Using Nikon SB-800 with sync cord

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by gigaboy, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. gigaboy

    gigaboy Guest

    I want to mount my SB-800 on a flash bracket mounted to my Nikon D70,
    and use a remote cord to connect the hot shoes. I'm a bit confused
    about which cord to use, the SB-28 or the SB-29 (the 29 has the red AF
    assist illuminator function, the 28 does not). Since there is already
    an AF assist in the SB-800, do I need it again built into the cord?
    gigaboy, Feb 15, 2005
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  2. gigaboy

    Owamanga Guest


    The SB-28 and SB-29 are speedlights, not cords....
    ....Ah, got it. You mean SC-28 and SC-29. Slight difference.

    The AF assist light source needs a clear view from the flash to the
    subject. The only time you wouldn't need it is if you can guarantee
    the SB-800 AF assist will be able to properly illuminate the subject
    from wherever you are mounting it. Presuming your flash bracket
    achieves this, you *don't* need the SC-29.

    Me, I'd buy the SC-29 anyway because it will give you the freedom to
    have an assistant hold the SB-800 in any orientation, concentrating
    solely on the flash direction, rather than worrying about the AF
    assist function. More options, that's all.

    $85 vs $65, it's a no brainer.

    Out of interest, what bracket are you looking at / do you have?
    Owamanga, Feb 15, 2005
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  3. gigaboy

    gigaboy Guest

    Thanks for the reply. I'll keep my SB-29.

    I originally purchased the Tiffen/Stroboframe Camera Flip. Used it for
    a day, didn't like, too heavy, the camera flipping mechanism is bulky
    and the camera tends to shift even though I tightened the flipping
    mechanism screws. Liked the grip on the side. Can't stand up the
    camera and flash on a table.

    I'm returning it for the T/S Pro-T which flips the flash, not the
    camera. We'll see how that one works. An anti-slip plate is a MUST
    for any of these T/S brackets.
    gigaboy, Feb 15, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    The D70 can remote-control the SB-800 without any cords. Does that not
    work for this application? (You do need to pop up the built-in flash,
    though it doesn't contribute to the actual exposure.)
    Jeremy Nixon, Feb 15, 2005
  5. gigaboy

    Owamanga Guest

    The AF assist in your example would be coming from that nasty white
    light on the D70. Yes, it would work in full iTTL mode, but no, it
    would not be perfect. The SB-800 red AF assist is much nicer, of
    course it would be even nicer if it was completely IR & invisible to
    the subject.

    It's also worth noting that if the subject is highly reflective, the
    D70 command flash can be seen in the image (it still flashes, just at
    low power).Not a problem for lit scenes but might give unwanted
    shadows if the scene starts off pitch black. I believe the use of an
    IR filter on the flash would help if it ever became a problem. The
    sync cable is a more reliable solution.
    Owamanga, Feb 15, 2005
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