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swatty Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Jan 2012Thu 03-Jan-13 10:12 AM
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"off camera flashes"


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Hi guys, am a newbie regards flashes. Am completely lost at present and desperately need help. Have a d3s and a sb900 and sb700. For the life of me I can not work out what I have to do to have both flashes working together off camera. I have been able to wire the sb900 to the d3s and use solo. Can not get the sb 700 to fire. Obviously my settings are wrong and I have searched the net for answers but can not find a simple answer.
I managed to set up both flashes tonite to fire. When I manually fire the 900, it flashes and then there is a second delay before the 700 fires by itself. Please help if you can. I am really struggling.

many thanks
Swatty

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luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010Thu 03-Jan-13 11:55 AM
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#1. "RE: off camera flashes"
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Thu 03-Jan-13 11:56 AM by luckyphoto

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You should start with this -

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

Then look at the first "sticky" post in this forum -

"The Nikon Creative Lighting System".

There is also a good video on Nikon's Creative Lighting System by Joe McNally -

"A Hands-On Guide to Creative Lighting"

You can use the Nikon CLS to easily control both flashes off camera, but you'll waste a lot of time trying to get a proper exposure if you don't understand some of the basics.

Good luck.



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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Thu 03-Jan-13 02:20 PM
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#2. "RE: off camera flashes"
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Chicago, US
          

Nikon's manuals are not very clear nor do they have good examples. Look at Fast Track to Wireless Speedlights for a cleared illustrated guide for setting up cameras and Speedlights in the CLS mode. It covers both the SB-900 and SB-700. The D3s is not covered as the camera does not have in-camera flash control.

Exactly how are your Speedlights setup?

Are you trying to use CLS, Creative Lighting System, AWS, Advance Wireless System, or just a dumb remote, SU4?

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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter MemberSat 05-Jan-13 03:09 PM
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#3. "RE: off camera flashes"
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Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
          

>Hi guys, am a newbie regards flashes. Am completely lost at
>present and desperately need help. Have a d3s and a sb900 and
>sb700. For the life of me I can not work out what I have to do
>to have both flashes working together off camera. I have been
>able to wire the sb900 to the d3s and use solo. Can not get
>the sb 700 to fire. Obviously my settings are wrong and I have
>searched the net for answers but can not find a simple
>answer.
>I managed to set up both flashes tonite to fire. When I
>manually fire the 900, it flashes and then there is a second
>delay before the 700 fires by itself. Please help if you can.
>I am really struggling.
>
>many thanks
>Swatty

First, the D3s does not have a built-in Commander, so there is no way to fire both flashes off-camera wirelessly. You have to manually and use a PC cord to fire the SB-900 in Manual mode. Then, it will fire the SB700 in SU-4 mode as an optical slave. Of course this is an all-manual setup where you have to set the power you want on the back of each flash.

If you want to use Nikon's wonderful Advanced Wireless CLS, you have to mount one of the two flashes on the D3s hot shoe and set it in commander mode. Then, set the other flash in Remote mode. Make sure to set the Commander and the Remote in the same channel.

Russ
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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Sat 05-Jan-13 03:56 PM
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#4. "RE: off camera flashes"
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If you wanted another Nikon accessory, you could add an SU-800to you kit.

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