Nikon Wireless TTL in a softbox, outdoors

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Tokyo, Japan
Using a single SB600 in the Westcott Apollo 28" box, outdoors at maybe a distance of 10' flash to camera. I have the SG-3IR mounted on D300, using the camera's built-in flash to activate the SB600.

The flash activation is quite sporadic, I use fresh NiMH cells and always allow a few seconds for the SB600 to recycle. I'm sure that the black fabric of the softbox *is* blocking the signal, is an SU-800 the answer? Alternatively I am quite happy to go to a radio system and use SB26 type speedlights in manual.

When I have shot indoors with the same setup, activation has always been 100%.
 
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yes Ir out side is a crap shoot and ttl in a softbox is not going to do much either...softbox could be blocking the signal yes.....this is when you need a RF trigger like the 16 channel ebay triggers for about $30....and shoot the flash in manual as well as the camera especially outdoors.....but then I shoot 99% of the time in manual when using flash and with a flash meter for dead on accuracy.

I have played with the outdoor cls of my D300 / SB900 x 2 and it just is not worth the trouble of wondering if it will be good and I hate chimping with a client around.
 
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I've never been happy with IR outside. Radio triggers and manual flash is my usual outside mode.
 
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The Woodlands, TX
yes Ir out side is a crap shoot and ttl in a softbox is not going to do much either...softbox could be blocking the signal yes.....this is when you need a RF trigger like the 16 channel ebay triggers for about $30....and shoot the flash in manual as well as the camera especially outdoors.....but then I shoot 99% of the time in manual when using flash and with a flash meter for dead on accuracy.

I have played with the outdoor cls of my D300 / SB900 x 2 and it just is not worth the trouble of wondering if it will be good and I hate chimping with a client around.

x2. Depends on the location if you are in a little bit of shade you can get it to work but it is so intermittent that I highly recommend a set of triggers if shooting outdoors.
 
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Orlando, FL
You will never be really happy with Nikon CLS outside. The Ezybox will make it easier for the remote to see the commander, but an on-camera flash is better for this than the popup as it can be aimed towards the remote. Radiopoppers or the newer Pocketwizards will free you from the line-of-sight limitations.
 

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