Tips for faster cycling (Speedlight SB-600)

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Dr Nick Riviera Junior Member • Posts: 30
Tips for faster cycling (Speedlight SB-600)

Recently I've been shooting quite a lot indoors in sometimes rather dim conditions, mainly my toddler but also guests at my place (Nikon D7100, 17-55/2.8, f/2.8-4, 1/125, Matrix metering, SB 600 in TTL setting and bounced from the ceiling, Auto ISO ended up between 800 and 1600).

When the flash functions properly the resulting shots are perfectly lit, but unfortunately about half of my shots are underexposed because the flash did not fire at full power. Not surprisingly, this occurs more frequently when I fire sequences.

My questions are:

  • What is a realistic cycle time with a set of fresh 2500 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries? Maybe I should just lower my expectations...
  • Anything else I could do? I really don't want to go above ISO 1600 with my D7100 and f/2.8 provides a too thin DOF when I want to have a group of people in focus.
 Dr Nick Riviera's gear list:Dr Nick Riviera's gear list
Nikon D7100 Olympus E-M5 III Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II +4 more
Nikon D7100
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