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Technical Solutions | Radio-Controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting TIPS

An Introduction to Radio AWL

In radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting ("radio AWL"), the camera controls remote flash units with radio signals transmitted via a WR‑R10 wireless remote controller attached to the camera.

Equipment That Supports Radio AWL

As of March 2017, the following support radio AWL:

  • Cameras: The D5 and D500
  • Flash units: The SB‑5000
  • Wireless remote controllers: The WR‑R10* (firmware version 3.00 or later)

* WR‑A10 WR adapter required with D5 or D500.

When to Use Radio AWL

Radio AWL can be used in situations not suited to optical flash control, such as the three listed below.

Distant Flash Units

Radio AWL can be used for reliable communication with flash units up to about 30 m (98 ft) from the camera.

  • Remote flash control: Group flash (A: M 1/1)
  • Lens: AF‑S NIKKOR 24–70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • Focal length: 24 mm
  • Exposure mode: Manual
  • Shutter speed: 1805.5 s
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 100

Flash Units Out of Line of Sight

Radio flash control can be used with flash units that cannot be seen from the camera, giving you greater freedom in placing remote flash units.

  • Remote flash control: Group flash (A: M 1/1, B: M 1/8)
  • Lens: AF‑S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
  • Focal length: 85 mm
  • Exposure mode: Manual
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 s
  • Aperture: f/16
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 640

Bright Ambient Lighting

Bright ambient lighting interferes with the optical signals used for optical flash control. Radio AWL provides reliable flash control even in bright sunlight.

  • Remote flash control: Group flash (A: M 1/2, B: M 1/2)
  • Lens: AF‑S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • Focal length: 70 mm
  • Exposure mode: Manual
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 s
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO 100