"Off-Camera Master" Wed 06-Mar-13 11:34 AM by Don Boys
I am trying to duplicate a method Syl Arean uses with Canon equipment. I am using a D7000. I have an SB 900 connected via SC-28 cord to my D7000 hotshoe. I want to locate the SB-900 some distance from the camera and make it the Master. It would send infrared signals to other flashes that set their power levels and fire those flashes. My goal at this point is to use Manual power on all flashes. Since the SB900 it is not located at the camera I want to control all groups from a camera menu. I don't see how to do that.
I thought I might set the camera's menu to Commander, and set the power for the Built-In flash in the camera menu to one value, say M, 1/4 (i.e. the SB-900'power level) and other groups to perhaps a different power, Manual control. The SB-900 would be set to On. This must not be correct, because when I set the on-board menu to turn off all flashes, the SB900, connected by SB-28 still flashes.
If I set the SB900 to Master, i.e. using the switch on the SB900, I can set the power levels on flashes correctly, but only from the menu on the SB900. This defeats the ability to set the everything from camera postion. This is the procedure I would use with the SB900 mounted on the camera hot shoe, and still acting as a commander. In that case the menu in camera is really not used at all. Looks like what I want to accomplish is not possible. But I keep thing Joe McNally does it all the time.