatible cameras, you can lock in the appropriate flash exposure for the main subject. This flash exposure remains locked in, even if you change the aperture or composition, or zoom the lens in and out.
Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator- Autofocus flash operation in dim light When the light is too dim for normal autofocus operation, the SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator enables you to perform autofocus flash photography. In dim light, the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator turns on automatically when the cameraís shutter release button is lightly pressed, if an AF lens is mounted and the cameraís focus mode is set to S (Single Servo AF with focus priority), AF, or A. The effective shooting distance with the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator is approx. 1m to 10m (3.3 to 33 ft.) with a 50mm f/1.8 lens or less, depending on the lens in use. Use lens focal length: 24mm to 105mm (35 to 105mm for F-501/N2020 cameras). Use the center focus area in your cameraís viewfinder when using the wide-area AF-Assist Illuminator.
With CLS-compatible Nikon cameras: The SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator supports the dynamic-area AF system of cameras compatible with CLS. With a D2H camera, for example: A total of 11 focus areas are usable at lens focal lengths of 35mm to 105mm as shown in the figure below. A total of 9 focus areas excluding the extreme right- and left-hand ones are usable at lens focal lengths of 24mm to 105mm. With AF cameras such as the D2H, the effective shooting range of the wide-area AF-assist Illuminator is approx. 1m to 10m (3.3 to 33 ft.) or less in the mid portion of the frame, and 1m to 7m (3.3 to 23 ft.) or less at the periphery (with a 50mm f/1.8 lens). These ranges may vary depending on the lens in use.
Note: If the focus indicator does not appear in the cameraís viewfinder even through the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator turns on, focus manually. The Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator will not light up, if the cameraís autofocus is locked or the SB-800ís ready-light does not come on. You can set the SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator to activate or cancel in the Custom settings mode..By default, the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator is set to activate.
Canceling the SB-800ís flash firing but not the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator The SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator comes on but the flash unit will not fire when
ìFIREî is set to OFF (canceled) in the Custom settings mode. Note: By default, ìFIREî is set to ìONî.
For cameras having a built-in Speedlight Even when the cameraís AF-Assist Illuminator is set to activate, the SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator is given priority and the cameraís AF-Assist Illuminator does not light up. However, the cameraís AF-Assist Illuminator lights up only when the SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator is canceled. With F80-Series/N80-Series, F75-Series/N75-Series and F65-Series/N65-Series cameras, the cameraís AF-Assist Illuminator lights up when the SB-800ís Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator is canceled. To cancel the cameraís AF-Assist Illuminator, cancel it on the camera. For details, refer to your cameraís instruction manual. With F60-Series/N60 cameras, the cameraís AF-Assist Illuminator lights up while shooting at full output manual. For details, refer to your cameraís instruction manual.
Using the SB-800 off-camera When using the SB-800 off-camera with the TTL Remote Cord SC-29, autofocus flash photography in dim light is possible, because the SC-29 features an AF-assist illuminator function
Quick Recycling Battery Pack SD-800 Notes on using the Quick Recycling Battery Pack SD-800 * With the SD-800 attached, be sure to use five batteries. * Be sure to replace all five batteries, including the one in this pack and the four inside the SB-800, with fresh ones at the same time. * Do not mix battery brands or types, or use old with new batteries. Otherwise, the batteries may leak corrosive liquids, become hot, or explode.
Note: * This battery pack cannot be attached to the Power Bracket Unit SK-6.
1 Slide open the battery chamber lid in the direction of the arrow and remove it. 2 Install the batteries following the and marks as shown.
3 Open the quick recycling battery packís battery chamber lid, then install an extra battery in the Quick Recycling Battery Pack following the and marks.
4 Insert the battery chamber lid in the groove at the top of the quick recycling battery pack. 5 Align the battery chamber lid attachment indexes, then attach the battery chamber lid to the quick recycling battery pack by sliding it into place while pressing down. 6 Align the index on the quick recycling battery pack with the battery chamber lid attachment index, then attach the quick recycling battery pack by sliding it into place. Slide the quick recycling battery pack until the quick recycling battery pack lock switch click stops.
Detaching the quick recycling battery pack Open the quick recycling battery pack lock switch, then keep sliding the pack to detach.
Modeling illuminator Press the Modeling illuminator button and the flash fires repeatedly at a reduced flash output level. This is useful for checking the illumination and the shadows cast on the subject before actually taking the picture. ï The flash fires as a Modeling illuminator for a maximum of approx. 3 sec. while the Modeling illuminator button is pressed. This function operates only after the ready-light comes on.
Modeling illuminator with cameras attached When the Modeling illuminator button on the SB-800 or the one on the compatible camera is pressed, the Modeling illuminator fires.
Modeling illuminator in the Advanced Wireless Lighting mode (Available with cameras compatible with CLS) When the Modeling illuminator button on the master flash unit is pressed, the Modeling illuminator of the highlighted master unit or grouped remote flash units fire. If the master flash unit and grouped remote flash units are not highlighted, the Modeling illuminator of the master flash unit only fires (except when the master flash unitís flash firing is set to canceled.). When the Modeling illuminator button on the camera is pressed, the Modeling illuminator of the master flash unit and all other remote flash units fire. Both the master and remote flash units fire at the flash output level compensation value as set.
Modeling illuminator in SU-4 type wireless multiple flash operation When the Modeling illuminator button on the master flash unit or the one on the camera is pressed, the Modeling illuminator of the master unit only fires. ï When the SB-800 is set as a remote flash unit, the Modeling illuminator does not fire even when the Modeling illuminator button is pressed.
ISO sensitivity Power zoom function Wireless flash mode Power zoom function using the built-in
wide flash adapter/Nikon Diffusion Dome
Sound monitor in the
wireless flash mode
LCD panel illuminator Non-TTL auto flash mode LCD panel brightness Standby function Wide-area AF-Assist Illuminator Selecting the distance
unit of measure (m, ft)
Canceling flash firing
1 Press the button for approx. 2 sec. to display the Custom settings mode. 2 Press the or button and or button on the Multi Selector to choose the desired custom functions to be set, then press the button. 3 Press the or button to highlight the preferred setting. Press the or button to adjust the ìLCD panel brightnessî 4 Press the button for approx. 2 sec. or press the button to return to the normal setting mode.
Using Custom settings (Bold letter: default setting)
ISO sensitivity The available ISO sensitivity range is ISO 3 to 8000. Pressing the + or -- button increases or decrease the value in increments of 1/3 step. Pressing the + or -- button continuously increases or decreases the value quickly. ISO 100 Wireless flash mode Setting the flash mode in wireless multiple flash photography. a. OFF : Canceled b. MASTER : Master flash unit in the Advanced Wireless Lighting mode; c. MASTER (RPT) : Master flash unit in the Advanced Wireless Lighting mode (in Repeating flash) d. REMOTE : Remote flash unit in the Advanced Wireless Lighting mode e. SU-4 : SU-4 type wireless flash mode Sound monitor in the
wireless flash mode
When the SB-800 is used as a wireless remote flash unit, you can activate or cancel the sound monitor function. ON : Sound on OFF : Sound off Non-TTL auto flash mode Setting the Non-TTL auto flash mode.1. AA : Auto Aperture flash 2. A : Non-TTL auto flash Standby function Adjusting the time before the standby function is activated. 1. AUTO : With a camera body that is compatible with TTL auto flash the SB-800 turns off when the cameraís exposure meter turns off. 1. 40 : 40 sec. 2. 80 : 80 sec. 3. 160 : 160 sec. 4. 300 : 300 sec. 5. - - - : Standby function canceled Selecting the distance
unit of measure (m, ft)
Setting the distance unit of measure on the LCD panel to either meters ìmî or feet ìftî. 1. m: meters 2. ft : feet
Power zoom function Setting to activate or cancel the power zoom function, which adjusts the zoom-head position automatically. 1. OFF : Activated 2. ON : Canceled Power zoom function
using the built-in wide- flash
adapter/Nikon Diffusion Dome
Setting to activate or cancel the power zoom function using the built-in wide-flash adapter/Nikon Diffusion Dome. The same is true when using the built-in wide-flash adapter. When set to ON, the zoom-head position display is framed. 1. OFF : Canceled 2. ON : Activated LCD panel illuminator Setting the LCD panel illuminator to turn on or off. 1. ON : Turn on 2. OFF : Turn off LCD panel brightness Adjusting the brightness of the LCD panel. Available brightness levels are graphically displayed in 9 steps on the LCD panel. Press the or button to adjust the brightness. Wide-Area
Setting to activate or cancel the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator. 1. ON : Activated (AF-ILL appears on the LCD panel) 2. OFF : Canceled (NO AF-ILL appears on the LCD panel) Canceling flash firing Setting to activate or cancel flash firing of the SB-800. When it is set to OFF, the SB-800 does not fire but the Wide-Area AF-Assist Illuminator still comes on. 1. ON : Firing activated 2. OFF : Firing canceled (AF-ILL ONLY appears on the LCD panel)
Multiple Flash Operation Multiple flash photography allows you to create more natural-looking pictures by using several flash units to emphasize the subject's shape or eliminate shadows. The following wireless multiple flash operations are available:
Wireless multiple flash operation using Speedlights compatible with CLS is called ìAdvanced Wireless Lightingî. For cameras compatible with CLS and digital SLRs not compatible with CLS, set the master flash unit's flash mode to Auto Aperture Flash or Non-TTL auto Flash in SU-4 type wireless multiple flash operation. In multiple flash operation using cords, multiple flash shooting in M (manual) mode only is possible.
Master flash unit and remote flash unit(s). For illustration in this section, the flash unit mounted on the camera or the one directly connected to the camera via a TTL Remote Cord, such as the SC-17, SC-28 or SC-29, is called the master flash unit. All other flash units are called the remote flash units.
Be sure to cancel Monitor Preflashes (in TTL multiple flash operation) In SU-4 type wireless multiple flash and multiple flash using cords, cancel the Monitor Preflashes of the master flash unit following one of the methods described below, since Monitor Preflashes cause incorrect exposure.
Notes on performing multiple flash (common to both wireless and wired operation) 1. To avoid accidental firing, turn off the camera and all flash units before mounting the master flash unit on or connecting it to the camera. 2.When using a Speedlight that has a standby function as a remote flash unit, make sure that the standby function is set to off, or select a standby duration that is long enough, using the Custom settings. 3. The SB-800ís and SB-80DXís standby function is canceled while the SB-50DXís standby duration is prolonged to approx. one hour when they are set to the wireless remote flash mode. 4. Set the angle of coverage of the remote flash units wider than the picture angle, so that the subject will receive sufficient illumination even when the angle of the flash head is off axis from the subject. (In Advanced Wireless Lighting, the zoom-head position is automatically set to 24mm, except when the Nikon Diffusion Dome is attached.) Remember, the closer the subject, the wider the angle of coverage required. 5.The brightness of the flash illumination is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the flash unit and the subject. For example, if the distance between Speedlight A and the subject is 1m (3.3 ft.), and Speedlight B is 2m (6.6 ft.), the combined brightness of the two Speedlights will be: Therefore, the illumination provided by Speedlight A is four times (or two steps) brighter than that provided by Speedlight B.6.To ensure good results, it's recommended to make test shots before shooting important events.
Wireless multiple flash shooting Read the following when setting up the SB-800 as a remote flash unit in the Advanced Wireless Lighting and SU-4 type wireless multiple flash modes. Speedlight and camera placement Set up the camera, master flash unit, and remote flash units as shown in the figure below.
The effective shooting distance between the master and remote flash unit is 7m (23 ft.) or less
Be sure to place all remote flash units that are within the same group together.
Setting up the master and remote flash units. 1. In most cases, position the remote flash unit(s) closer to the subject than the camera, so that light from the master flash unit can reach the light sensor of the remote flash unit(s). This is particularly necessary when holding a remote flash unit in your hand. 2 Data communication cannot be performed properly if there is an obstacle between the master unit and remote flash units. 3 Take care not to let light from the remote flash unit enter the camera lens directly or indirectly in TTL auto flash mode. Also, prevent light from entering the master flash unit's light sensor in Non-TTL auto flash mode. Otherwise, the correct exposure cannot be obtained.4. There is no limit to the number of remote flash units that can be used together. However, if too much light from other remote flash units enters the light sensor of the master flash unit, correct operation may be impossible. Practically, the number of remote flash units in Advanced Wireless Lighting should be limited to three for one group. 5. Use the provided Speedlight Stand AS-19 for stable placement of the remote flash units.6. Be sure to perform test firing after setting up all flash units
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