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11/20/2004 04:20:54 PM · #1
Just got my SB-600 yesterday. I'm looking to take some macro shots but would need the wireless flash feature...
How do I make my SB-600 wireless? It is written in the manual that it could only be used as a remote flash unit. What exactly does this imply?
11/20/2004 04:26:40 PM · #2
In combination with the F717 ? Don't know.

In combination with the D70 : set your camera flash to commander mode and set remote "on" on the flash unit (press the zoom and minus button for a few seconds, and then press the mode button so "on" is displayed on the lcd). That's all.
11/20/2004 04:29:01 PM · #3
D70 of course.

Commander mode? How do I set that up?

Thanks
11/20/2004 04:31:36 PM · #4
Originally posted by labuda:

D70 of course.

Commander mode? How do I set that up?

Thanks


menu option 19 on your D70
11/20/2004 05:47:49 PM · #5
The commander mode can be set in the menu. The wireless is awesome for portraits etc, but it dosen't work well for macro at all. The flash just can't quench that close, and the result is over exposure. The manual states you need to be at least 3' from subject for it to work properly.
11/20/2004 05:55:54 PM · #6
I also have the sb600. I could be wrong, but the sb600 can only recieve the signal. Only the sb800 can send the wireless signal (one of the major differences between the two aside from more power).

the D70 has ttl metering and should run the sb600 accordingly (assuming you have a cpu lens) On this note, I've had trouble with the hot shoe on my D70. You really have to make sure the flash is on there very exactly or it won't adjust with the zoom.

If you have a cpu macro lens you should be able to get the proper exposure with the sb600.. If not you could always use the tables in the instruction guide, and do the math for the distance and set the flash accordingly.. But all in all, I've never seen a 'commander mode' option in my D70 maybe I'm just an idiot but hey.

Joe
11/20/2004 07:23:58 PM · #7
Originally posted by hyperfocal:

The commander mode can be set in the menu. The wireless is awesome for portraits etc, but it dosen't work well for macro at all. The flash just can't quench that close, and the result is over exposure. The manual states you need to be at least 3' from subject for it to work properly.


Actually, I just had the most successful macro photo shoot ever! I simply made a dome from a regular white poster paper (1m x 0.5m or something) and point the flash up. It gives really nice results. However, I had to set the flash intensity manually (on the camera).
Also, I made sure to put on the hood for my sigma 105mm/2.8.

Would i-TTL work for such a setup? I couldn't get it to work, but it might be missing something.
11/20/2004 08:05:17 PM · #8
Originally posted by magicshutter:

I also have the sb600. I could be wrong, but the sb600 can only recieve the signal. Only the sb800 can send the wireless signal (one of the major differences between the two aside from more power).


You're right.

Originally posted by magicshutter:

the D70 has ttl metering and should run the sb600 accordingly (assuming you have a cpu lens) On this note, I've had trouble with the hot shoe on my D70. You really have to make sure the flash is on there very exactly or it won't adjust with the zoom.

If you have a cpu macro lens you should be able to get the proper exposure with the sb600.. If not you could always use the tables in the instruction guide, and do the math for the distance and set the flash accordingly.. But all in all, I've never seen a 'commander mode' option in my D70 maybe I'm just an idiot but hey.

Joe


The option is called 'Flash mode' on the custom settings menu. There are 3 choices: TTL, Auto, Commander mode, I think. TTL is the normal mode.
11/21/2004 06:50:13 AM · #9
Originally posted by skylen:

Originally posted by magicshutter:

I also have the sb600. I could be wrong, but the sb600 can only recieve the signal. Only the sb800 can send the wireless signal (one of the major differences between the two aside from more power).


You're right.


Yes, the SB-600 cannot send the wireless signal, only receive it.
You have to use either a SB-800 or the built-in flash to send the signal (menu option 19) to the SB-600.
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