To set the SB-800 to Remote mode it is necessary to enter the custom functions menu. It may look complicated the first time around, but once you’ve done it once, you will wonder what all the fuss was about!
Press and hold the SEL button in the center of the Multi-Selector. You will need to hold this for at least 1 second until the display changes to the Custom Menu, then release the SEL button.
Using the Multi-Selector Up/Down/Left/Right buttons, select the ‘Wireless Flash Mode’ function then press the SEL button.
The Wireless Flash Mode menu is now active, so use the Up (+) and Down (-) buttons to select and highlight the REMOTE function. Press and hold the SEL button for 1-2 seconds until the display changes to the Remote mode then release the SEL button.
The LCD will now display the Remote mode, and allow you to set the Channel and Group. The Channel must match the Master, or this Remote will not fire. Choice of Group will depend on you based on how you want this Remote to trigger. Up to 3 different Remote Groups are possible, being Groups A, B and C.
Selecting the Channel
Press the SEL button to highlight the CH selector, then press the + or – button to cycle through the possible settings until the Channel on this Remote matches the Channel on the Master, then press the SEL button.
Selecting the Group
If the Group section is not highlighted, press the SEL button to highlight the Group section the press the + or – button to cycle through Groups A, B & C. These Groups correspond directly to the Groups A, B and C on the Master.
Select the Zoom Position
With the wide angle diffuser open, or if the diffuser dome is attached, the ZOOM position is automatically restricted to 14mm or 17mm. This is ideal for covering large areas (fill), or shooting in to a large umbrella.
With the built-in wide flash adapter retracted and diffuser dome removed, the widest zoom position is 24mm and the longest zoom position is 105mm.
To set the zoom position press the Left or Right button in increase or decrease the zoom level. If the Master SB-800 is being used for basic room fill, a wide angle setting is often the better choice, but you should always experiment to find your own preference.
Your SB-800 is now ready to operate as part of a CLS Group. For information about setting up CLS Speedlights, choose one of the following links: