Sigma DG EF-500/530/610 Super
The appropriate version of the Sigma DG EF-500 Super, Sigma DG EF-530 Super and Sigma DG EF-610 Super can be used as dedicated remote units in other manufacturer's dedicated wireless systems. However, setting up these units a wireless remotes is not very intutive, and the supplied manual is not very clear about how you do this.
When you do this, it is useful to know that settings up a Sigma flash unit to be used as a remote flash unit off-camera can only be done when the flash is placed in the hot-shoe of the camera, and the camera's metering system is operating. Even if you are going to use a remote unit off camera, you shall have to set it up on camera. And you have to make sure that metering system is on while you're doing it. You turn on the metering system by pressing the shutter button half way down whenever the exposure display turns off.
Below is my notes about how to set the Sigma DG EF-500/530 Super up as an AWL-compatible remote unit on the Nikon D70. I think this or a similar procedure will work on other CLS/AWL-capable Nikon bodies. In the example setup we shall set up the camera and remote flash to use group “1” and channel “C3”. You may of course use other values if your camera has this capability
- Use the camera's menu to set the built-in flash to Commander TTL mode. Keep it there throughout the setup and shooting process. Set the zoom control on the lens to the widest angle you plan to use in your photo session. It will remain there during setup and use. Ignore any ISO settings on the flash. They are irrelevant when the flash is set up as a remote unit. If the camera allows you to select groups and channels (the D70 don't), set group “1” and channel “C3”.
- Turn off the Sigma flash and mount it in the camera's hot-shoe. Then turn it on again.
- Press the mode control on the flash until you are in the correct
mode. When you're in the right mode, you'll see three lines of
information on the LCD screen of the flash:
- In the upper left of the top line, you'll see “TTL”. The rest of the top line is blank.
- On the second line, on the left, you'll see a large lightning bolt joined to a smaller lightning bolt on its right with a dotted line, then on the same line “ZOOM xx mm”, where xx is the current zoom setting of the lens.
- On the third and last line, you will see “1 C1 SL”. The “1” is the group setting, the “C1” is the channel setting, and “SL” indicates Slave.
- Press the Sel button until the “C1” starts blinking.
- Repeatedly press the + button to set the right channel from C1 to C4. (In our example, the blinking “C1“ should become a blinking “C3“). The flash is now set up as a wireless remote unit in group “1”, channel “C3”.
- When you press Sel button again the group number will blink. You can now press the + button to change the group number. However, since we want group 1, we leave it just the way it is.
- Press the Sel button until no characters on the LCD screen are blinking. Do not attempt to set up any additional flash modes as you cycle through the rest of the options.
- When nothing is blinking, turn off the camera and the flash, separate them, transport the Sigma to the remote location where you want to use it, and turn both on again. The Sigma flash should now be set to operate as a wireless remote unit, using the built-in flash as wireless master in commander mode, in group “1” and channel “C3”. Make sure the built-in flash is popped up and set to operate in commander mode with the correct group and channel.
After you have done all this, don't press any more buttons on the Sigma flash (except Test, Light, or Off-On) or you'll have to re-attach it to the camera and re-program it.
If you need to change settings, you need to re-attach the flash to the camera.
While in wireless remote mode the red light on the front of the flash will blink continuously, and the flash will not enter standby, as it does when used in other modes.
Normal Slave mode
The Sigma 500/530/610 DG Super must be set to C0 SL mode (that is the normal slave mode) to be fired from a simple two-contact hot-shoe that is featured on most optical and radio triggers. It will not fire at all in manual mode without a full i-TTL connection to the camera body. It can't be set to FP (high speed sync) or second curtain sync in C0 SL mode.