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D5100 owner with CSL question

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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"RE: D5100 owner with CSL question"

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Fri 25-Jan-13 01:58 PM

>One other low cost option might be to buy 1 SB-700, 1 SB-600
>and 1 SB-400 if money is a big issue. The SB-400 is not as
>powerful as the SB-600, but it really depends on what types of
>photography you want to pursue.

The SB-400 is a nice little CLS flash, but, unfortunately, it cannot work wirelessly. The term 'CLS' does not mean wireless. CLS is the overall flash system, characterized by the way it fires a Monitor preflash to do its metering. The SB-400 fires a Monitor preflash to do its metering, but it will only work in the hot shoe. Also, it does not have a Commander mode, so it cannot control CLS wireless flashes.

>If you're experience with off-camera flash, you could look at
>non-Nikon flash units, but using CLS might not be possible.

Watch out! Mixing CLS wireless flashes with non-CLS wireless flashes is nearly impossible. The problem is that the CLS Monitor Preflash will trigger all non-CLS flashes before the shutter opens.

Russ
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Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

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