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I have a Canon Rebel XT that is less than a year old. I also have a Canon Speedlite 430EX flash that I purchased with my camera..

I am trying desperately to figure out how I can trigger this flash remotely using the built in flash on the camera..

I have a good friend that does this with his Nikon. Is this system different? Do I actually have to buy another 430EX so that it will trigger the flash?.

Perhaps this is an infrared system that needs a trigger attachment? How would you use the built in flash with this attached?.

Any help would be greatly appreciated..

Chris..

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Chris Hockley wrote:.

I have a good friend that does this with his Nikon. Is this systemdifferent?.

Yes. Nikon has a wireless flash system ("CLS" or "Creative Lighting System"). A lot of the Nikon bodies (D70 and up) can act as wireless flash controllers, as can the SB-800 flash and the SU-800 flash controller..

Canon has a hot-shoe mounted controller similar to the SU-800. Like the Nikon hot-shoe controller, it's a bit pricey..

You can also get "dumb" slave flashes that trigger off the light of a main flash but these lack the intelligence of Nikon's iTTL or Canon's eTTL...

Comment #1

The Canon flash controller is a "Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2"..

A Google search turned up a site on wireless Canon flash that might be worth a quick read. I can't vouch for it's accuracy, but it looked informative ....

Http://www.velvetlens.com/PhotoTips/Wireless/WirelessFAQ.htm..

Comment #2

Re>I am trying desperately to figure out how I can trigger this flash remotely using the built in flash on the camera.<.

You can't. Might as well stop trying..

BAK..

Comment #3

Highjack- can the nikon D40 remote flash with the sb800 with out the shoe attachment?..

Comment #4

According to Ken Rockwell's D40 review, the D40's built-in flash "cannot function as a remote commander"..

He says that for that, you'd need a camera-mounted SU-800 ... but I believe that a camera-mounted SB-800 flash would also do. (Likewise, I think I read that the more expensive Canon flash, when mounted on top of a camera, can remote-control other Canon flashes.)..

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