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jaclegau

Lachenaie, CA
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jaclegau Registered since 28th Sep 2006
Wed 22-Aug-12 03:43 PM

Hi !

Just bought, at a good price, a used SB900 which works well but I have a problem that I hope someone will be able to help me with.
When I take a picture, the flash does not fire rignt away. It seems to focus then fires. This is good for someone posing or an object but for sport photography or movinfg subjects, I would need it to flash immediately. Can someone help me ?

Thanks

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HBB

Phoenix, US
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#1. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 0

HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter Member
Wed 22-Aug-12 04:10 PM

Jacques:

Two things to check:

1) Camera's speedlight sync is set to rear curtain.

2) Speedlight is set to "Red Eye Reduction", in which case you will see a series of brief pulses prior to shutter opening to constrict subject's pupils before firng for image capture.

If this doesn't clear things up, let us know and we can continue.

Hope this helps a bit.

Regards,

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
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jaclegau

Lachenaie, CA
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#2. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 1

jaclegau Registered since 28th Sep 2006
Thu 23-Aug-12 10:24 PM

How do I set the flash sync on the camera to rear curtain and the speedlight to red eye reduction If I use red eye reduction, it pulses and then fires. What I would like is to be able to have the speedlight flash at the same time that I push the shutter release button.
It might seem obvious to a lot of people but I never used a flash except the strobes I use in studio because I always tried to stay away from them. But now, I am asked to shoot a wedding in the family and since I might need one, I decided to buy this one.

Thanks.

P.S. I was hoping you would answer because i remembered a photo of you with a table full of flashes

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ScottChapin

Powder Springs, US
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#3. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 2

ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter Member
Fri 24-Aug-12 01:53 AM

What Hal was getting at is that rear curtain will delay triggering. You want it set to front curtain sync. Red eye reduction will delay flash triggering to allow for the pulses that reduce red eye.

Scott Chapin
Powder Springs, GA, USA

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MEMcD

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#4. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 24-Aug-12 06:09 AM

Hi Jacques,

You can verify the flash mode that the camera is in by pressing the flash button (lightning bolt symbol) on the front left side of the prism housing and checking the top LCD display.
If the flash mode is set to red-eye reduction mode (eye symbol), slow sync mode (SLOW) , or to rear sync mode (REAR) just rotate the Command dial until only the lightning bolt symbol on the edge of the box (front curtain mode) is displayed.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

jaclegau

Lachenaie, CA
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#5. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 4

jaclegau Registered since 28th Sep 2006
Fri 24-Aug-12 04:10 PM

Thanks everybody. Everything works fine.

Jaclegau
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HBB

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#6. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 2

HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter Member
Fri 24-Aug-12 06:44 PM

Jacques:

Please accept my apology for my terse response to your question. I should have gone a bit farther.

Thanks to Scott and Marty for covering for me.

I'm glad everything is working for you.

Regards,

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
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MEMcD

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#7. "RE: Nikon sb900 flash" | In response to Reply # 5

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 24-Aug-12 08:42 PM

Hi Jacques,

Outstanding!
Enjoy.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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