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Setting FASTER Synch Speed on my F5 with the SB800

Mantova

UK
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Mantova Registered since 23rd Oct 2004
Tue 23-Jun-09 11:28 AM

Hi everyone, need some help here....

I'm having a frustrating time with Flash (SB-800) on my Nikon F5 !! When I'm shooting Weddings and my adrenaline is pumping, I need to use 1/125th of a second shutter speed to avoid camera shake with my 28-70 f2.8 AF-S lens.

The "default" shutter speed selected by the F5 when in program Mode while using Flash indoors is 1/60th of a second - too slow. If I switch to shutter priority and select 1/125th, the camera selects f2.8, which doesn't give enough Depth of Field. Selecting f4 in Aperture Priority stillr esults in 1/6th !! I thought getting faster film (from 160 to 400 ISO) would change this, but it doesn't.

If I adjust the shutter speed in flexible program mode, it resets itself back to 1/60th as soon as the meter shuts down. I tried using the Custom settings for the F5, but this changes the FASTEST shutter speed selected and I want to change the SLOWEST.

Am I missing something ? If the flash works at 1/60th at f5.6 with ISO 160 film, it should be fine at 1/125th at 5.6 with 400 ISO. How can I make this happen ? If I were to manually set the shutter and aperture, would the flash still operate in "Matrix Balanced Fill Flash" mode ?

I defintely DO NOT want to end up in "complete manual" mode with separate metering and flash - I couldn't cope with that along with the stress of shooting a Wedding in a fast, candid style !!

Thanks for your help,

Mantova
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