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Old Sep 20, 2006, 3:20 AM   #1
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I just got my D80 3 weeks ago,ok the camera is good....i enjoy taking pict with it,im a new user to dslr too.....upgraded from my FZ30.

My problem is....how can i increase the shutter speed when the flash is on....?..the shutter speed is still at 1/200s...i tried it all mode PSAM....but when the flash is on shutter speed set to 1/200s....its like automatically from the camera.....

My D80 attach with new 18-135mm lens....please help me.....is there something im missing from the setup menu?..or my camera is faulty.....owh i`m afraid..


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Old Sep 20, 2006, 6:09 AM   #2
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A DSLR camera has a mechanical shutter that has a maximum speed at which it can sync with the flash. On the D80 that speed is 1/200 so the camera will not allow you to set a higher shutter speed with the flash turned on.

If you were able to set a faster speed you would get a shot where part of the frame was exposed and part was black.

There is nothing wrong with your camera or the setup.



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Old Sep 20, 2006, 7:20 AM   #3
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There is really no need to set a faster shutter speed (although the d80's fastest sync speed is only 1/200 where the D50 and D70 is 1/500). The flash freezes the action, and faster shutter speeds are not really necessary to stop the action.
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Oh i see....ermm so i just can get 1/200s ?....bcos i like taking insect picture....(macro)..usualy with my FZ30....the shutter speed at 1/400s with flash on...so i can capture the freeze moment very well....like flying bees....

Dont know with my new D80(never try yet)...hope i can get freeze flying bees at 1/200s....i`ll try next time with macro lens soon......

What do you think guys?...increase ISO for more sensitivity on light..?
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i had good images with 1/1200th shutter speed and an external old flash, on a d50

try setting the mode to M, stil cant change a thing?
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No...still cannot....I use Sunpak PZ500 Zoom AF....yes it can operate with D80..but still the shutter speed stuck at 1/200s.....:sad:
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The D2X and D2h's support some AP super fast shutter speed thing for the Sb-600 and Sb-800's
Does anyone know if the D80 supports that aswell? (the D50 doesn't I know that).
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I think the D80 does support fast sync with some external flashes.

The D70 and I think the D50 have an electronic as well as a mechanical shutter. Even though the published sync speed for the D70 is 1/500 with a manual strobe it will sync at any speed, just like a compact. This is not the case with the D80 or the D200.

On my first flim SLR the sync speed was 1/30. In the right lighting freezing the subject was not a problem. The duration of the flash is very short so using small apertures and low ISO prevents the ambient light being recorded and you get a flash only shot frozen by the short duration of the flash.
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