CLS for SB-800's Instructions with D70

Discussion in 'General Technical Discussion' started by Electromen, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. I wrote this set of instructions for a friend, and thought it might help here.
    I posted these same instructions on different Nikon forum awhile back, so you may have already seen them.

    Just as a reminder, there are four main menus on the D70 monitor, top to bottom they are: playback, shooting, Custom and Setup

    The Creative Lighting System (CLS) has two modes:
    Commander and Master-Remote

    First, let’s try “Commander mode”

    On the D70

    I.... Setup menu CSM = Detailed
    II... Custom menu #19 Flash mode, select Commander mode, push
    right to selct TTL-OK

    On the SB-800

    III.. press and hold the center of the multi selector where it says
    SEL
    a... if the flash is in standby, hit the on/off button once
    b... when pushing the SEL be sure to push straight in, not L
    or R, not up or down
    IV.. push the multi selector SEL once
    V... use the multi selector to select remote by pushing up or down
    VI.. press and hold the center of the multi selector where it says
    SEL
    VII. Display should say “Remote”
    a... press the multi selector to select Channel 3
    b... press the multi selector to select Group A
    c... flash compensation is not available on the SB-800 during
    Commander mode

    Now you are ready to shoot wireless

    VIII. Commander mode only works in P, S, A or M so select one on
    the mode dial.
    IX.. Pop up the built in flash and shoot.
    X... The remote flash and the built-in flash both fire.
    The built- in flash is used only to signal the remote and is not used to
    light the subject
    XI.. Set your second SB-800 to remote, now all three fire.
    XII. Try moving them around and bounce off white ceilings and
    walls
    a... the light sensor on the side of the SB-800 should point
    toward the camera
    b... you may need to spin the head to get it to line up
    c... in a smaller room I’ve found that the light from the
    built-in flash will bounce off walls & ceilings and it
    doesn’t matter where the sensor is pointing


    Time to try Master-remote,

    On the D70

    XIII. Custom menu #19 Flash mode = TTL

    On the SB-800

    XIV. press and hold the center of the multi selector where it
    says SEL
    XV.. push the multi selector SEL once
    XVI. use the multi selector to select Master by pushing up or down
    XVII. press and hold the center of the multi selector where it
    says SEL
    XVIII. Display should say show M,A,B,C
    XIX. Mount the flash to the hot shoe or use a cord such as SC-28
    XX.. Leave the second flash set to remote

    XXI. Master-Remote mode only works in P, S, A or M so select one
    on the mode dial.

    Now you are ready to shoot wireless

    XXII. To use flash compensation on the Master (both camera and
    flash must be turned on)
    a... push the multi selector SEL once to select “M”
    b.. use the multi selector by pushing up or down to select
    compensation
    XXIII. Flash compensation for the Remote is controlled from the
    Master
    a... push the multi selector SEL twice to select “A”
    b... use the multi selector by pushing up or down to select
    compensation

    Using more than one remote

    XXIV. Set the other SB-800’s to Remote
    a... they will fire with the first Remote
    b... flash compensation is the same as the first remote in
    group “A”
    XXV. Remotes can be controlled in groups A, B & C
    a... change remote flash to group “B” or ”C”
    b... use Master to control flash compensation for each group

    To return flash to normal TTL follow steps I and II. In step III select Off and follow step IV

    Hope this explains it.
    This is not all that the flahes can do, but is meant to be a start in understanding CLS
     
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