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Additional information relating to Nikon SB800 AF-TTL Speedlight- Part V

 
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Using the Speedlight Stand - AS-19 Use the provided Speedlight Stand AS-19 for stable placement of the remote flash units. You can also use the stand for setting up your Nikon Speedlight when using it as a remote flash unit in multiple flash shooting using cords

sb800grayAS19.gif AS19stand.jpg AS19illusA.gif   Attachment to the Speedlight Stand Attach the SB-800 to the Speedlight Stand in the same way that you attach it to the cameraÝs accessory shoe. The same is true when detaching it from the camera.
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To prevent the remote flash units from firing accidentally Do not leave the power of the remote flash units on. Otherwise, ambient electric noise due to a discharge of static electricity, etc. may trigger them accidentally. If you are holding the remote flash unit in your hand, press the Modeling illuminator button/Wireless remote flash cancel button on the SB-800 to avoid accidental firing in sync with other Speedlights. The SB-800 will not fire, while this button is pressed.

Advanced Wireless Lighting - When the SB-800 is used with Nikon cameras compatible with CLS, Advanced Wireless Lighting is possible. In this mode, you can divide the remote flash units into a maximum of three groups (A, B, C) and set the flash mode and flash output level compensation values separately for each group as well as the master flash unit, providing automatic control of the light output. Note: You can set the SB-800 to Advanced Wireless Lighting using Custom settings.

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Select ýMASTERţ to set the SB-800 as the master flash unit in the Custom settings mode. 1. Select ýMASTER(RPT) in Repeating flash operation. 2. The indicator appears on the LCD panel. Next, select ýREMOTEţ to set the SB-800 as a remote flash unit in the Custom settings mode. The indicator iconwirelessRight.gif appears on the LCD panel.

Settings in the Advanced Wireless Lighting In this mode, set the following items on either the master flash unit or the remote flash units.

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*1 Auto Aperture flash is automatically set when a CPU lens is mounted on cameras compatible with CLS. However, Non-TTL auto flash is set when a non-CPU lens is mounted or Non-TTL auto flash is selected using Custom settings. *2 If Repeating flash has been set on the master flash unit, either the Repeating flash mode or Flash canceled mode can be set on the remote flash units. *3 If a photographer uses the same type of wireless remote flash setup near you, your remote flash units may accidentally fire in sync with that photographer's master flash unit. To avoid this, use a different channel number.

Setting the flash mode, flash output level compensation values, and channel number on the master flash unit. 1 Press the iconSEL.gif button on the master flash unit to highlight ýMţ, then press the button to choose the desired flash mode. 2 Press the or iconminus.gif button to increase or decrease the flash output level compensation values. Compensation values can be set in 1/3 steps from -3.0 to +3.0 EV. The flash output level can be set from M1/1 to M1/128 in the Manual icon-M.gif mode. 3 Press the iconSEL.gif button to highlight ýAţ, then press the button to set the flash mode on the remote flash unit within group A. If the master unit's flash mode has been set to Repeating flash, the Repeating flash or Flash canceled mode can be set on the remote flash unit.

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4 Following step 2 above, set the flash output level compensation values on the remote flash unit within group A. 5 As in steps 3 and 4, set the flash mode and flash output level compensation values on the remote flash units within groups B and C. 6 Press the iconSEL.gif button on the master flash unit to highlight the channel number, then press the or iconminus.gif button to set the channel number.

Setting a group and channel number on the remote flash units 1 Press the iconSEL.gif button on the remote flash unit to highlight the channel number, then press the or iconminus.gifbutton to set the channel number. Be sure to choose the same channel number as set on the master flash unit.

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2 Press the iconSEL.gif button on the remote flash unit to highlight the group, then press the or iconminus.gif button to set the group. For remote flash units where the flash mode and flash output level compensation values are to be set identically, place these flash units into the same group.

SU-4 type wireless multiple flash shooting SU-4 type wireless multiple flash can be performed in two ways: (1) In the A (auto) mode, in which the wireless remote flash units start and stop firing in sync with the master Speedlight, and (2) in the M (manual) mode, in which the wireless remote flash units only start firing in sync with the master Speedlight. Note: 1. Speedlights featuring wireless multiple flash capability can be used either as the master or remote flash unit. 2. Speedlights compatible with TTL auto flash can be used as the master flash unit. The optional Wireless Slave Flash Controller SU-4 is necessary when you want to use these Speedlights as remote flash units. The one exception is the SB-23. 3. The cameraÝs built-in Speedlight can also be used as a master flash unit. There is no limitation in usable cameras with the SU-4 unit.

Setting the SB-800 to SU-4 type wireless multiple flash To perform SU-4 type wireless multiple flash, set the wireless flash mode to ýSU-4ţ using Custom settings.

advance6c.gif   Master flash and remote flash units First, set the SB-800Ýs wireless multiple flash mode to ýSU-4ţ using the Custom settings, then attach the SB-800 to the camera. The indicator appears on the LCD panel telling you that the SB-800 is set as a master flash unit. If you detach the SB-800 from the camera, the indicator automatically changes to iconwirelessRight.gif signifying that the SB-800 is set as a remote flash unit.

Please note: 1. When the SB-800 is set as the master flash unit, Monitor Preflashes are canceled. For other Speedlights, be sure to cancel the master flash unit's Monitor Preflashes. 2. The following flash modes are recommended for the master flash unit.

Setting the flash mode on the remote flash units 1 Detach the SB-800, which is already set to the SU-4 type wireless multiple flash mode, from the camera body. 2 The flash mode on the remote flash unit toggles between iconwirelessA.gif (auto) and iconwirelessM.gif (manual) every time you press the button.

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iconwirelessA.gif A (auto) mode In the A (auto) mode, the remote flash units start and stop firing in sync with the master flash unit. The maximum shooting distance of the SB-800Ýs light sensor is approx. 7m (23 ft.).
iconwirelessM.gif M (manual) mode In the M (manual) mode, the remote flash units only start firing in sync with the master flash unit. The maximum shooting distance of the SB-800Ýs light sensor is approx. 40m (131 ft.). The flash output level can be set from M1/1 to M1/128.

Wireless multiple flash shooting in the iconA.gif (Auto) mode 1 Set the cameraÝs exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or Manual (M). 2 Set up all Speedlights as the master and remote flash units. 3 Set the wireless flash mode of all SB-800Ýs used as master and remote flash units to ýSU-4.ţ 4 Press the button on the remote flash unit to activate the iconA.gif mode. 5 Set the flash mode of the master flash unit to the icon-TTL.gif mode. Note: With Nikon digital SLRs not compatible with CLS, set the flash mode to Auto Aperture or Non-TTL auto flash. 6 Confirm the aperture and flash shooting distance as in normal TTL auto flash photography, then shoot. Flash operation can be confirmed by the ready-light or the beeping sound

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Wireless multiple flash shooting in the icon-M.gif (Manual) mode 1 Set the cameraÝs exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or Manual (M). 2 Set up all Speedlights as the master and remote flash units. 3 Set the wireless flash mode of all SB-800Ýs used as the master and remote flash units to ýSU-4.ţ 4 Press the button on the remote flash unit to activate the icon-M.gif (manual) mode. 5 Set the flash mode of the master flash unit to Manual flash. 6 Confirm the aperture and flash shooting distance as in normal Manual flash shooting, then shoot.

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Adjusting the flash output level manually Use the following equation to determine the proper manual flash output level of the remote flash unit, depending on your creative preferences. GN = F x D where GN is the guide number of the remote flash unit (in meters/feet), F is the lens aperture in use, and D is the distance between the remote flash unit and the subject (in meters/feet). For example, with the SB-800Ýs zoom-head position adjusted to 28mm when using an ISO sensitivity of 100 if a lens aperture (F) of f/4 is used and the subject distance (D) is 2m (6.6 ft.) away, then shooting a subject at a distance of 2m (6.6 ft.), and a lens aperture of f/4, then GN (in meters)= 4 x 2 = 8 GN (in feet)= 4 x 6.6 = approx. 26 Therefore, to get the correct exposure, refer to the Guide Number table and adjust the flash output level to M1/16.

Adjusting the flash output level in Non-TTL auto flash (A); applicable when using a Speedlight compatible with Non-TTL auto flash mounted on the SU-4 as a remote flash unit Non-TTL auto flash (A) can also be selected on the remote flash unit. In this case, the remote flash unit controls the flash output based on the aperture and ISO sensitivity set on the remote flash unit, and automatically stops firing in sync with the master flash unit. 1 Set the same ISO sensitivity on the remote flash unit as set on your camera. 2 Set the same aperture on both the lens and the remote flash unit to obtain the correct exposure. Note: Depending on your creative preferences, you can intentionally overexpose or underexpose the picture by modifying the aperture. The above setting is applicable ONLY when both the master and remote flash units are pointed in the same direction.

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Confirming flash operation using the ready-light or beeping sound You can confirm wireless multiple flash operation by checking the ready-light on the SB-800 or the beeping sound during and after shooting.

Activating and canceling the SB-800Ýs beeping sound in the wireless flash mode When the SB-800 is used as a wireless remote flash unit, you can monitor operation by listening to the beeping sound. This function can activated or canceled using the Custom settings.

Multiple flash shooting using sync cords The SB-800 can be used with Speedlights compatible with the TTL auto flash mode to perform multiple flash shooting using cords. Use of the SB-50DX and SB-23 as remote flash units is not recommended, because the standby function cannot be canceled. Note: Speedlights SB-11, SB-14, SB-140, and SB-21B cannot be used with the F-401/N4004 or F-401s/N4004s as either master or remote flash units. There is also no limitation in usable cameras using this method. With cameras compatible with CLS and digital SLRs not compatible with CLS, Manual flash operation only is possible.

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The maximum number of flash units to be connected using cords Up to five units including the master flash unit can be used for multiple flash photography at a total cable length of 10m (33 ft.).
Make sure the combined total of the coefficients in the table below for all flash units used together does not exceed 20 at 20°C (68°F) or 13 at 40°C (104°F). If it exceeds these figures, you may not be able to take a second shot after the first one. In this case, turn off the power of all flash units and reduce the total number of flash units connected.

Notes on multiple flash shooting using cords 1. Be sure to see the instruction manuals of your cameras, Speedlights, and accessories. ´ Refer to ýSystem chart for TTL multiple flash shooting using cordsţand your cameras and Speedlights instruction manuals for proper connection. 2. Use the optional TTL Remote Cords SC-27, SC-26, SC-19 or SC-18 to connect the SB-800 to more than one remote flash unit.3. Use the optional Multi-Flash Adapter AS-10, if the remote flash units are not equipped with multiple flash terminals. 4.Use the optional Multi-Flash Adapter AS-10 to attach the remote flash unit(s) to a tripod. 5. Be sure to cancel the master flash unit's Monitor Preflashes. 6. Multiple flash shooting using cords can be performed in two modes: (1) TTL multiple flash; and (2) Manual multiple flash. Performing multiple flash shooting in the Manual mode, however, is not recommended, since it is difficult to obtain the correct exposure. Use the TTL auto flash mode with cameras compatible with TTL auto flash.7.To ensure proper exposure, make test shots before shooting important events.

TTL multiple flash using Cords (NOT possible with cameras compatible with CLS and digital SLRs not compatible with CLS) 1 Set the cameraÝs exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or Manual (M). 2 Attach the master flash unit to the camera, turn the power on, and set the flash mode to TTL auto flash. A flash mode, in which Monitor preflashes are fired, cannot be used.

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3 When using either the optional TTL Multi-Flash Sync Cord SC-27,SC-26, SC-19 or SC-18, turn off all flash units before connecting the master flash unit to the remote flash units. 4 Turn on all remote flash units and set the flash mode on all remote flash unit to TTL auto flash. 5 Confirm the aperture and flash shooting distance as in normal TTL auto flash shooting, then shoot. When the flash has fired at its maximum output and underexposure may have occurred, the ready-light on the SB-800 blinks for approx. 3 sec. To compensate, use a wider aperture or move closer to the subject and reshoot.

Manual multiple flash using Cords 1 Set the cameraÝs exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or Manual (M). 2 Turn off the power and attach the master flash unit to the camera. 3 Connect the sync terminal on the master flash unit to the remote flash unit using the optional Sync Cord SC-11 or SC-15. 4 Turn on the power of all flash units and set the flash mode on all units to Manual flash. Note: The flash output level can be adjusted on the SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28, and so forth, if necessary. Note: Repeating flash is not possible in this combination. 5 Confirm the aperture and flash shooting distance as in normal Manual flash shooting, then shoot.

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System chart for TTL multiple flash shooting using Sync Cords/Cables: -

Speedlights SB-11, SB-14, SB-140, and SB-21B cannot be used with the F-401/N4004 or F-401s/N4004s as either master or remote flash units.

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