Nikon SB-800 issues

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Cliff, May 31, 2004.

  1. Cliff

    Cliff Guest

    I just purchased the SB800 as a flash accessory for my new D70 and have a
    couple of issues with it.

    - The unit comes with a "quick recycling battery pack" which is an extra
    unit which clips on after you remove the battery compartment door.P 64 of
    the manual describes removing the existing battery chamber lid by somehow
    sliding it back and lifting it. I have tried everything short of wrenching
    the damn thing off and can't seem to remove it as described or otherwise.
    Anybody familiar with this? My dealer couldn't help at all.

    -p 67 of the manual indicates the unit has a number of custom functions
    including a 'unit of measure' m/ft and adjusting the 'standby feature (how
    long it takes for the flash to go into standby mode). These would be great
    to adjust as the flash is set in meters and I would prefer feet and also the
    standby mode pops on in 6 secs which is a little too soon. When i press the
    SEL button as described there seems no setting available for adjusting
    these and I'm wondering if I am doing something wrong. I can't believe this
    wouldn't be available for the D70 - although the high shutter sync (over
    1/500) is not.
    Both units were purchase in Canada.

    Cliff, May 31, 2004
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  2. Cliff

    Howard Tam Guest


    Pls see below.

    I had the same problem in the beginning too, I took it back to the shop and
    shop assistant took two seconds to pull it out, it's something like 30 or 45
    angle, and just pull, it's kind of soft plastic, so it's alright, that's
    what I did on mine,
    don't blame me if you break yours!!! I guess it's because we spent so much
    on it, and we are just soooo careful!
    Did you press it long enough? I think it's about 2 or 3 seconds. I don't
    it attached to my D100.
    Howard Tam, Jun 1, 2004
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  3. Cliff

    Cliff Guest

    Thanks Howard.
    I'll gingerly try prying/sliding that cover off - or at least have the
    dealer try it. Nikon is very obscure on this procedure to say the least!
    Regarding the SEL settings - I do get the 4 box screen up on the back of the
    flash but they are for changing the ISO and master/slave setting and the
    other 2 boxes are simply blank. I thought maybe this indicates the custom
    fgeatures regarding metric/imperial and standyby are not available on the
    D70. It took me quite a bit of inquiring to realize the high speed sync
    (over 1/500 in NOT available on the D70.
    Cliff, Jun 1, 2004
  4. removing the battery door to aloow the installation of the 5th battery
    holder is very unstaisfying... it does feel as if you are going to break
    the door while trying to remove it but that is what i experiance and what my
    dealer warned... but it did not break. i suspect that your experiance will
    be tha same.

    to change mt/ft, power on the unit, hold select for about three seconds
    (until different menu appears), use up/down/left/right arrows to locate and
    highlight the 'm/ft' box and once highlighted press the select button again,
    then use the up/down arrow to change between 'm' and 'ft' and press select
    once the desired setting is highlighted, press the on/off button once to
    return to the standard status display menu.
    Christopher Muto, Jun 1, 2004
  5. if you got as far as the four box display then all you need to do is use the
    up/don arrows to advance to the next screen full of items that are
    available... see other post.
    Christopher Muto, Jun 1, 2004
  6. Cliff

    Cliff Guest

    YAHOO!! I seem to have got it up and running correctly. Thank you all and
    especially you Christopher! I'll now gingerly try to remove the battery
    compartment :eek:)
    Cliff, Jun 1, 2004
  7. Yves Deweerdt, Jun 1, 2004
  8. Cliff

    Cliff Guest

    Thanks very much for finding this! I'll try it.
    I cannot believe that a billion dollar corporation like Nikon would send out
    instructions on one of their primo products in such a haphazard manner.
    Don't they even edit their manuals?
    Cliff, Jun 1, 2004
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