The Nikon CLS technology continues to be a mystery to many Nikonians. I started building my current herd of speedlights several years ago, when the SB800 appeared. I now have a dozen of them, plus at least one of every other current production Nikon speedlight.
Once I decoded the SB800 manual and learned my way around CLS, I discovered the confusion surrounding the mysterious preflash sequence, and started looking for a way to explain it graphically.
The idea for this sequence capture technique came to me at 3:00 am one morning a year or so ago. I got up, set it up and captured the first set of images, and went back to bed. Since then, I've wanted to return to it and see how the manual option worked. Hence, the pair of images above.
I conduct sporadic speedlight workshops in the Phoenix area and will be making a second, annual guest appearance at Winston Hall's Nikonian speedlight workshop in Phoenix on February 14th.
The rest of my herd of pocket wizards (the MultiMax units) should arrive next week and I can get into the challenge of exploring PW and Nikon speedlight configurations. Soooo many configuration options!
Thanks again for your comments.
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