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kat
07-04-2009, 10:35 AM
Well. With money I got from selling my first few prints..I got my first toy!

The SB600 flash. *Yah yah..there is the 900 but I didn't sell that many prints :wall-an:*

I'm going throught the manual but getting confused as I go. Does anyone else have this flash so I can ask some questions if need be?

Much appreciated!

EJC
07-04-2009, 11:29 AM
Hi Kat

I can't help other than suggest the nikon user group forum Nikonian (http://www.nikonians.org/forums/)

Hope this helps

Lovin
07-04-2009, 02:48 PM
Congratz Kat !

Mad Aussie
07-04-2009, 05:35 PM
Just ask Kat ... we can access the Nikon SB600 manual here http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/Speedlights/SB-600.pdf so I'm sure if no one that has one helps you others of us can read the relevant page and give you some hints.

JAS_Photo
07-04-2009, 09:40 PM
The iTTL works very well with this flash so you can let the flash do the judging for most of your work. You can set the flash from full power to 1/64 power in manual setting, however. The guide number is 30/98 (ISO 100, m/ft), 42/138 (ISO 200, m/ft) (at 35mm zoom-head position, 20 C/68 F). So in manual mode if your ISO is 100 and your subject is 10 feet away your aperture should be about f/10. {98 divided by 10 feet = 9.8 or approximately f/10. }

The manual says that alkaline batteries work in this flash. I found that they do not. I have been using Lithium batteries in mine. Other than that I would say just experiment. I plan on eventually getting the SB900 and using it along with the SB600 for off camera remote flash. (Someday) Other than that you pretty much just have to work your way through the manual but you will figure most of it out just by using it. :)

Oh and congrats!

kat
07-04-2009, 10:38 PM
[QUOTE=raiven;26935]The iTTL works very well with this flash so you can let the flash do the judging for most of your work. You can set the flash from full power to 1/64 power in manual setting, however. The guide number is 30/98 (ISO 100, m/ft), 42/138 (ISO 200, m/ft) (at 35mm zoom-head position, 20 C/68 F). So in manual mode if your ISO is 100 and your subject is 10 feet away your aperture should be about f/10. {98 divided by 10 feet = 9.8 or approximately f/10. }[QUOTE=raiven;26935]

I read that and I'm like..whoa..lol.

Thanks everyone. It's going to be a long read :headslap:

Mad Aussie
07-05-2009, 12:26 AM
Honestly Kat ... don't get too frustrated first up ... just use the thing on it's basic settings.

For instance if you switch it to manual mode you can then set the flash output power in increments from 1/1 (full power) down to 1/64th of that. Remember that the ISO makes the sensor more sensitive to light so the higher the ISO the less output power you'll OR the further the flash will 'go'
Shoot ... chimp ... adjust.

In iTTL mode I'm guessing you can also adjust the output power but probably with less increments than manual. Again ... shoot ... chimp ... adjust.

If you are shooting at speeds over your camera's flash sync speed (1/200th or 1/250th at a guess) then switch to High Speed (FP on your flash I think?) and simply remember that the faster flash and shutter speed means less flash penetration.

That'll get you going and you can get more technical about it as you have the time to take it all in.

kat
07-06-2009, 12:16 PM
Sounds good! I'm just going to take it like I did the camera.. slowly..lol. I just hope I can get some understanding before August..lol.

My mom just broke the news to us that she is going to get remarried here when they visit!

I tell yah..I'm so busy right now I don't know where to find the time :wall-an: :cry-an: