The D800 is disabling the flash sync connector when the built-in flash is used. I want to use the built-in flash in commander mode to control my SB-900 units and also have external strobes triggered via the flash sync connector.
Is there a camera setting that lets me turn on the flash sync connector while using the built-in flash in commander mode?
Not as far as I'm aware. Are you using studio strobes in manual control? If so, you presumably don't need TTL control via CLS? You could put your speedlites in SU-4 mode which basically makes them optically slave from your external strobes.
Thanks for the reply. My studio strobe are my main light source and I can control their settings through their own controller. I also want to control the setting of the SB-900 speedlights in commander mode. Unfortunately, I cannot fire the studio strobes via the flash sync connector while the D800 built-in flash is set to commander mode. It is looking like it cannot be done on the D800. It seems to me that I should be able to use the flash sync connector when the built-in flash is in commander mode.
Sat 18-Jan-14 05:32 PM | edited Sat 18-Jan-14 05:37 PM by gfinlayson
I think the reason the pc sync port is disabled with CLS is that it's a basic part of the trigger circuit and would fire with the CLS pre-flashes rather than the main flash, which would fire your strobes before the shutter curtain was open.
Glad you found a solution that worked in the end! Happy to help