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D800E Auto ISO capped at 400 w/ SB-900

Ed_in_Tucson

Tucson, US
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Ed_in_Tucson Registered since 23rd Dec 2012
Sun 18-Aug-13 02:03 AM

Hello everyone! I've had my D800E about a year now, and the problem I'll describe has bugged me off and on since the camera was new. I ask forgiveness if this has been addressed already.

Basically, when I use Auto ISO with the baseline ISO = 100, everything works as expected, and the ISO floats as required up to my top limit, which I've set at ISO 6400. When I attach my SB-900 and turn it on, the top limit is immediately capped at ISO 400.

I've researched this a bit and one explanation is that the D800 firmware won't let the ISO exceed +2 f-stops over the baseline ISO when a flash is attached, hence ISO 400.

My two questions for you nikonian gurus are 1) Is this explanation correct? and 2) Is there a workaround or setting to defeat this sad limitation (besides manually setting a higher ISO)?

Thanks!

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