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Nikon D3200 and SB600 Speedlight. Can this speed light be

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Nikon D3200 and SB600 Speedlight. Can this speed light be used as a slave flash from the D3200? Some books say yes but I can't work out how to get the camera to activate the flash remotely ie wirelessly.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Pete replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

Yes, the SB-600 can be used as a slave using i-TTL wireless control from the D3200.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
This doesn't really help me very much. Can you please tell me how I program the D3200 for wireless remote flash? The manual doesn't say.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The Speedlight manual instructions are clear and I understand them. It's how to get the camera to talk to the flash is my problem. Thanks
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Under the Shooting Menu on my 3200 it shows Flash Control for Built in Flash which gives you two options, TTL or Manual. I can't find any other reference to iTTL or wireless operation anywhere in the menu. Thanks again for your help on this - it's driving me nuts!
Expert:  Pete replied 2 years ago.


If you set the Flash control to TTL when the SB-600 is connected, then standard i-TTL flash control will be used with spot metering or when selected with the SB-600 flash unit.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No, still not working. The Speedlight is set with wireless on, ch 1 Group A, M zoom at 50mm. The wireless reciever point is facing towards the camera. Flash operates ok on camera. Camera is set with spot metering, aperture priority, ISO 200, in built flash operating ok. Flash still won't fire remotely. Just not talking to each other. Would it be the Channel and Group setting?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Pete Just read on that the built in flash on a D3200 can't serve as a Commander. You need a remote commander eg a SU800. Now I'm really confused! Ian
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Pete
I cant really rate you yet as I dont have an answer to my problem yet. My D3200 is still not remotely triggering the SB600 speedlight. Did you get my message yesterday where I said that I had just found a reference on that the built-in flash on the 3200 cant serve as a commander and so will not trigger a slave speedlight, and that you need a SU800 Commander unit to achieve this. This is contrary to your advice so if you are correct, can you please give me detailed instructions how to do it? Then I'd be very happy to rate you.
Expert:  Pete replied 2 years ago.

Hi, sorry I haven't been notified of your previous replies.

I will opt out so another expert can assist you more quickly.


Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok thanks
Expert:  Michael replied 2 years ago.

Hi, you are 100% correct, different expert here.

The unit needs something to provide the pulse that will set off the flash system.

If you need anything else on this please reply to me.

Have a great day ;-)

Tech Michael