I have a D200 and a D7000. The D200 triggers the SB600 in Commander Mode without any issues. The D7000 on the other hand will not trigger the SB600 with absolutely identical settings in Commander Mode to the D200's. Am I missing some secret/hidden setting? All channels/groups are identical.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The D7000 should be able to trigger the SB600. Could you post the details of how you have the SB600 configured? \$\endgroup\$
    – ahockley
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 19:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ built-in flash set to CMD, built in set to -- value and then group A/B at 0, channel set to 1. SB600 set to channel 1 group A and in remote mode. \$\endgroup\$
    – chrisharry
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 19:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ commander mode is not working on my D7000 + SB-700 or SB-900 while I have no problem with D300 with same CMD settings. MY D7000 has the latest firmware 1.02 (2/5/2010) \$\endgroup\$
    – user4981
    Commented May 2, 2011 at 16:16

3 Answers 3


Some things to check:

  • Make sure custom setting e3, Flash cntrl for built-in flash (Menu > Custom Settings Menu > Bracketing/Flash > e3) is set to CMD↯
  • Under setting e3, Group A should be set to TTL or M. The SB-600 doesn't have a thyristor sensor, so A won't work.
  • Make sure your compensation or power isn't set so low that you can't see much light.
  • Under setting e3, set Channel to 1.
  • The SB-600 should be in slave mode. Hold Zoom and - until the menu appears, and press + or - until the synchronization icon (squiggly right arrow) appears press Mode until this turns to On.
  • Make sure your camera is in P, S, A, or M -- CLS doesn't work in Auto or Scene.
  • Make sure you have line of sight from the D7000's on-camera flash to the IR sensor on the SB-600.
  • Is the D7000's flash firing?

Oh, and one thing that I find really annoying that might be tripping you up: Make sure to hit OK after changing settings in the Commander Mode menu -- just changing them without hitting OK won't save them.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The answer is obvious: The camera is speaking German and the flash is speaking English, so of course it doesn't understand. The explanation in Krall's post got it to work for me - I'm sure it's buried in the user's manual somewhere, but I couldn't find it. \$\endgroup\$
    – user8572
    Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 17:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ What exactly was it that got it to work, and did you have the same problem as chrisharry? \$\endgroup\$
    – MikeW
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 4:30

I've got the same setup working without any issues by following the instructions in the manual. But what is crucial, you have to open up the integrated flash.

My Settings:

SB600 Settings

D7000 Settings

  • \$\begingroup\$ Definitely, like I said everything is identical between the D200 and the D7000 including the integrated flash being popped up. \$\endgroup\$
    – chrisharry
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 21:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ i.imgur.com/pqcLw.jpg I have no idea how to add images here, but there's my settings. \$\endgroup\$
    – chrisharry
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 22:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am not sure about this, but maybe the camera and the flash are paired in some way. Maybe that - if any - pairing is not released? \$\endgroup\$
    – el_migu_el
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 22:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ there's a icon looking like a framed picture, right to an icon looking like binary code \$\endgroup\$
    – el_migu_el
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 22:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ I have tried with your settings, works for me :( \$\endgroup\$
    – el_migu_el
    Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 22:39

I had a similar problem with a SB-600, so I borrowed an SB-700 and found the problem continued with that flash. I set them up to both run on the same channel and found they would fire / not fire at the same times, so I knew it had something to do with the camera. When I turned my built in flash from TTL to "--" everything started working fine. I don't know why, but the TTL flash of the built in flash was interfering in some way. I even found that I could leave it in TTL and cover the built in flash with my hand and the other flashed would then fire consistently. Weird, but glad I found a way to make it work.


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