Unpredictable exposures with rear curtain sync and bulb shutter on D7000

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    And that was in bulb mode every time? Is there anyone here with an identical setup? (D7000 + SB-600)


     
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    yes, BULB mode every time
    just stood in a dark bathroom holding the release down for various times.
     
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    Well, that's kind of frustrating :\ (for me)

    I wonder if it made any difference that you're using an SB-800?
     
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    I just replicated the tests using my SB-700 up to 30 seconds
    It worked everytime. Once again used a dark room. Bulb with various lengths. Flash showed up in every photo.

    Maybe it's your batteries, flash to hot shoe contacts need to be cleaned (use pencil eraser),
    or a settings not just right. I had my settings slightly off which gave some weird (to me) results at the beginning.

    I'm not experienced enough to know why it would NOT work with the correct settings.


    Maybe reset the 600 to default values and try setting up again.
    Mode & Power buttons for 2 seconds to reset to default.
     
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    I did something that somebody suggested on another forum: try the same test with the built-in flash. Bulb, rear sync, manual flash power with the internal flash.

    I'm getting the same results (flashes every time, doesn't show in most of the exposures), so something is definitely up with the body :(
     
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    Two-button reset and firmware update have not fixed the problem.
     
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    In case anyone's interested: repair will cost a very reasonable $225 Canadian.
     
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    Keep me updated on if it works afterwards. I'm curious.

    I only experimented with rear curtain sync once since I got my camera as I went through to see what each function did. So I relearned this ... I can certainly see why it was disappointing that it wasn't working for you.
     
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    Will do.

    In the mean time, it's back to the D40 ... man, how those useful features of the D7k are just so... useful!
     
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    Got it back from Nikon ... unrepaired :grumpy:

    At least they're paying for me to ship it again and not charging any extra to look at it a second time.
     
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    Guess what? Came back a second time ... NOT REPAIRED. Do their techs even test gear after they supposedly "repair" it? Ugh.
     

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