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The sensor chips on the gels for SB900 and SB910 strobes


Jackson, US
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M_Jackson Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Mon 19-Nov-12 10:41 PM

The SB900s and the old style colored gels and the SB900 units have two of the new hard plastic gels. Both kinds have the little smart chips on them that let the strobe know what kind of gel is mounted and apparently that information is passed back through to the camera. At least in Auto White Balance, I understand the camera will be making compensations for the filters.

Is that a good thing? Normally, I shoot in Manual White balance so I control what is going on. Will Manual bypass the adjustments that might have been made automatically from the chip data?

I watched some Joe McNally tutorial videos about the SB900 on Kelby Training. He explained the chips, but never clearly indicated whether he liked the feature. Seemed like he was holding back some comments.

Do the people here use this feature or tape over the chips?

Thanks in advance,

M. Jackson
Jackson Hole, WY

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