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  1. #1
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    External flash problem

    Please forgive me because I know only how to point and shoot but am trying to learn. I don't know the terminology most of you use. Please help me set my D80 for an external flash. Instead of replacing my dull yellowed flash, I bought an external but cannot for the life of me figure out how to set the camera to use the external rather than the auto flash on the camera. I have looked thru a few threads and I am unable to get this accomplished. Help!? Is there somewhere someone walks you thru this process?
    Thank you.


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    Re: External flash problem

    Quote Originally Posted by karmilli View Post
    Please forgive me because I know only how to point and shoot but am trying to learn. I don't know the terminology most of you use. Please help me set my D80 for an external flash. Instead of replacing my dull yellowed flash, I bought an external but cannot for the life of me figure out how to set the camera to use the external rather than the auto flash on the camera. I have looked thru a few threads and I am unable to get this accomplished. Help!? Is there somewhere someone walks you thru this process?
    Thank you.
    What external flash did you buy, specifically? This is important for reasons of compatibility between camera and flash.
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  3. #3
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    Re: External flash problem

    I got a Powerextra DF-400. It was cheap and since I don't have a clue what I am doing I didn't want to spend a lot. I don't even know what kind of cord to buy to attach it to the camera. :/ Sorry I am such an idiot. I really do want to learn. Thank you for your help.

  4. #4
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    Re: External flash problem

    Quote Originally Posted by karmilli View Post
    I got a Powerextra DF-400. It was cheap and since I don't have a clue what I am doing I didn't want to spend a lot. I don't even know what kind of cord to buy to attach it to the camera. :/ Sorry I am such an idiot. I really do want to learn. Thank you for your help.
    The DF-400 is designed to work with pretty much any modern digital camera with a hot-shoe and as such it will work on your Nikon D80. Unfortunately using the DF-400 is going to be more complicated than using a flash that is better designed to work with your D80 so... Before we go into a lot of explanation about what you're going to need to do to make the DF-400 work for you let me ask: Is this the road you want to go down, or can you return the flash you have and get something else? We can recommend some flashes that will make your life significantly easier but it's going to cost you more. The least expensive option I can come up with would set you back about $100.
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  5. #5
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    Re: External flash problem

    I would like to try the hard way first as my funds are very limited at this time. If I really cannot make it work then I will have to go to a different route. I sure do appreciate your help. Will I need a cord?

  6. #6
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    Re: External flash problem

    Quote Originally Posted by karmilli View Post
    I would like to try the hard way first as my funds are very limited at this time. If I really cannot make it work then I will have to go to a different route. I sure do appreciate your help. Will I need a cord?
    You shouldn't need a cord. The flash attaches to the hot-shoe on top of the camera like you see in the picture below.

    Once your flash is mounted I'm going to refer you this article, Flash Photography Settings for Beginners, which will give some suggested settings and walk you through using on-camera flash.

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    Last edited by Horoscope Fish; 02-26-2020 at 12:04 PM.
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  7. #7
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    Re: External flash problem

    karmilli,
    If your browser has reader view like EDGE instructions at the link. If you have a Mac and use Safari next to the url that Paul provided will make viewing a pleasure. In fact you may be able to print as a PDF (on a Mac) and on windows it may be different. This has always helped me. It make reading easy. If that flash has instructions there is a formula that you can use to get the Aperture with whatever ISO you are using and distance from flash to subject. Thats how I learned BEF (Before Electronic Flash) we used flash bulbs back then.
    Always post questions and images there are plenty of helpers on this forum and remember we all started like YOU!

    Lou Cioccio

  8. #8
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    Re: External flash problem

    I must just be too stupid because no matter what I do with the settings the auto flash still opens to flash even with it disabled and with the external attached. I guess I just have to return the external. I don't know what else to do. Thank you all for your help though.

  9. #9
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    Re: External flash problem

    This is disabled in the camera menu? Which model camera maybe we can help. If it still does you might need to reset the camera.and/or flash the external one. If your using the built in flash as master it does come to flash an infrared signal to the external flas.
    Lou Cioccio

  10. #10
    Junior Member

    Re: External flash problem

    Yes I disabled it in the camera menu. It is a Nikon D80 model. I have reset everything and still cannot get the autoflash disabled. So frustrating.





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