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Nikon D200 User's Guide
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CUSTOM SETTING MENU

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e1 - e8: BRACKETING/FLASH

How to Get Here

Press MENU, go to the left and select up and down to the pencil icon. You'll then see CUSTOM SETTING MENU on the color LCD. Click down to e BRACKETING/FLASH and click to the right.

What it Does

It sets flash function and completely unrelated bracketing options.

What I Change

I change e1, e2 and e4. I leave the rest alone.


e1 Flash Sync Speed lets you select a lower flash sync speed. You might want to choose a slower speed to let in more ambient light, but I select that with the next option.

This menu lets you select 1/60 through 1/250.

It also is where you must select AUTO FP if you wish to use the trick FP high-speed sync modes.


e2 Flash Shutter Speed selects the slowest shutter speed with flash in the P and A modes.

1/60 is default. I usually set about 1/30 or 1/15 to let in more ambient light to prevent my backgrounds from blacking out.


e3 Built-in Flash selects what the built-in flash does.

By default it works like a TTL flash. That's good. It works great.

You also may set it manually, or play with a repeating strobe mode.

Hidden in the C(bolt) menu is how to set the flash to become the commander to talk to a wireless remote flash, which today is only the SB-600 or SB-800.

Under this menu you can set two groups of external flashes separately, as well as how much light comes from the built-in flash.

"Comp" is the exposure compensation (brightness) for each of these groups of lights.

You can set lighting ratios of remote flashes, right from the D200!

Here's how to get it to work:

Select C mode.

TRICK: You have to set Channel 3, not the default of 1, to get this to work! My SB-600 defaults to channel 3. You can any channel, but the flash and camera have to match. Different channels are handy if you have a lot of photographers shooting in the same arena. No, I have no idea why the D70 defaults to 3 as does the SB-600, and the D200 defaults to ch. 1.

Leave the rest of it alone. Set your flash for remote operation, and away you go. I prefer to save all this in a bank as explained at the Custom Setting Menu page. This way I save a lot of twiddling when I want to use remote flash, and save it again when I want to go back to normal.

See also my page on how to use remote flash. It's an incredible feature, and it's free if you have an SB-600 or SB-800.


e4 Modeling Flash Turn this off!

Otherwise you'll go blind, because it fires a zillion flash shots as a modeling light if you tap the Depth-of-feild preview button.


e5 Auto BKT Set controls what exposures change when you have the D200 bracket.

You can have everything change exposure, or just the flash, or the ambient light, or have the WB bracket.

I never use these.


e6 Manual Mode Bracketing controls what changes when letting the D200 bracket itself in manual exposure mode.

I never use this.


e7 Auto BKT Order sets the order in which the various bracketed exposures are made.


e8 Auto BKT Selection lets you choose from preset numbers and levels of change, or choose them yourself.

I never use these.


PLUG

My D200 User's Guide continues below.

It took me two months to write this D200 User's Guide. No one pays me anything. If you find it as helpful as a book you might have had to buy or a workshop you may have had to take, feel free to help me share more.

Thanks!

Ken


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          e Bracketing/Flash

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