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ruleboy Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jun 2011Fri 28-Dec-12 11:12 PM
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"D3000 & SB700"


Palm City, US
          

Newbie question here:

I have started my Nikon career with a D3000. For Christmas I received a SB700
Speedlight.

Been trying to use Speedlight off the camera with no success. Have set Speedlight on Remote but don't know how to set camera up with a remote off of hot shoe.

What am I doing wrong or do I have an incapable camera model?

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29th Dec 2012
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 29-Dec-12 05:11 AM
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#1. "RE: D3000 & SB700"
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Hi John,

Since the D3000 doesn't have Commander mode built into the camera you will have to add a second SB-700 (or SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, or SU-800) set in Commander mode in the hotshoe of your D3000 to control your remote SB-700 using i-TTL CLS wireless flash control.

If you set your D3000 in Manual exposure mode with Manual ISO and set the built-in Speedlight in Manual flash mode. Then set your SB-700 in SU-4 (optical slave) mode. The SB-700 will then fire in sync with the D3000's shutter.
Keep in mind that you will have to set the power level for both the built-in Speedlight and the Off Camera SB-700 Manually based on the the Aperture and ISO you have the camera set to and the flash to subject distance using the calculator built into the D700.
You could also use the trial and error method using the histogram to dial in the correct aperture and or power level.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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ruleboy Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jun 2011Sat 29-Dec-12 02:50 PM
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#2. "RE: D3000 & SB700"
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Palm City, US
          

Thanks, Marty, for the very informative reply although I don't like the answer. I guess I will just have to get better at photography so that I can justify a more advanced Nikon at some point. But using the SB700 on the hot shoe in bounce mode is still better than using the pop up flash, right?

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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Sat 29-Dec-12 09:45 PM
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#3. "RE: D3000 & SB700"
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>But using the SB700 on the hot shoe in bounce
>mode is still better than using the pop up flash, right?
>
>Ruleboy


Comparing the pop-up flash to a SB700 is like night versus day.

Enjoy!

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 29-Dec-12 11:32 PM
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#4. "RE: D3000 & SB700"
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Hi John,


>But using the SB700 on the hot shoe in bounce
>mode is still better than using the pop up flash, right?

Yes!
Keep in mind that Manual Flash mode and SU-4 is easier than it sounds.
Especially in controlled conditions.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012Fri 04-Jan-13 09:45 PM
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#5. "RE: D3000 & SB700"
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El Sobrante, US
          

You may be surprised at how well the SB700 can work in bounce mode if you learn the right techniques. Take a look at www.planetneil.com. I've improved my flash work more by using Neil's info than from any number of new bits of equipment. There's a lot to learn, but it is well worth the effort.

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ruleboy Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jun 2011Sat 05-Jan-13 06:00 PM
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#6. "RE: D3000 & SB700"
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Palm City, US
          

Thanks for the encouragement, Toby. I just ordered a Vivitar Digital Off Shoe Flash Cord. I think it will be exactly what I need to connect my D3000 to the SB700 and have it off camera. Thoughts?

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