The built in flash on my D7000 appears to have stopped working. Assuming that I have screwed something up I have already tried the following:
Reset the shooting and custom settings menus.
Tried Auto, Progam, and Aperature modes pushing the button to raise the built in flash as necessary.
Set the flash to manual full power (did not work).
Removed the battery and replaced after 5 minutes.
Tried my SB600 on the hot shoe (it worked)
Tried the SB900 on the hot shoe (it worked)
Tried the built in in commander mode with built in off and both remotes manual full power (did not work)
Tried the 600 on the hot shoe as the commander with the master turned off and remote at full power (did not work)
Tried the 900 on the hot shoe as the commander with the master turned off and remote at full power (did not work)
Tried the sb900 in master mode and the remote did work.
So it appears my built in is not working (it was last week), and my camera won't function as commander with a SB600 in the hot shoe (which it should but had not previously tested. It was working fine with the built in working as commander last week.
I sent a question in to Nikon and am waiting for an answer.
Any one have any helpful suggestions of something I forgot to try?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the SB-600 has no commander mode. To work commander from the d7000 you have to use the pop-up though menu activation (and getting it raised), or an SB-700/800/900.
It does however seem like your pop-up bit the dust, sorry to say.
If that is the case, it will not work as an illuminator flash neither as a commander.
Take this with a grain of salt, as I'm only starting to get my head around flash photography (real newbie), with a D7000 and an SB-700.
The simpler test you can do is switch the camera to all-auto mode, close yourself on a dark room and trigger the shutter. The pop up should rise and fire, if not it's proven faulty.
http://egozarolho.blogspot.com 1. Good content, good aesthetics and good tecnique. On that order. 2. Light is more important than glass and pixels. 3. In the digital photography process, software is as important as gear.
Yeah that's what it is looking like. I was just hoping somebody would tell me that I was an idiot and all I needed to do was XXXXX.
When I tried the SB600 I was using the commander setting in the camera. I believe if your camera has commander mode it will work with built in or any hot shoe flash as long as the camera is set to commander mode. I may be wrong on that though.
It will be covered under warranty, so it is just a hassle.
The camera controls for the commander mode only work with the built-in flash. Any external flash being used as a commander must have that feature in the Speedlight. For Nikon that is currently the SB-900/800/700.
Also be sure all communication channels are set to the same value.
I doubled checked the channels after resetting the custom settings menu so I know those were right.
I thought I had read somewhere that the camera based commander would work with a hot shoe mounted flash, but it makes sense if it doesn't than the only problem appears to be a dead built in flash. Makes me feel a little better.
Still waiting for a response from Nikon. I will update once I learn more.