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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberMon 29-Oct-12 08:58 PM
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"Dragging shutter"


Powder Springs, US
          

This has happened to me twice and I'm not sure how to trouble shoot the problem.

Scenario:
1. SB800
2. D700
3. Paramount iTTL cable with hot shoe for PW.
4. Damp and dark shooting conditions as well as cool outdoors.
5. Front curtain sync with 1/60 sec minimum SS
6. Aperture preferred at f/9.0.

It will randomly drop the shutter speed to 1/25. If I turn the flash and camera off and turn the camera on followed by the flash, it shoots at 1/60.

Of course I set the aperture and shutter in manual mode and everything is OK. I suspect the cable, but I'm not sure of that. It doesn't seem to do it when the weather is warm and dry.

Scott Chapin
Powder Springs, GA, USA
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jim thomas Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2003Wed 31-Oct-12 12:28 AM
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#1. "RE: Dragging shutter"
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Edmond, US
          

Hi Scott,

I assume that you do not have slow sync set for the flash?


JDT

  

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberWed 31-Oct-12 08:43 AM
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#2. "RE: Dragging shutter"
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Powder Springs, US
          

I'll double check, but no, I don't. I don't think that would stop when I cycle camera and flash power. I'm thinking its the weather, but don't know.

Scott Chapin
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ctadin Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008Wed 31-Oct-12 12:54 PM
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Wed 31-Oct-12 12:55 PM by ctadin

St Louis, US
          

Scott,
Do you have another cable you can try it with?

Cheryl

  

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberWed 31-Oct-12 01:57 PM
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Powder Springs, US
          

Cheryl,

I wish I did. It's a pricy specialty cable from Paramount. It is a modified SC-28 with a hotshoe wired in that holds the PocketWizard Plus II transceiver. It works, seemingly so, almost always. I saw this happen 2 or 3 years ago when the weather was similar.

The first time on the SC coast, the dew point was reached as a cool night set in. This time in Cookville, TN it had been misting all day and it started after sunset when it got cool.

I had the flash, PW, and camera protected by a large oven bag, so direct moisture should not be the issue. I didn't notice condensation, so it's just strange.

Scott Chapin
Powder Springs, GA, USA
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avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Charter MemberWed 31-Oct-12 03:44 PM
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#5. "RE: Dragging shutter"
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Rancho Cordova, US
          

I remember reading here (or maybe on another site) that the weather can cause electronics to behave irregularly. In cold low humidy weather, static electricity caused my SB-28 to fire when it wasn't supposed to. I wonder if this is the same thing with the soddered connections in the cable.

But if you are in a specific mode, I don't know why settings would change. Definitely a weird problem.



Anthony

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberThu 01-Nov-12 08:21 AM
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#6. "RE: Dragging shutter"
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Powder Springs, US
          

Thanks Anthony, that makes me more comfortable with my thoughts that it's a fluke and not a problem with the equipment.

Scott Chapin
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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberThu 01-Nov-12 08:21 AM
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#7. "RE: Dragging shutter"
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Thu 01-Nov-12 08:23 AM by ScottChapin

Powder Springs, US
          

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