Studio Lighting - SB-600 / Opus mono light

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  1. Captain IK

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    Okay folks, here's my situation...
    I have D90, SB-600 speedlight and an Opus Pro OPL H250 mono light.

    If I have the sb-600 off camera, fired wirelessly with the D90 in commander mode and the sb in TTL it will not fire the mono light (optical slave)
    If I put the sb on the camera it will fire the mono light.
    If I use the pop-up flash on the camera it will fire the mono light.
    If I take the Sb off camera and set it to wireless / manual mode it will still not fire the mono light.
    It seems that when the camera is in commander mode it will not fire the mono light, but it will fire the sb-600. Why would the SB-600 not then fire the mono light?
    What am I doing wrong here?


    If I am looking for a 2 light setup it seems now that I must either have 2 mono lights in manual mode or 2 speedlights in Nikon's CLS system.
    Can I not combine the two systems?
     
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    That IS a puzzler.

    Are you sure the light from the Sb is falling on the slave when you take it off camera?

    -Pete
     
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    Yes Pete, When I fire the SB 's test trigger...the mono light fires.
     
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    You may be on to something there except that I should hear the recharge "beep" if the mono light fired at all. Whether in sync or not. I will investigate that further though.

    Thanks
     
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    I think you are right and the preflash is triggering the mono light, but switching the camera from commander to manual I can't trigger the sb-600 off camera..or can I?
     
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    So, if I were being smart about this I would buy another mono light two radio receivers and one transmitter and be done with it.
    I would use the SB-600 in other situations where only one light was required such as outdoor portrait fill light etc.?
    2 lighting systems...2 purposes?
     
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    THAT'S what I do. I you can do that, you'll be much happier.

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    I certainly appreciate your help.
    So the radio transmitter on the camera fires the radio receiver on 1 SB-20, then that Sb-20 fires the other one and the SB-600 optically?

    Do i have that right?
     
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