This information is provided as a reference and because the official Nikon configuring CLS portion of the camera(s) manual suckz!! We also will be using advanced remote flash configurations in an upcoming tutorial on outdoor Fill Flash photography.
Canon has a similar system, which is rumored to be incorporated in the 7D and possibly various other models or by purchasing an external optional controller. Canon users are encouraged to post links to sites regarding this information.

I do not own all of these cameras and have not actually seen these setting firsthand. Should you notice errors Please say so!!

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How to configure Nikon CLS on:D 70

Use CLS in P, S, A or M Exposure Modes.

1.) From the Pencil Menu, select #19 Flash Mode [ENTER]
2.) Select Command Mode, Select TTL [ENTER]

Once you are finished with CLS don’t forget to return to TTL/Manual mode. You’re built-in flash will not function properly until you do.

SB600 Considerations:
The SB600 will only work in TTL mode, so by selecting Manual or AA the SB600 will not fire.
When you power off the SB600 the settings will reset to Channel 4 and Group A. The SB800 will remember it’s setting, to make life easier on myself I always select Chanel 4 (for all SB Flashes) and group all SB600′s in Group A.

Don’t forget to open the Built-in Flash on your camera body.

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Coming Soon!

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How to configure Nikon CLS on: D90
Use CLS in P, S, A or M Exposure Modes.

1.) From the Pencil Menu on the main menu select Bracketing/Flash [ENTER]
2.) Select Flash Control for Built-in Flash [ENTER]
3.) Select Command Mode, [ENTER]
4.) Select TTL options, Channel and configure Groups [ENTER]

SB600 Considerations:
The SB600 will only work in TTL mode, so by selecting Manual or AA the SB600 will not fire.
When you power off the SB600 the settings will reset to Channel 4 and Group A. The SB800 will remember it’s setting, to make life easier on myself I always select Chanel 4 (for all SB Flashes) and group all SB600′s in Group A.

Don’t forget to open the Built-in Flash on your camera body.


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How to configure Nikon CLS on: D200/300
Use CLS in P, S, A or M Exposure Modes.

1.) From the Pencil Menu on the main menu select Built In Flash [ENTER]
2.) Select Command Mode [ENTER]
3.) Configuring Options,

SB600 Considerations:
The SB600 will only work in TTL mode, so by selecting Manual or AA the SB600 will not fire.
When you power off the SB600 the settings will reset to Channel 4 and Group A. The SB800 will remember it’s setting, to make life easier on myself I always select Chanel 4 (for all SB Flashes) and group all SB600′s in Group A.

Don’t forget to open the Built-in Flash on your camera body.

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How to configure Nikon CLS on:D 700

Use CLS in P, S, A or M Exposure Modes.

1.) From the Pencil Menu on the main menu select Bracketing/Flash [ENTER]
2.) Select Flash Control for Built-in Flash [ENTER]
3.) Select TTL options, Channel and configure Groups [ENTER]

SB600 Considerations:
The SB600 will only work in TTL mode, so by selecting Manual or AA the SB600 will not fire.
When you power off the SB600 the settings will reset to Channel 4 and Group A. The SB800 will remember it’s setting, to make life easier on myself I always select Chanel 4 (for all SB Flashes) and group all SB600′s in Group A.

Don’t forget to open the Built-in Flash on your camera body.

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To Enter CLS Mode:
1.) Hold down ZOOM and - at the same time to enter CLS settings. Note the gray CLS markings between these two buttons.
2.) Press the + or – button to scroll to the Z icon. This enables wireless communication between the SB600 and the camera.
3.) Press MODE until you see ON. If you have done it correctly you should now see Channel 4, Group A.
4.) Press MODE to make either the Channel or Group to flash.
5.) Press the + or - to select the desired Channel and Group.

To Exit CLS Mode:
1.) Press ZOOM and - at the same time to exit CLS mode or simply tap the POWER button to return to normal operating mode.

The SB-600 does not have a Standby Mode. You will drain your batteries if you forget to turn the power off. You should see the two LEDs flashing on the front of your flash when the power is on.



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Configuring REMOTE Mode on the SB-800
1.) Turn the flash on with the ON/OFF button.
2.) Press and hold the SEL button for about two seconds.
3.) Press SEL once, OFF will be highlighted. Scroll down to REMOTE, press SEL.
4.) Hold SEL down for two seconds, and the LCD will switch to the REMOTE settings.
5.) Press SEL once, CH will be highlighted. Scroll up or down to select Channel.
6. Press SEL once, Group will be highlighted. Scroll up or down to select A or B.
Do not use Group C
, the D200/300/700 cannot control that group.

Exit the REMOTE Mode on the SB-800.
1.) While in the REMOTE screen with the channels and groups, hold down the SEL button for two seconds and it will switch back to the screen that allows you to select MASTER, REMOTE, or in this case the all-important OFF selection.
2.) Press SEL again, and scroll up to OFF, then press SEL again to select OFF.
3.) Hold down the SEL button for two seconds to return to normal i-TTL mode.

The Nikon SB-800 Speedlight has built-in Commander Mode, which functions just like your D70/80/90/200/300/700. You will not not want to use this since you can trigger your remote flash with your camera in Command Mode. Setting the Nikon SB-800 to be used in a Group controlled by your CLS enabled camera is almost the same as configuring stand-alone Commander Mode on the SB-800 itself.

Be sure to set your SB-800 to REMOTE mode not MASTER mode. When you are in REMOTE mode, the flash is ready to respond to input from an external controller (the CLS enabled camera). In MASTER mode it wants to be the controller itself. You should only use REMOTE mode to be able to control the external flash from the CLS enabled camera.


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