I am aware of what Nikon brand ext flashes which Nikon officially approves (SB22s, SB28, SB50, etc). However, I have heard of people having some success with using other Nikon brand flash models with their CP995. I have the SB-15, has anyone had any success using this Nikon flash (SB-15) as an ext flash for their CP995? (success = nothing breaks & proper exposures). Thank you!
#1. "RE: Older ext flash for CP995" In response to Reply # 0
Salt Lake City, US
I can't offer you first hand advice with other flashes (I use an SB-22s and SB-28), but you should be able to use any flash with Nikon contacts externally with the Coolpix.
You'll get the best results with a Nikon TTL compatible flash (that includes Nikon specific aftermarket flashes). Proper exposures with a Coolpix can sometimes be difficult to get even with the two flashes I own (sorry to say). The TTL sensor next to the lens is blocked by any accessory you screw into the front threads.
I often switch from TTL to flash-controlled auto or even manual flash. You will get more pleasing TTL flash results if you select slow-sync whenever possible. In slow sync mode, you can control exposure compensation via the main exposure controls. Otherwise, your only override is via the flash compensation menu settings.
#2. "RE: Older ext flash for CP995" In response to Reply # 0
I've successfully used a Vivitar 283 with the 995, though I haven't used it a great deal. The guy at the camera store told me it wouldn't work, but I couldn't see how it wouldn't.
The 995's pop-up flash has to be up and will still fire when I picture is taken. I had to fool with the Vivitar's settings a little to get a proper exposure. After getting it to work, I found a Nikon SB-24 on eBay for a good price, which is what I use now.