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SB 800 PC Connector different - WHY?


Chesapeake, US
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vpasq Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2008
Sun 23-Jun-13 02:27 PM | edited Sun 23-Jun-13 02:28 PM by vpasq

I own two Nikon SB 800's, each bought about a year apart. I also purchased an Nikon SD8A battery pack, but on one of the 800's the PC connector won't fit, as it is larger than the tip on the SD8A connector, but on my other (the newer of the two) the connector fits perfect. ANYONE KNOW HOW THIS COULD BE? Neither are grey market flashes!!!

I have read where you can use the flash and battery pack without the pc connector, but I have an electrical engineer/photographer friend who advises, "Make sure you connect the PC connector on the SD cord to the SB-800. While it will work without it, this serves to protect the camera and flash electronics in the event of a power short in the high voltage circuitry. " As such, I am hesitant to go without using that second connector.