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How do you prevent overheating with the SB900?

I recently got my SB900. During my first time practicing with it, it gave me the overheating warning and turned off. I had been taking multiple pictures in a short amount of time, as I was testing out different settings and lighting situations. However, I got the overheating warning within about 10 minutes of testing it out, and I was shocked to receive the message so early.

My question is, what measures can I take to prevent from overheating? I'm assuming I can't take multiple shots in mass succession. What IS the rate of pictures I can take? One every 30 seconds, one every minute, etc. Is there anything else I can do to prevent this from happening?

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Increase the iso on your camera. the more you rely on a flash to fill the room, you are putting strain on it. Set the iso to a value you find acceptable and go from there. Also do not use FP sync. on my current camera i have found a happy medium between an acceptable iso value and firing at 1-16th full power and have found overheating issues to go away and i can fire in pretty rapid succession using plain duracell batteries. (another advantage is you will not find yourself fumbling to change batteries as often)
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I have experienced the problem when shooting fire performers. where shooting time is limited to the time the flames are alight for. You don't have to use the flash for that long before it goes, a couple of minutes (and that is with the flash shooting at -1. A lot depends on the batteries you use, from what I have read. I have heard all sorts of different advise on reasons why and what batteries work better or worse. Turning down the power of your flash and using multiple flashes is the easiest way to stop it. Shooting slower, allowing the heat to dissipate will help but is limiting. I am not going to say which batteries you should use or if you should use a battery pack as I have heard so many things.
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Some people report this issue, but I've never experienced it. Getting your speedlight to overheat after 10 minutes of use suggests you were pushing it pretty hard -- which means rapid-fire shooting at full power. You have some control over flash output, which includes shooting with a larger aperture (smaller number), slower shutter speed and higher ISO value. In this way you can mediate between camera and flash to produce required output from the SB-900. Even though the thermal warning feature can be turned off, I wouldn't recommend it -- for obvious reasons.
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How do you install recent firmware updates on SB900 if the cameras you own are not on list

I own a d800 and two sb900's. how do i update the firmware? the d800 is not listed as a camera to use to update the flashes
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The most recent firmware update for the SB-900 Speedlight is version 5.02 which was released in November of 2008. The "Update" date reflects a change to the web page while the "Published" date is the date of the firmware itself.

If the firmware on your SB-900 is older than version 5.02 then you can use your D800 to do the update. Any DSLR that shows the "S" firmware option when a speedlight is attached can be used to do a Speedlight firmware update.

Firmware version 5.02 can be downloaded from this address:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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You should be able to do it with the D800, just follow the instructions, I suspect the only reason the D800 is not showing is because the SB-900 has been discontinued and therefore the camera list will not be updated. Either that or find someone that uses one of the listed cameras and do it like that.
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What firmware update are you referring to? There hasn't been a firmware update for the SB900 since 2008. That was version 5.02,
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SB-900 doesn´t overheat on D7000

SB-900 would always overheat on my D40, specially during the worst of times, such as crucial moments (grooms kissing in a wedding, happy birthday in a birthday party...). Since I got my D7000 I NEVER had a single overheat on SB-900, and I´m taking the same types of shots. Is that due to D7000´s new metering processor being more efficient? Thanks in advance for clarifying it!
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either that or you are using the d7k in a higher iso mode, since the d7k has eons better high iso than the d40. and higher iso->less need for light, so it's possible you're simply using your sb900 on a lower output.
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Overheating alert issues were corrected with the latest firmware version for the SB-900.
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Why does my SB_900AF Speedlight overheat all the time with my D40?

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They all overheat, the firmware update does not help. Different batteries does not help. The only things that helps is slowing down how fast you are shooting, turn up the ISO and shoot in brighter areas.......

Nikon staff, please admit to the problem and fix it. I have 10 of these sitting on the shelf at my studio not being used because we cannot not depend on them. If you can't or won't fix the problem, bring back the SB-800.....call it an SB-850 and charge $50 more than the cost of an SB-900 and I will buy 10 right away.
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Please verify the latest Firmware that you have on your SB-900:
Answer Title: SB-900 5.02 firmware update
Answer Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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I can use the SB-900 wirelessly with my D5000 without an additional command unit?

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Or use the SB-900 in SU-4 mode and control it manually.
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No, D5000 does not have a built in commander, you would need A SU800 commander.
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Can the firmware be updated in the SB-900 flash using a D7000 DSLR body?

Maybe a deal braker. Please send/post a link to whare I can find this infomation.
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Yes it can.
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Yes it can. Its all on the Nikon website here just in case you cant find it
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/16174/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzIxODA2NzMyL3NpZC93eTRBSUJKaw%3D%3D
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Can I use my 900 off of my camera?

If I want to take it off of my camera and position it apart from the camera, can I do that? What would I need to do so?
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Yes. Use it in the Remote function. There is a lot of great info online for Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS).
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You can use the SB-900 off of the camera. There are a couple of ways of doing this. If you have a DSLR with Nikons creative lighting system build into the camera you can use the built in flash (not with the D5100) to activate the flash. You can use SC28/SC29 attached to the camera to activate the flash. Or you can use another SB800/SB900 as a master or a wireless flash trigger with varying degrees of control.
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Can I use the SB 900 with my D 200 Camera ?

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Yes.
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Can I use the SB 900 with my D80 Camera?

Looking for decent flash for my D80. Saw the SB-900 and need to know. Thanks.
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Yes, you can use the SB-900 with the D80.
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sb900 not firing at all

i just got my new sb900 from a retail store. jammed it with a set of fresh batteries, everything seems to work fine, but when i tried pushing the test button, it doesn't fire. even when the test button lights up, still not firing. i tried it with the D90, still not firing. i tried putting it on wireless triggers, not firing. is it a product defect?
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If you already tried troubleshooting and the problem still persists, you are welcome to send your camera for evaluation.
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What does a red flash indicator in camera viewfinder mean?

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When a flash is attached it tell you that the flash is ready for use.
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Nikon SB-900 180 degree swivel not working

The swivel on my SB-900 suddenly stopped working while shooting a wedding yesterday. It will turn up and down, but fails to rotate. I purchased this product new 10 months ago. Is it an issue with the product, or did I accidentally engage some sort of lock mechanism? Another forum mentioned to listen for a rattling sound - there is no rattle. The product was not dropped or even set down. Thank you for your help!
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You're welcome to send your speedlight for service in order to be evaluated by one of our techs.
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Answer Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Nikon Flash SB900

The RPT (Stroboscopic) mode on my flash is not functioning. I've check the Custom menu, the RPT is On. What is the possible cause of this? Will highly appreciate your prompt reply/help on this. More power.
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Reset the settings on the speedlight, please see page C-9 for two-button reset. If the problem persists you are welcome to send your Speedlight for evaluation.
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What Batteries to use on a Nikon SB900

I have a D700 and am thinking about adding a SB900 flash for casual non-professional use. What are my battery options? I do not want to use Alkaline batteries if I can help it. Is there a larger lithium rechargeable battery like the one I use on my D700 that can be used. The fewer chargers and types of batteries I have to travel with the better. Thank you.
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Required Power Source:
Four 1.5V Alkaline-manganese (AA-size) batteries
Four 1.5V Lithium (AA-size) batteries
Four 1.2V Ni-MH (AA-size) batteries
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set flash to TTL BL

I can set the SB900 flash to TTL but can't get BL setting with it. What am I doing wrong in set up?
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In order to obtain TTL BL you need to set the Auto FP (High Speed Sync) on the camera Off.
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Is the SB-900 AF Speedlight compatible with the SB-800?

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Yes, by setting the SB-900 as a commander you can trigger the SB-800 wirelessly.
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Does the SB-900 AF Speedlight work similarly to the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander, in Commander mode?

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Yes, the SB-900 can be set as a commander.
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Can I use the SB 900 flash with my D5000 Camera ??

I want to order an Sb 900 but i want to know that can I use all features of flash on my D5000 camera .
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Yes.
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How to I make sound louder when using the flash in remote mode

The sb 800 is nice and loud but the sb 900 I can't here the sound.
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The SB-900 doesn't have volume adjustments.
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Will I be able to use the SB900 remotely with by D5000, without any additional equipment?

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Yes and no, you can if the SB-900 is in SU-4 mode but it would haveto be controlled manually power wise. The D5000 is not cls wireless enabled so it cannot control the flash via wireless ittl so you would either have to use the afore mentioned SU-4 mode or buy another flash or SU-800 to control via ittl.
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