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I am shooting with a Nikon D7000 and an SB700 flash unit. The camera can put its built-in flash into a commander mode that will make the SB700 work wirelessly in slave mode.

However, it seems as though this is done using a pre-flash that makes using it in bright situations as a fill almost impossible since the SB700 will not see the pre-flash.

The SB700 does have an infrared receiver on it. Is there an accessory that will communicate with the SB700 wirelessly without having to use the pop-up flash? Or do I need to just get a second SB700 and use THAT one in commander mode?

I'm trying to avoid using the pop-up flash since you cannot direct it and it is way too harsh.
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maybe put something over the pop up flash so when it goes off it doesnt do anything. i know its bright but it might be a possibility
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I am shooting with a Nikon D7000 and an SB700 flash unit. The camera can put its built-in flash into a commander mode that will make the SB700 work wirelessly in slave mode.

However, it seems as though this is done using a pre-flash that makes using it in bright situations as a fill almost impossible since the SB700 will not see the pre-flash.

The SB700 does have an infrared receiver on it. Is there an accessory that will communicate with the SB700 wirelessly without having to use the pop-up flash? Or do I need to just get a second SB700 and use THAT one in commander mode?

I'm trying to avoid using the pop-up flash since you cannot direct it and it is way too harsh.

You can set the pop up flash to not affect the exposure by setting it to "--" instead of "TTL".

You could buy some cheap radio triggers for the flash, but honestly, I wouldn't recommend it. They are somewhat unreliable and you lose the iTTL functionality as well has the ability for High Speed sync when firing with the Pop Up flash. (Nikon's high speed sync system can go up to 1/8000 when firing in commander mode.

I just recently used me D7000 and my SB-900 outdoors for some senior photography, and found that if I turned the IR sensor on the SB-900 towards the pop up flash it would fire perfectly. This was in extremely harsh lighting conditions with the sun directly above us. You can also rotate the flash head in the direction you need so the light is going in the right direction, and so the sensor can receive the signal.

Overall, I would suggest trying this first. I bought some cheap radio triggers, but found I didn't need them because firing from the pop up flash worked great outdoors. With that you get to keep Nikon's incredibly advanced TTL system, High Speed FP sync, and you can fire multiple Nikon flashes later without buying another radio receiver.

Hope this helps!
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The D700 will send out a pre-flash to talk to the SB700 and it causes fill sometimes. Best way to counter it is to use the SG-31R panel. Or I just tape a white business card and it works the same.
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