I recently acquired an R1C1 macro ring flash. This uses the SU 800 mounted on the hotshoe with SBR200 flash heads triggered by IR signal. When not used for macro work, the flash heads can be positioned anywhere.
What I can't figure is how to integrate this with my SB 800 speedlite so I can use it and the flash heads around the room for special effect.
The manuals of both units are obtuse. Does anyone know how to do this?
#1. "RE: Can SU 800 Trigger a SB-800?" In response to Reply # 0
I have the SB-R1 in backorder, so can't test anything right now. But I understood that the SB-800 must be in Remote-mode, i.e. A, B or C. Then the SU-800 should be able to fire and control that group, like the SB-R200's. Hope this helps.
Further added/edited: Page 42 a.o. of the instruction manual of your R1C1 shows how to deal with these groups A, B and C. Page 69 of tye BB-800 instruction manual shows how to set it in "Remote". Then follow the instructions on page 78 a.o.
#2. "RE: Can SU 800 Trigger a SB-800?" In response to Reply # 0
First open the battery door of the SU-800 and turn the small slider switch from Close-Up (Flower Image) to Commander Mode (Little Flashgun).
Press SEL to move the options over to the channel number on the right hand side and set the SU-800 to the chosen channel.
Press and hold SEL on the SB-800 to open the options menu and then Remote options (Two flashguns and wiggly arrows). From there select the REMOTE option, Then press and hold the SEL again to quit from the options menu. This will put your SB-800 into slave mode and then allow you to select the channel and group settings you wish for that flash.
Return to the SU-800 after setting up all the SB-800's in the groups you wish. Then on the SU-800 set the metering modes (TTL, AA, ^^ for Manual or --- for off) for each group.
Test the heads and groupings by pressing the orange flash test button on the back of the SU-800, that cycles through each group in turn to let you confirm that each head is set to the correct group.