D70 flash sync speed

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  1. Patrice

    Patrice No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    A while back I was playing with the D70 set to manual with a Metz 45CL connected via a simple hot shoe adaptor. What really surprised me is that the camera and flash sync was flawless up to 1/4000 sec. When I test this with the D80 or the D200, it does not work. Is there a fundamental difference with the D70 shutter?
     
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    The D70 uses an electronic shutter, which basically means there is no shutter. Power is turned on and off to the sensor instead of using a shutter. The actual x-sync speed of the D70 is 1/500, because this is the fastest reliable shutter speed, but you can technically use any. The D80 and D200 use traditional focal plane shutters, and anything faster than 1/250 is faster than the duration of the flash. You will see the shutter curtains cutting the image.
     
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    Thanks Digital Matt !!

    I think I'll keep the little beastie for a while yet and play some more.
     

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