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D40x flash problems. Please help!

nikonkat

UK
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nikonkat Registered since 21st May 2012
Mon 21-May-12 05:57 PM

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone can help me please. I am having problems with flash on my Nikon D40x.
I have an SB900 flash and suddenly on auto and TTL mode my images started coming out really dark. I tested with the on camera flash and it was also dim, barely making a difference at all so it must be to do with the camera. I have checked all my camera settings over and over again and they are all the same as I always use in that situation (I do nightclub photography). I have a high ISO, slow shutter speed and maximum aperture, the same settings I always use in the nightclub with flash on TTL mode.

If I put the SB900 on manual mode I can get the flash just about bright enough but as I have to move quickly around pubs and nightclubs photographing groups of people I don't have time to keep changing my settings on the flash as well as the camera. I can't find any info on the internet about someone having the same problem.
Any help would be hugely appreciated!
Thanks

MEMcD

US
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#1. "RE: D40x flash problems. Please help!" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 21-May-12 05:26 PM

Hi Kathleen,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Sorry to hear of your problem.
Did you inadvertantly dial in negative Exposure Compensation and or negative Flash Compensation?
Is your SB-900 fully seated and locked in the hotshoe?
Are there fresh batteries in the Speedlight?
Are you waiting for the ready light on your SB-900 or the lightning bolt symbol in the viewfinder to turn on before you release the shutter?
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

nikonkat

UK
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#2. "RE: D40x flash problems. Please help!" | In response to Reply # 1

nikonkat Registered since 21st May 2012
Mon 21-May-12 05:53 PM

Hello, thanks for your response.
Exposure compensation and flash compensation are both at 0. I've changed the batteries in the flash and tried a different battery in the camera too and given the hotshoe a wipe in case of dust. Everything is exactly how is usually is, I don't understand! It seems as if there's a problem inside the camera or something but after lots of internet searching I haven't come across anyone else who has had the same problem.
Thanks,
Kat

MEMcD

US
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#3. "RE: D40x flash problems. Please help!" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 21-May-12 06:26 PM

Hi Kathleen,

Do you have the Aperture stopped down?
What exposure mode are you using?
What is the flash to subject distance?
Could you post a sample image with the Exif data intact?
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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