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Can't get i-TTL hot shoe flash to Sync?

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Hello, I'm hoping someone can help a rookie out! I have a Nikon D3200 flash with a Af-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5-56G ED VRII Lens. I recently purchased a Meike MK320 Speedlite to improve over the built-in camera flash but I can't get it to work! Every flash photo I take appears dark as if no flash was used at all. I can see the flash fire through the lens so I know it's working. I'm not trying to be fancy, I'm using the flashes TTL mode [i-TTL] with the 'Auto' setting on the camera so I thought it would just work, easy-peasy, but I'm very frustrated. Is there some setting I need to change to get it to work? I'd appreciate any help! I should also mention that the built-in flash works fine no matter what setting I'm using; Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc. 




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I've never owned either the D3200 or the Meike flash, but I would suggest, as a test...


Set the camera on manual


Set your shutter speed to 1/60ths of a second


Set your lens to f/16


Set your flash to TTL


Photograph something in the five to eight foot range


See if you get an image. If that doesn't work, try setting your flash to Auto or Manual and repeat the test.



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