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D200 TTL FP high speed sync

Bob O'Leary , Jan 16, 2006; 10:35 a.m.

I have the D70 but I`m going to get the D200 and use the 70 for backup. I need to know does the D200 when used with the SB800 speedlight have the TTL FP highspeed flash sync option on it ,I know the d2h does but I cant aford to go that rout. Thank you all. Bob O'Leary Lincoln Montana . Real Nice Here


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Bruce Rubenstein , Jan 16, 2006; 10:50 a.m.

Yes it does. Set the custom flash function to auto FP in the camera and you don't even have to change settings on the flash (SB600 anyway).

Joseph Smith , Jan 16, 2006; 11:00 a.m.

Set custom function e1 to "1/250s (auto fp)" as described on page 160 of the D 200 manual. As they say on TV, "Set it and forget it." Joe Smith

Bob O'Leary , Jan 16, 2006; 11:06 a.m.

1/250 isnt the sync I need , I need to sync at 1/640 or faster. i shoot my Humming birds at f8 or better for DF. Bob

Dmitriy Kostyuchenko , Jan 16, 2006; 11:21 a.m.

Right. That setting uses standard sync at speeds slower than 1/250th and high-speed sync at faster speeds.

Frank Skomial , Jan 16, 2006; 11:28 a.m.

I am waiting for my D200, so have not tried that myself yet.

I believe if you switch speed shutter to faster than 1/250, e.g. 1/1000, so the camera should switch the SB-800 into FP mode automatically. Verify that fact on the SB-800 display.

The in-camera flash programming is only relevant to the built-in flash on D200. I believe if you set the flash to that mode 1/250s (Auto FP) , it expects you to apply an external flash that is FP compatible.

The built in camera flash is perhaps not FP compatible flash, and may not go faster.

Edward Ingold , Jan 16, 2006; 11:48 a.m.

The D70 has a CCD sensor with an electronic (gate) shutter that supplements the mechanical shutter. It appears that the mecanical shutter is fully open at all shutter speeds, and does not exceed 1/250 second. The electronic shutter takes over above 1/250 second and affects the entire image area at one time. Therefore, you can use an SB-800 at any shutter speed if you sync from a PC port rather than from the hot shoe. You may find an adapter you can place between the SB-800 and the hot shoe to either eliminate the "TTL" connections or provide a PC port. If necessary to prevent shorting, insulate the foot (or accessory shoe) of the SB-800 with Scotch Magic Tape.

Edward Ingold , Jan 16, 2006; 11:55 a.m.

I should add that you lose any TTL flash control. The "Auto" flash mode works well, or you can set the flash to manual mode and use a meter.

Frank Skomial , Jan 16, 2006; 12:24 p.m.

What Edward says is great and works wonders, but only on D70, (perhaps D50 as well ?).

D200 does not have an usable electronic gate (shutter), unfortunately, at least that is what I was told.

D70 fast non-stroboscopic single blast sync with non-Nikon flashes is far superior to D200 flash (including inferior FP mode).

D70 flash capability is superior to any digital flash on the market, you just have to know how that works to take advantage of the electronic shutter sync, all the way down to 1/8000 sec for single blast of up to full power of your flash.

Bob O'Leary , Jan 16, 2006; 12:59 p.m.

WELL , now I'm realy confused." You can make the d70 sync at any shutter speed ,if you carry around a computer and use a non nikon flash" ? You have all lost me now.

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