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Old Apr 18, 2017, 1:14 PM   #1
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The D7500 is advertising its new wireless capability (with optional wireless transmitter and SB5000 flash). It sounds like this is a new system as compared to the old "Flash Commander" mode whereby the on-camera flash could control remote flashes - is this true?
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I've currently got a D7100 and a few older flashes (one SB-600 and two SB-900s). I can put the D7100 in "commander" mode and control all my older generation flashes remotely (Provided I have line-of-sight to them). If I upgrade to the D7500 do my older flashes become obsolete as wirelessly triggered flashes (e.g. - are they then only useful if on the D7500 hotshoe or if I buy a third-party triggering system).
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I've currently got a D7100 and a few older flashes (one SB-600 and two SB-900s). I can put the D7100 in "commander" mode and control all my older generation flashes remotely (Provided I have line-of-sight to them). If I upgrade to the D7500 do my older flashes become obsolete as wirelessly triggered flashes (e.g. - are they then only useful if on the D7500 hotshoe or if I buy a third-party triggering system).
No they are not obsolete - The D7500 use the same infrared commander mode as before with its pop-up flash:
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/99...or-you?slide=7
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The D7500 is advertising its new wireless capability (with optional wireless transmitter and SB5000 flash). It sounds like this is a new system as compared to the old "Flash Commander" mode whereby the on-camera flash could control remote flashes - is this true?
The SB-5000 is dual-mode, i.e. it still works with your 'old' CLS (Creative Light Sytem) system remotely through infrared, which means line of sight (and not behind walls...). The SB5000 will work with your SB-600 and SB900!

Only to use the new radio (i.e. RF) non-line of sight (i.e. behind obstacles), then you'll need the optional wireless transmitter. Nikon call this new system Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL)
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You might want to take a look at this:
https://www.adorama.com/orrrtr612n.html

I got one for my Canon and they work beautifully:
Canon 600EX-RT Knockoff

-> At the cost of one OEM RF flash I can get 3 wireless (Adorama branded) RF flashes instead
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NHL - thanks for the replies and the references!
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