Nikon F3 / SB-16A flash problem

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ric, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. Ric

    Ric Guest

    Some of the frames on my last two rolls of film have a problem. Half the
    frame is exposed fine, and half is overexposed to the point where the prints
    on that half are almost (but not completely) black. It only happens with
    shots using the flash, but not all of them. Even when taking flash shots in
    succession, one may be fine, but the next one isn't. The dark band is
    vertical and covers just less than half of the left part of the frame.

    I bought the flash just under a year ago from B&H (I actually bought it as an
    SB-16B to replace an older SB-16A, and gave the old flash and new base to my
    sig other to use with an N2000.) I will of course replace the camera
    battery and clean the flash contacts, but has anyone out there seen anything
    like this before?

    Thanks! -- ric
     
    Ric, Sep 9, 2003
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  2. Ric

    Alan Browne Guest

    Are you shooting faster than the sync speed (1/80? 1/125?) of the camera?

    The F3 has a horizontal travel shutter (explaining the half frame)
    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/fototech/focalplane/

    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 9, 2003
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  3. Ric

    Ric Guest

    Yes you're quite right, what the hell was I thinking?
    Hmm, I also thought it seemed like a flash sync problem, and the camera
    is supposed to automatically set the shutter speed to 80 when the flash is
    attached. I guess I could manually set the shutter to "X" to see if that
    corrects the problem. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
    Ric, Sep 9, 2003
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  4. Probably got your darkroom head on. You'd be surprised at the number of
    courses that will teach you how to correct bad exposure in the darkroom
    months before they teach how to actually expose a film properly...
     
    Martin Francis, Sep 10, 2003
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