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Can I use a sb-80dx in slave mode with a D700?

NikonMark37814

Morristown, US
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NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010
Sat 24-Nov-12 03:17 AM

Found of couple of these cheap and I may pick one up if it'll work as an optical slave with my D700 and SB-800's.

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gbowen

Canton, US
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#1. "RE: Can I use a sb-80dx in slave mode with a D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Mon 26-Nov-12 10:54 AM | edited Mon 26-Nov-12 11:21 AM by gbowen

I just read that it has a built in slave, however it says it's wireless, so you may need an optical slave, since this is pre-iTTL. You'll need to set the flash to manual.

I'd be interested to know if that works. They would work great as background lights.

EDIT: It has SU-4, so it should work in manual mode. SU-4 is an optical slave. I'm not up on SU-4, but I believe there is also an auto mode. Can anyone who has used SU-4 confirm that?

George

gbowen

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#2. "RE: Can I use a sb-80dx in slave mode with a D700?" | In response to Reply # 1

gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011
Mon 26-Nov-12 07:20 PM

Ok, adding some more findings. I remembered one thing, and that is CLS and SU-4 do not work together. The preflashes from the camera or SB-800 commander will set off the SB-80 before the other flash unit(s)go off.

So it's all SU-4 or CLS, not a combination of the two. Or go with Pocket Wizards.

George

MEMcD

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#3. "RE: Can I use a sb-80dx in slave mode with a D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 29-Nov-12 05:55 AM

Hi Mark,

The SB-80DX has a built in optical slave mode that can be set to non-TTL Auto mode or Manual flash mode.
The D700's built-in Speedlight or on camera Speedlight must be set in Manual flash mode or non-TTL Auto flash mode.
I would also recommend having the camera in Manual exposure mode and Manual ISO as well.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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