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diegonyc Registered since 31st Oct 2006Tue 29-May-07 06:06 AM
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"Using 2 speedlights: sb800 & off camera sb600"



          

Hey guys,

Here's my dilemma... I want to get into off-camera flash photography and my biggest issue with the d80 and my sb600 is that when in commander mode, i have a hard time AFing undew low-light conditions. I have the option to enable the AF assist light on the d80 but it's a very harsh light. I really do not like it at all.
I know my options are to either buy the sc-29, which has it's own red AF assist beam which is easier on the eyes for my subjects or there is the SU-800 which is the same thing but wireless for 3 times the amount of money. If im going to spend that much for wireless, i might as well get another speedlight (sb-800).
Now my question is, if I do get the SB800 speedlight and use that on camera as a master and use the sb600 as slave, will the sb-800 still fire a flash in order to communicate with the slave? im trying to avoid another pre-flash from firing from the camera. all i want is the red beam to help me AF easier under low light conditions. the sc-29 will help me do that but it's not wireless.
i hope i didn't confuse u guys...
any help would be appreciated!

-Diego



  

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Tue 29-May-07 06:58 AM
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eugene, US
          

The SC 29 cord is a good solution for low light on a bracket.

The SB 600 should have a dark red focus light which should also work.

The SB 800 is can be used but the signal is visible.

The SU 800 is a infra red signal.

ledmun

  

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sitbonzo Registered since 02nd Jun 2007Sat 02-Jun-07 06:16 AM
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GB
          

have a look at www.strobist.com

you wont regret it.

  

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sixgun Registered since 26th May 2004Tue 05-Jun-07 05:11 PM
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Austin, US
          

>Now my question is, if I do get the SB800 speedlight and use that on camera as a master and use the sb600 as slave, will the sb-800 still fire a flash in order to communicate with the slave? im trying to avoid another pre-flash from firing from the camera.<

Depends, if your doing TTL or using Nikons CLS then pre-flashes are your way of life. The more flashes the more chatty they get. The only way around that is to go manual mode, set your exposures manually (no CLS or TTL) and figure out how to trip them (optical or RF).

 all i want is the red beam to help me AF easier under low light conditions. the sc-29 will help me do that but it's not wireless.<

I think your over thinking your problem. If all you want is a red beam to help your camera focus then buy just that. Purchase some cheap toy laser that creates an “X” and attach it to your camera with tape/Velcro. What you REALLY are trying to get is something that creates a line of contrast the sensor can pick up on. Have you considered just a regular flashlight with a red filter or other such shenanigins? Maybe even a dim desk lamp off to the side so its not in the subjects eyes but not bright enough to affect exposure?

  

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