How to Troubleshoot a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

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How to Troubleshoot a Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
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The Nikon SB-600 Speedlight is the mid-range flash in the Nikon line. It offers wireless command modes with a slightly reduced range, compared to the flagship SB-900. For many photographers, the SB-600 is all the flash they need, while professionals sometimes use it as a second flash, or operate multiple ones in series for studio lighting. If something goes wrong with the SB-600 Speedlight, troubleshooting is a good idea to avoid sending it off to Nikon for repairs.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Replace the batteries with fresh batteries if the flash seems to be powering down quickly; or the ready-light does not come on; or if the flash won't power on at all.

  2. 2

    Reset your camera's shooting mode or aperture/shutter settings if the TTL indicator won't appear on the flash when it is set to the TTL mode.

  3. 3

    Remove the flash and reattach it if the ready light blinks when you depress the shutter, or if two dashes appear in the zoom head indicator. This often means the flash is not correctly attached.

  4. 4

    Reset the exposure settings if the ready-light blinks three times after taking a picture, or if you hear three beeps after taking a picture when using the flash in wireless mode. The image is likely underexposed and you may need to recompose the shot by adjusting exposure settings or changing the position of the camera relative to the subject.

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