Gray SB-80DX with SK-6 on D100
I have a gray market SB-80DX and a USA D100. They work fine, but am thinking of purchasing the SK-6 power bracket for the added battery capacity. Does anyone already use this combination, and if so, is it a good option? Is the USA SK-6 compatible with the gray SB-80DX (in case there are any connector differences between the gray and the USA version). If so, do I need to buy the gray SK-6A instead? I will appreciate if anyone can comment on this issue. I will also be grateful if anyone can advise me about the usefulness of the SK-6, in general.
Thanks & regards,
#1. "RE: Gray SB-80DX with SK-6 on D100" | In response to Reply # 0
pradipta Registered since 03rd Oct 2004Mon 14-Nov-05 06:50 AM
SK-6 will work fine with any SB-80DX - US version or grey market. And, BTW, there is absolutely no difference in connectors of US and grey market units of SB-80DX.
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#2. "RE: Gray SB-80DX with SK-6 on D100" | In response to Reply # 1
Len Shepherd Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003Mon 14-Nov-05 09:33 AM
>SK-6 will work fine with any SB-80DX - US version or grey
An older SK 6 definitely will not fit.
About 7 years back the EEC (and possibly Australia) introduced tougher electrical regulations and the "three overlapping circle" connection fitting on Speedlights was introduced in some parts of the World.
The SK-6a and SD-8a were also introduced with the new connectors.
In the meantime the "old fitting" speedlights and SK-6 and SD-8 were sold in the rest of the world - the 2 types are not interchangeable.
The SB-80DX and SB 800 have the "overlapping" connector fitting wherever they are sold, and Nikon have stopped selling the SD-8 which does not fit current Speedlights
Nikon still list the "SK-6" which I assume has the 6a connector.
If not, like an old SK-6 with the old connector, it will not fit.
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#4. "RE: Gray SB-80DX with SK-6 on D100" | In response to Reply # 3
Yogi Basic MemberMon 14-Nov-05 03:25 PM
Thanks for the info guys. I really appreciate your prompt replies. So looks like if I buy a new SK-6, (instead of a used unit, which may possibly be older and incompatible) I should be fine. Oh, I also forgot to mention that I plan on using the SK-6 on the D100 with the MB-D100 battery pack attached. I fear due to this the flash head will be additionally lowered by about 1.5 inches, so I don't know if that may pose a problem regarding shadows. The reason I ask this is that my lens is a 24-85 AF-S with the flower petal hood and I don't know if the hood will block a portion of the light from the flash head. All in all, if any one has actually used the SK-6 in a similar configuration, I will be delighted to hear any feedback regarding it's usefulness/drawbacks especially considering the SK-6 is pricey for what it is.
On other thoughts I already have the Stroboframe Quick-flip bracket, but find it cumbersome and a little awkward looking as compared to the SK-6, which seems professional. Also for verticals, the Quick flip has to change it's orientation. Yesterday night I did an experiment at home connecting the SB-80DX (with diffuser) to the D100 via the SC-17 cord and hand held the flash to the left and a little lower kinda simulating how it would be located on the SK-6. Frankly I wasn't too happy with the results as compared to what I got out of the Quick flip, but then again it was just an experiment and not a real SK-6 to put it on. So, I really really don't know whether to go for it or not, unless someone can chime in and tell me otherwise.