SB80DX with D800

trolleytrolley Posts: 198Member
edited March 2015 in D6x0/D7x0/D8x0
I have an SB80DX. I'm sure when I put it on the D200 it would detect it (show the bolt symbol in the viewfinder). I could also have sworn that I used the camera in either A or P mode & got decent results.
But when I put it on the D800 I didn't get any connection symbol. It triggered, but it was generally way over exposed. Eventually I put the D800 in manual, set the ISO to the flash & speed to 1/320X. But in A mode I got awful results as well.
Before any smart asses tell me to update - it's not happening immediately. I generally use flash for family snapshots & a bit of outdoor fill flash, so it's not much used.
I tried the built-in flash but found it underexposed.
Any tips/comments?


  • trolleytrolley Posts: 198Member
    Should also say the lens was a 28-80mm G
  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,260Member
    I think you may need to use it in TTL mode, whatever that is. From what I got reading the internet, it works on slightly older film cameras but not on modern DSLRs.

    If you really need to look, Ken Rockwell has a blurb on it.

    You may want to get a SB-600 or a SB-700 instead.
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  • trolleytrolley Posts: 198Member
    It should work in A mode - it won't do TTL.
    Thinking about it, 1 reason for overexposure was I left the diffuser off - I usually leave it on, except for bounce flash.
    Isn't it funny? When I started out, all flashguns were manual & you waited for your film to come back & see how many you'd f@**ed up.
    Now I'm apparently lost if it isn't all auto!
  • trolleytrolley Posts: 198Member
    I can now answer this myself.
    I put the SB80DX onto the D200 in P mode & the flash ready light comes on.
    But on the D800 - nothing.
    The flash really only works in Manual mode.
    So, anyone want to buy an SB80DX? :)
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 5,751Member
    Put it on eBay with a reasonable price and it will sell.
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