Nikon D800 CLS issue – feedback from Nikon HQ !
A few minutes ago I received a message from Nikon Germany. They got word from Nikon Japan about the CLS issue I reported. The engineers at Nikon were finally able to reproduce the problem !
Failure to trigger the slave flashes with the internal master flash can occur under the following conditions:
- Internal camera flash is configured as master in mode “M” or “–”
- External flashes in groups A or B are in mode “M” or “–” (I don’t know why they included “–” in the message, because in this setting the slave flashes are not supposed to fire anyway….)
Nikon recommends the following steps as a workaround while a solution is being developed:
- Set internal flash to “TTL” mode or
- Fire the external flashes in groups A and B in mode “TTL” or “AA”.
At last the prove that I am not an idiot and that there is truly a genuine bug in the D800, hooray !
I did some smaller shootings in the last weeks and the flashes were triggered fairly reliably. There were roughly 4-5 misfires in 100 shots. Which is not much but still annoying. During the shootings I realized by myself that setting the slave flashes to “TTL” results in a 100% trigger accuracy. But since I am accustomed to manually set the flash power (“M” mode) the problem still occurred.
Let’s wait and see, I see another firmware update on the horizon !