Hello all, I just purchased a used SB-16b for my F3 (obviously) and I'm not sure if it's working correctly. Here's the question: when in TTL mode, the ready light on flash and in viewfinder is supposed to do what if the flash output was correct? Right now it always blinks farily rapidly after a shot. What makes me think it isn't working properly is (1) my pictures upon processing and (2) the fact that the same blinking occurs even with the lens cap on. Now that just doesn't seem right. And yes, I am using a correct ASA (sorry, old school term there).
#1. "RE: ever use an SB-16b?" | In response to Reply # 0
Johnny Basic MemberFri 03-Aug-01 05:55 PM
I don't know about the F3 specifically but most of the other Nikon equipment I've used says that the blinking flash after the exposure means that there might have been an underexposure.
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -Confuciuscolor>
#2. "RE: ever use an SB-16b?" | In response to Reply # 0
Hey, if your using it with your F3 then it should be an SB 16A. It's the same unit as the SB16B with a foot that fits the F3. The 3 second blinking light after exposure indicates that the entire output was used so it's likely that the image is underexposed. Check to make sure your exposure compensation dial on your F3 isn't turned to + compensation. Check the guide on back to make sure that for the distance you are away that you're not stopped down too much. For example if you're shooting iso 100 film and your 25 feet away, shooting at 85mm or greater the flash is going to dump it's whole charge and still not light the picture, you have to open to 5.6 at that distance.