The SB-26 can be used as a slave, in the sense that it can be triggered with another flash, however I don´t believe this would be TTL, most likely the SB-26 will have to be controlled manually. Will a owner of a SB-26 please correct me or confirm this? I am not at home with my manuals. Sorry. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile, My Gallery Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
You are correct, JRP. A sensor on the "slaved" SB-26, and not the camera's TTL meter, controls its own flash output. Setting it on "Delay" is recommended so as not to fool the on-board main flash which is by default on TTL. Photographers probably found this feature not too useful and so it was omitted on the SB-28 (just an opinion).
>The SB-26 can be used as >a slave, in the sense >that it can be triggered >with another flash, however I >don´t believe this would be >TTL, most likely the SB-26 >will have to be controlled >manually.
Just right! SB-26 is fired with other flash! It will fire same time if set to 'S' and after other flash if set to 'D'. When slave mode it works in mode 'A' w/o connection to camera. --> you must set right ISO and Aperature settings to flash before use.
Go with a used SB-26 if you want to save some cash. I own the SB-26 and from what I recall and may be incorrect on this, the idea of the SB-28 was to give a slight increase in number of flashes per battery set and maybe a reduction in size of the actual unit thus the dissapearance of the slave.
I know at the time of release of the SB-28 I required a second camera mounted flash for a couple of months and considered buying a new unit but I didn't consider the SB-28 worthwhile. I ended up borrowing a second SB-26 for my needs.
The gun I own I've had since 1994 and its had extensive use and worked flawlessly. The only problem I may run into is the locking thread on the SB-26 base is starting to wear from repetitive use. Now sticking slightly in one spot. It may be starting to strip it's thread. This would be just as likely to occur on the SB-28.