d40 cls combatible?

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  1. brendan222

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    hi i was just wondering if the d40 supports the cls, which can wirelessley operate the sb 600 and sb 800
     
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    Yes it's CLS compatible, but no it doesn't have the commander mode built into the camera. You need either an SB-800 flash or the SU-800 commander to operate remote flashes wirelessly on everything from the D60 on down. The D70/80 on up have the commander mode built-in.
     
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    Yep, you'll need some sort of commander for the D40 (I think there's only the SU-800 or the SB-800 flash) to work with the Creative Lighting System. However, flash synchronisation cables work just as well, and are much cheaper. I've got a basic SC-28 in the post, and I can't wait to explore the new possibilities.
     
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    Yep, these guys are correct. I have a D40 and SB600. When the SB600 is connected to the camera (either hotshoe or by the SC-28 cable) you get full CLS. Plus the D40 is nice because you get the very fast 1/500 sec shutter speed, very handy for adding fill light in bright sunlight.
     
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    Also the SC-28 gives you full CLS and iTTL, those Cactus triggers don't.
     
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    What generates the commander signal when you do this? My understanding was that your explanation is correct IF you're using the SB800 but it won't work with the SB600.
     
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    The 800 is the only one that can work as a commander. The 600 is a slave to the 800.

    Andrew was not correct.
     
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    That's what I had thought.
     
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    No, I said when the SB600 is connected via the cable or mounted on the camera, then it will work with CLS, which is how I am using my SB600. There is no comander signal when using the cable and you cannot trigger other flashes, which I think is where the confusion is.

    Maybe I should not use the term CLS in this case, since there is no wireless communication going on. I meant CLS in the sense of automatic metering where the camera sets the flash power level.
     
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    Exactly... but beginners please note that andrew is specifically talking about the D40 and not the D40x. The "X" has a lower flash sync speed than its older and cheaper brother.
     

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