How to fire remote strobes without D70s onboard flash firing?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by k-man, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. k-man

    k-man Guest


    I've got a D70s and want to fire an SB-600 and SB-800 remotely. With
    the D70s, even in commander mode, the onboard flash will fire and be
    part of the exposure and it cannot be turned off. If I want to fire
    the remote strobes without the D70s' onboard flash firing, what do I
    need to do? Some sort of hot shoe to pc sync adapter?

    k-man, Mar 23, 2007
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    Frank ess Guest

    I'm not sure how youe D70 will respond, but on a previous Nikon I was
    able to make a little plastic pocket that slipped over the pop-up
    flash; one side translucent, t'other opaque. The slaves were infra-red
    fired and with the opaque side covering the flash face there was
    enough spread around indoors to set them off. Never tried it outdoors.
    Frank ess, Mar 23, 2007
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    k-man Guest


    Thanks for responding. I was thinking of the partial flash block
    method as well. I was looking for something a little more elegant.
    But that might have to do.

    Thanks again.
    k-man, Mar 25, 2007
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    C J Campbell Guest

    The R1C1 close-up lighting kit includes a little doohickey that you
    stick on your flash shoe. It hangs a piece of black plastic over the
    front of the flash.
    C J Campbell, Mar 25, 2007
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

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    What about setting the on-camera flash to -3 stops, so the
    vast majority of the light comes from the other flash units?

    DoN. Nichols, Mar 25, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    If you have some E-6 slide film developed, you get back a strip of
    processed, unexposed film. It will be black. Cover the on camera flash
    with this strip. The IR "commands" will get through but the scene won't
    be illuminated with the on camera flash.

    I often simply block the on camera (pop up) flash with a business card,
    but allow the light to leak to the sides. In this way it does not
    contribute to the scene, but the command flashes get to the slaves.

    Or, I mount a flash on camera, point it to the ceiling or wall and use
    it to command the off camera flashes.

    Alan Browne, Mar 25, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    What's more elegant than using a $0.01 worth of cardboard to achieve the
    end result?

    Alan Browne, Mar 25, 2007
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    k-man Guest

    True. I guess by "elegant" I meant that I was expecting something a
    little more "high tech." But then again bouncing with a business card
    isn't high tech. So why not strap it to the other side of the flash
    and block the light. I was overthinking things as usual. :)


    k-man, Mar 26, 2007
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