Quick question: I have a single D100 and an SB-80Dx. Will that trigger wirelessly? If so, now? With another 80DX?
I need a backup flash and the 80DX's are reasonable now, becasue of the newer models. If I picked up an additional 80DX would I have a wireless multiple strobe setup?
I can't see upgrading to a newer body anytime soon either. I know I should always be thinking ahead, especially with digital, but the D100 has been very good for the type of shooting I do and I'd probably pick up another if the price was right.
Details and your experince would be appreciated. Thanks!
I just started experimenting with our Coolpix 5400 and using the SB-80DX off-camera in wireless mode recently, so I can't offer much real information. However, you will probably get more response to this question if you post it in the Speedlights forum.
There is a pretty good bit of information in Thom's D100 ebook. Here is your basic challenge with DTTL ala D100. The CCD is not reflective like film, so rather than meter the exposure realtime (during the exposure), Nikon opted to precalculate the exposure. Now, they needed data, so they pre-flash, just before the actual exposure (honest, I'm not making this up) and calculate exposure based on that information. Then, they fire the flash for a pre-determined time. Problem? Well, it's just that the pre-flash triggers the fricking remote. So in sum, DTTL on the D100 isn't much fun. Nikon decide to redesign for the D70, but that's of no consequence to you and me. It's not hopeless. Use the AA mode and forget DTTL. At least you can trigger the remotes at the right time.
The SB80dx has to be triggered by another flash. And like was mentioned if you use the D100 onboard flash you have to turn the flash to manual in order to turn off the pre-flashes which trigger the remote slave SB80dx. The SB80dx then has to be either manual or Automatic.
Or you'd have to get some sort of wireless triggering method that uses radio frequencies or Infrared and the receiver hooks into the SB80dx PC sync socket.
Or ...just stick with cords. Remember that ANY flash will set off the SB80dx slave, if you're using it somewhere where their might be other people shooting.
yes the Bee would set off the SB80dx or vice versa the SB80dx could set off the Bee. One would have to be triggered by a cord or some wireless setup. or both could be triggered remotely by an onboard flash. Both the sb0dx and the bee will have to be set manually to get correct exposure in the shot.