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Rear Curtain Flash - PC-Synched SB's


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A_PeeR Registered since 23rd Feb 2013
Sun 24-Feb-13 02:08 AM

The time has come to upgrade from my dated Olympus E510. It has served me well, but my photography pursuits have outgrown it's capabilities. I have been doing my homework on the Nikon line and feel the 7000/7100 best suits my needs at this time. I shoot a lot of macro and photomicroscopy. Not concerned about the cameras ability to shoot macro but any comments or experiences are most welcome.

I do have a some questions concerning the camera's ability to shoot photomicroscopy, in particular utilizing the rear (2nd) shutter flash. Typical setup for a shoot involves attaching adapter (t-mount or m42)-to-bellows or extensions tube-to-RMS adapter-to-microscope objective. Current flash setup is cobbled together with triangular array of SB-24, SB-26 and SB-27 flashes. SB24 and SB-27 fire off the hotshoe via PC-synch cables from WEIN HSHSB and piggy backed Nikon AS-15. SB-26 is set to fire as an optical slave.

Shooting sequence involves a 2 or 3 second shutter time (dimly lit room) followed by flashes firing as shutter closes. A few questions:

Will the D7000 trigger SB flashes (in manual mode) off the hotshot?
Will the the trigger work without a Nikon lens, in this case a train of adapters and objective., no electronic connection to the camera.
Will the D7000 trigger the flashes on the rear curtain of the shutter.

Thank you for your consideration.