How to test a flash unit?


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rEv09

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Hi all, I'm thinking of getting a SB800 flash unit. But before i do, I would like to know how to test it to ensure that everything is working fine esp if i'm getting it 2nd hand.
 

Pokka

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Mount onto your camera and do a few test shots. Swivel the flash around and check for its flexibility in turning and tilting.
 

rEv09

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Okie, so

- press pilot button
- ensure rotating feature is working
- check zoom
- ?? how to test the creativity function wirelessly ??
 

reachme2003

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at manual mode, use a flash meter to check its constant power at various settings, eg. 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and full power. also, check that its battery compartment has no signs of corrosion at its contact points. too many to check.
 

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Okie, so

- press pilot button
- ensure rotating feature is working
- check zoom
- ?? how to test the creativity function wirelessly ??
Ask the user how to set it :)

But if your camera cannot act as a commander, then i don't think you can test it :think:
Maybe if the seller is nice, you can ask if to bring sth that can trigger the flash via CLS ;p
 

zac08

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Ask the user how to set it :)

But if your camera cannot act as a commander, then i don't think you can test it :think:
Maybe if the seller is nice, you can ask if to bring sth that can trigger the flash via CLS ;p
Get another SB-800 as a remote controller or slave... :bsmilie:

Which camera is the TS using?
 

ZerocoolAstra

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the SB800 can't really act as a remote commander if it's the ONLY flash unit, correct? Unless TS has another flash (eg. SB-600 or SB-800), or a cam body that can act as commander (D80 and above)....
 

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