>I am just starting to use my SB800 and SB900 as remote >flashes. I tried to use the built in flash of my D300 as a >commander, in an outside setting (sunny). I had the remote >flashes in front of the camera (off to the side), no more than >6 feet from the camera. The flashes wouldn't fire. When >testing indoors, there was no problem with triggering the >flashes. What is the triggering range of the built in flash >as a commander. Do I have to place the remote flashes to the >right or left of the camera to trigger them? Thanks for any >help.
My experience shows that it is very difficult outdoors, in bright light, to get more than about 15 feet range with a camera commander. At night you can get 50 feet or so, but the camera commander it was designed for primarilly low ambient indoor studio work, and it works very well in that role.