Is there a way to trigger a remote flash from the D4 without a cable and without using a flash as a commander in the hot shoe? I know that the pocket wizard type of devices is one alternative but I was wondering if there was anything built into the D4 to handle this.
I previously used my D700 which had a pop up flash which could be set as the commander.
Wed 28-Aug-13 11:02 AM | edited Wed 28-Aug-13 11:20 AM by gmth
Lance, You can use the SU-800 flash commander placed on the hot shoe, or certain Nikon flash units can also act as a commander for remote flash units. I think there are other options, using non-Nikon devices such as Pocket Wizards, etc.
The Nikon SU-800 is a commander only device that fits in the hot shoe. It uses IR to communicate and does not emit any visible light. The SU-800 will control three groups of remotes, the pop up flash of your D700 will only control 2 remote groups.
The Pocket Wizard solution requires a transmitter at the camera and receivers at each flash. Using the SU-800 does not require additional devices at each flash. One advantage of Pocket Wizards and other similar devices is that they use radio frequency signals and don't require line of sight between camera and remote.
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>Thanks for your responses. I guess Nikon wants us to buy >more gear to bring the commander functionality of the top of >the line, D4, up to other models.
I think it's more that they just didn't include the popup flash, which is why the others have the ability. I've often wondered why they don't put a popup on the Dx, I've heard people say "pros don't need them" but I think the explanation that it compromises the structural strength may be more reasonable, but I've never heard a real explanation. So I think the lack of commander mode is more side effect of the other decision.
Strength is one possibility I hadn't thought of. I assumed it had more to do with physical size (of the pentaprism, primarily). The D700 has a slightly smaller pentaprism (only 95% coverage), and it's positioned a little differently. The positioning slightly limits options when using a PC-E lens with D700.
>Or they are using radio transmitters like Pocket Wizards that >are not limited to close visual range.
This is a key factor. If you're shooting portraits or macro, it's not an issue. But if you're trying to trigger a remote camera or flash 100 meters away, it means you can't use the SU-800, and will have to use PocketWizards or a similar product.