Nikon SB800 Master, XXXXX Slave ??

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  1. Bevel Heaven

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    If using an SB800 for a master flash [I love this flash for the record], is it REALLY required to get more of these expensive SB800 flashes for additional slaves? Or is an SB600 or 3 going to do the job? [for say back flashing, spots, etc]

    Real worlde experienced answers requested, please.
     
  2. kundalini

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    You can use the SB600's in conjuction with the SB800's. I have one of each. You'll miss the obvious extra output and some additional functionality of the SB800, but the SB600 is a nice alternative for the price difference.

    I've been using the pop-up as the master so far only because I haven't bothered to figure out what the SU-4 setting on the SB800 will do for me.
     
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    SU-4 is a flash reactive trigger. Which allows you to trigger the SB-800 from any flash even that of a point and shoot. So if you have a crap camera or lack CLS on your Nikons or need to use it with a Canon then set it to SU-4 and set your oncamera flash to -3EV so it doesn't affect the image and volah.
     
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    This is one of those questions that ask... do you need it? No... but do you WANT it? Most definately!

    The only thing about the SB-600 that I am not sure about is, in a CLS setup, can the SB-600 slave from your D80's internal flash? I know it can on my D200. In that scenario, you could have 2 off camera flashes.

    Either way, as Garbz mentioned, there is always the SU-4 mode, and that works darn well. Just note that if another camera with flash is in the area, it will set off your remote flashes from their flash.
     

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