Nikon D800/D800E

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Review this page for information about the Nikon D800/D800E and its performance with PocketWizard radios.

General Nikon Operational Considerations

The following operational considerations apply to all Nikon cameras unless otherwise noted.

Flash Sync Speed - Custom Camera Setting

When using a Nikon camera and ControlTL radios, the camera's "Flash Sync Speed" setting must be set to the slower shutter speed of the two "Auto FP" options. This setting can be found in the "Bracketing/Flash" Custom Settings menu.


D800/D800E Specific Operational Considerations

The following operational considerations apply only to the D800/D800E.

D800 vs. D800E

The D800E uses an optical filter with all anti-aliasing properties removed with the aim of producing the sharpest images possible. Nikon reports that, aside from the optical filter, all functions and features are the same as on the D800. Likewise, our extensive testing suggests that the D800 and D800E perform comparably with PocketWizard radios. In terms of HyperSync performance, they are identical - if you are using the D800, the PDFs for D800E HyperSync performance will apply to your camera. For more information on the difference between these camera models, visit Nikon's D800/D800E page.

Lens-Specific Shutter Clipping

When the D800 or D800E is equipped with certain fixed lenses and set to its narrowest aperture setting, shutter clipping may be captured at HSS speeds, particularly above 1/2000. Affected lenses include the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D, Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D, and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G.

Camera Firmware

For best results, use the latest camera body firmware.

The latest firmware for the D800 is A:1.10 / B:1.10, available for download at Nikon USA and Nikon EU.

The latest firmware for the D800E is A:1.10 / B:1.10, available for download at Nikon USA and Nikon EU.


HyperSync Performance

Use the tables below to view the D800/D800E's HyperSync performance with a specific flash.

  1. Find the table for your flash brand and PocketWizard receiver.
  2. Locate your flash in the "Flash Model" column.
  3. Determine whether you will enable HyperSync Only or not. Enabling HyperSync Only will provide the most consistent results and is recommended for Nikon users.
  4. Follow the "Transmitter Setup" link in the "Radio Setup" column to configure your transmitter.
  5. Follow the appropriate Receiver Setup link in the "Radio Setup" column. When configuring your receiver, you will need to choose a HyperSync Automation method, either Reduced Clipping or Highest Energy.
  6. Choose the PDF that corresponds to the HyperSync Automation method that you have selected for your radios. The PDFs contain images that illustrate the kind of performance you should expect with your setup.


Einstein and PowerMC2

Flash Model HyperSync Only Control Radio Setup HyperSync Automation Selection
Einstein E640 HyperSync Only Enabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF Reduced Clipping PDF
PowerMC2 Setup
HyperSync Only Disabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF Reduced Clipping PDF
PowerMC2 Setup

Note: Example images were captured using the Einstein's "Color" mode.

Elinchrom and PowerST4

Flash Model HyperSync Only Control Radio Setup HyperSync Automation Selection
Ranger RX S-Head HyperSync Only Enabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF Reduced Clipping PDF
PowerST4 Setup
HyperSync Only Disabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF Reduced Clipping PDF
PowerST4 Setup
Ranger RX A-Head HyperSync Only Enabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF Reduced Clipping PDF
PowerST4 Setup
HyperSync Only Disabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF Reduced Clipping PDF
PowerST4 Setup

White Lightning and FlexTT5 with AC9 AlienBees Adapter

Flash Model HyperSync Only Control Radio Setup HyperSync Automation Selection
White Lightning X3200 HyperSync Only Enabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF coming soon! Reduced Clipping PDF
FlexTT5 and AC9 AlienBees Adapter Setup
HyperSync Only Disabled Transmitter Setup Highest Energy PDF coming soon! Reduced Clipping PDF
FlexTT5 and AC9 AlienBees Adapter Setup


Don't see your gear?
We have paused our HyperSync testing and PDF production for the time being. We may be adding more results to the wiki as they become available. Check back in the future.


Nikon Special Notes

The following special notes apply to all Nikon cameras.

FV Lock

FV Lock is not currently supported with PocketWizard radios.

Unsupported Modes

  • Mirror Up mode is not fully supported at this time – test with your specific configuration before using.
  • Exposure Delay mode (set via in-camera menu) is not currently supported.
  • Repeater/RPT mode is not currently supported.

In-Camera Flash Control

Using in-camera “Flash Control for Built In Flash” menu to control remote zones is not currently supported.

Rear-Curtain Sync and Bulb

Rear Curtain Sync and Bulb mode cannot be used together. For more information, visit our Rear Curtain Sync page.

Remote Infrared Control

ControlTL radios disable ALL infra-red/optical communication pulses used in Nikon’s native i-TTL system, and will not trigger remote flashes configured to receive these pulses. A PocketWizard radio is required for each remote flash you want to trigger.


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