"Nikon F60 (N60) & SB-28 - too little features to go along!"
Hello Nikonians, Today I'm thrilled to own a brand new SB-28 to go with my F3, F801 (N8008) and F60 (N60).
After reading the manual, it seems that the SB-28 has only few capabilities to go with the F60. I was a bit disappointed but never mind. The power it has justifies the price paid anyway, plus the bounce and swivel .
One big annoyance is that I may have to set the aperture setting manually on the SB-28 instead of letting it calculate automatically while using 'Program' mode on the F60. I'm still in the process of digesting the manual but initial understanding of the manual says as the above. Is it true?
Or can somebody cheer me up a bit by confirming that the SB-28 can be just as simple to use as the built-in speedlight. I just spent money equivalent to another brand new F60 or F65 (N60/ N65)body
#1. "RE: Nikon F60 (N60) & SB-28 - too little features to go along!" In response to Reply # 0
With TTL flash, the camera's brain measures the light hitting the film, and turns off the flash. You don't need to set anything on the flash, other than the mode selector. The only reason you would need to enter the information is if you want to be able to see the correct distance range on the LCD of the flash. But many inexperienced flash users ignore this info even if the camera communicates it to the flash (N80). Especially if shooting with the flash in manual mode, you will want to enter the ISO and Fstop, so that you can know what aperture to set, or what power level. Oh, yes, and the N60 won't control the zoom head, so you will want to keep an eye on that depending on the focal length you are using. ---scott
#2. "RE: Nikon F60 (N60) & SB-28 - too little features to go along!" In response to Reply # 1
Hi Scott, thanks for your assuarance. That is exactly what I was hoping the F60- SB-28 combo is able to do. I'm trying out my first roll of film with the flash and will try out all the modes available as well as let it do the calculations itself on 'Program' mode. I'm new to bounce flash and that is one area I want to experiment with too. I'm sure to see better flash picture this time, unlike my SB-12 on the F3 which produces strong shadows. But then the SB-12 is over 18 years old and still going strong. I wonder if the SB-28 will last just as long, or longer
As you mentioned, there is no autozoom function with the F60, as well as rear-curtain and (as the manual says) no red-eye control. But the F60 can control red-eye with its own little flash. Oh well, I guess I may want to upgrade to a 'Category 1' Nikon soon to be able to utilize the SB-28 to the maximum. I think Nikon segmentizes its cameras too much, which in the end confuses users. Even the instructon manual is confusing.