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geneluck Silver Member  Reading, UK  Nikonian since 16th Oct 2004 Sat 02-Dec-06 06:01 PM
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"why not use simply a cord for SB-800"



I see many posts about the complexity of setting the SB-800 remote :
My question is the following: I have used a simple cord to connect my D200 to the SB-800 and it works well :I do not have to fiddle with the flash settings, with the menu on the D200 , there is no problem with the D200 pre-flash firing:
So if someone wants only to use the SB-800 off the camera but still at arm length , is it not the easiest solution and what do I miss doing that?
Off course if you want to use a set of flashes , you will need to use the cls.
Thanks for any help.
Jean-luc

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Reply message RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800 bclaff Silver Member Awarded for multiple contributions for the Resources
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Reply message RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800 geneluck Silver Member
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     Reply message RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800 Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography
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Reply message RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800 Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography
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Reply message RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800 geneluck Silver Member
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bclaff Silver Member Awarded for multiple contributions for the Resources   Vancouver (WA USA not Canada), US  Nikonian since 26th Oct 2004 Sat 02-Dec-06 09:53 PM
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#1. "RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800"
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Jean-luc,

I find a sync cord, heavy, clumsy, and an unnecessary expense.


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geneluck Silver Member  Reading, UK  Nikonian since 16th Oct 2004 Sun 03-Dec-06 10:20 PM
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Hi Bill,
I appreciate your arguments , but obviously you belong to those who have mastered the art of cls.
I was referring to the great number of non-professional people who only need to use a flash from time to time and have problems setting up both the SB-800 (not very intuitive for me at least) and their camera (D200 for me)
I have tried without cord and it worked in some conditions and not other , like in one room and not the other(flash did not fire).
I occasionally had difficulty to to switch back the SB-800 from remote to normal stand-alone.(select+?, 2seconds ?)

Another advantage with the cord is that the flash does not have to be in direct line with the infra-red camera light transmitter,
jean-luc

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography   Philadelphia, US  Charter Member Mon 04-Dec-06 12:55 AM
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Jean-Luc, as it turns out, there is an advantage to using the SC-28/29 to connect the SB-800 to the D200. With an SC-28/29 connecting the flash to the camera you get to use the mode TTL BL, which, in my opinion, is more consistent and accurate than TTL mode. When using CLS, TTL BL mode is unavailable.

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography   Philadelphia, US  Charter Member Sat 02-Dec-06 10:14 PM
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#2. "RE: why not use simply a cord for SB-800"
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Jean-luc, as it turns out, while many of us don't use a sync cord, many of us do.

For me, I judge the situation and act accordingly. Sometimes I use a sync cord and sometimes I don't. If I'm in a situation where I'm going to keep an SB-800 on a bracket, such as my Stroboframe ProT, then I'm using my SB-28 sync cord (shortened version by the way). If I'm in a situation in which I'm going to do some hand holding the SB-800, then I'm going cordless and I'll use my SU-800 to command the SB-800.

When it comes down to it, you should use what works best for you, and the way you take photographs. One thing I would suggest though, do some experimentation. Try using CLS to fire off that SB-800 of yours. You might like the way it works out for you.

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geneluck Silver Member  Reading, UK  Nikonian since 16th Oct 2004 Mon 04-Dec-06 10:25 AM
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Thanks Ned for for your comments.
I just find that the sophistication of modern equipment is such that it is difficult to remember exactly what to do if you do not use it all the time: using a cord could be somehow be a fallback solution for anyone having similar problems (of course it does not look so smart!)
Interesting point also about using the advantage of having the option of TTL-BL
Jean-luc

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