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ajkjr Silver Member  Cincinnati, US  Nikonian since 08th Feb 2008 Tue 20-Jan-09 12:51 PM
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"Wireless us of SB-600 or SB-900"



I have a D3 and a SB-600 (upgrading to a SB-900 soon) I saw a photographer using his flash handheld, sitting on floor etc. I can not seem to get this to work woth the D3 and SB-600. Is this possible and if so can you point me in the right direction. Thanks. Joe

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gvk Silver Member  Mystic, US  Nikonian since 16th Feb 2006 Tue 20-Jan-09 01:31 PM
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#1. "RE: Wireless us of SB-600 or SB-900"
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Since the D3 has no built in flash, you need an SU-800, SB-800 or SB-900 mounted on the camera's hot shoe to enable wireless communication to off camera SB-600, SB-800, SB-900 or SBR-200 flashes. The off camera flashes are set in remote mode, and the flash or SU-800 on the camera is set as commander. The mode and power level or EV compensations settings are adjusted on the commander. Cameras such as the D700, D300, D90 etc. can use their built in flash in commander mode to provide wireless communication to remote flashes.

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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography   Philadelphia, US  Charter Member Tue 20-Jan-09 01:42 PM
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#2. "RE: Wireless us of SB-600 or SB-900"
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Hi Joe,

From your topic name I'm assuming you're trying to control your SB-600 from your D3 wirelessly. Your D3 has no built-in flash, so it can't do it by itself. The photographer you saw control his flash from his camera was probably controlling the flash by:


  • If the camera had a built-in flash, such as the D700 or D300 the built-in flash could have been used to be a "master" to control the SB-600 through the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), an infrared light control system.
  • If it was a D3 or another Nikon DSLR, the photographer could have been using an SU-800 in the hot shoe as a "master" to control the remote SB-600, via the CLS, and you didn't notice it.
  • If it was a D3 or another DSLR, the photographer could have been using a radio control system such as pocket wizards to wireless run the flash.
  • You probably would have noticed it, but another Speedlight in the hot shoe of the D3 could have been the master controlling the off camera flash. The SB-800 and the SB-900 are capable of being "masters." (The SB-600 is not capable of being a "master.") Their flash can even be turned off, so they don't contribute to the light in the photo, but still act as a "master."


So if you want to run your flash wirelessly from your D3, your options are to use Nikon CLS to remotely fire the SB-600, with an SU-800, SB-800 or SB-900 atop your D3 as your master, or use a radio system such as Pocket Wizards.

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