Off camera flash: what cord?

Joined
Feb 6, 2005
Messages
3,497
Location
South SF Bay Area, CA.
In order to use a single SB-800 off-camera with a D2H, a cord is needed (unlike the D70 which can use the "Commander mode" and control the flash in iTTL mode.

Now, which cord makes the most sense: the SC-28 (or SC-29 for the built-in AF assist illuminator), or the SC-11, which is a PC-sync cord? The SC-11 is much shorter (convenient for a flash bracket) and much cheaper... But can it be used the same way (save for the AF assist)? I haven't really found the answer: can one use iTTL mode with the SC-11, or is a SC29/28 needed for that? If the SC-11 can't be used for this application, what is it good for and/or how does one go about using it? It looks like the SC-15 is the same thing as the SC-11, except much longer... so I have the feeling that it has to do with multiple lights, when not using the SB-800 wireless system...

Thanks much in advance!
 
Joined
Apr 21, 2005
Messages
3,625
Location
Houston, TX
I think to get full iTTL compatibility you have to use the SC-28 or SC-29. Other cords don't allow full communication from what I've been told. Even the SC-26 and SC-27 supposedly don't fully support iTTL, which is a shame because they'd be useful for using an off-camera SB-800 as CLS master.
 
Joined
May 5, 2005
Messages
5,985
Location
Orlando, Florida
Hi Philippe, I purchased the sc-29 cable. I paid ~$80 for mine locally though I could have bought it cheaper off eBay or the Internet. Other than the IR mechanism, I don't really know what other differences exist between the 29 and 28 cable.

I use mine as the fill light so needed the longer cord to reach the 800 as it sits high on a lightstand. Works very well, though.
 
Joined
Feb 6, 2005
Messages
3,497
Location
South SF Bay Area, CA.
Thanks Jeff and Kevin: I appreciate the help.

Yes, the SC-29 is more or less the same as SC-28 with the addition of the AF assist IR light , but my question which Jeff partially answered, was whether it's possible to use iTTL with the SC-11 PC-sync cord and if not, what is its intended purpose. :?:
 

fks

Joined
Apr 30, 2005
Messages
2,756
Location
sf bay area
hi philippe-

the sc-11 and sc-15 are simple pc-sync cords. all they do is trigger the flash to fire, no signal to turn off (necessary for any ttl). they're used for triggering a flash or strobe when you don't need ttl.

you can also use the sc-17 (sc-28 replaced the sc-17).

ricky


Philippe Roger said:
Thanks Jeff and Kevin: I appreciate the help.

Yes, the SC-29 is more or less the same as SC-28 with the addition of the AF assist IR light , but my question which Jeff partially answered, was whether it's possible to use iTTL with the SC-11 PC-sync cord and if not, what is its intended purpose. :?:
 
Joined
Apr 21, 2005
Messages
3,625
Location
Houston, TX
As for additional differences between SC-28 and SC-29, the 28 has a pc-sync connector on it which I guess could be used to fire an additional flash (not 100% sure on the details of how that works).

I went with the SC-28 just because I couldn't see paying extra for a feature I'm not going to use (never used the SB-800's focus assist before anyway).
 
Joined
Apr 30, 2005
Messages
315
Location
Sydney, Australia
I use the SC-17

Off camera, it works great - here's a pic from it using a D2H

I also use it on the D2X - with equally pleasing results.

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 
Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Copyright © 2005-2019 Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom