According to www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html the SB-16 has a sync voltage of 4.4V so it is safe to use on your D7000. Keep in mind that you must use A (Non-TTL) Auto flash control or Manual flash control with the camera set in Manual ISO and Manual exposure mode for the most consistant results.
After I posted this thread I telephoned the camera store that sold me my D7000. They informed me that it was not safe to use. He named a more current film speedlight that is safe. I believe he said an SB-24.
Thanks for the info. I will bookmark it for future reference.
The SB-24 like every Nikon Speedlight made in the last 30 plus years is safe to use on your D7000 or any other Nikon DSLR.
Keep in mind that the SB-24 can only be used in AA (Non-TTL) Auto flash control mode and Manual flash control mode when mounted on your D7000 or any other Nikon DSLR. Again for the most consistant results the camera should be in Manual ISO and Manual exposure mode.
Film TTL flash control, D-TTL flash control, and i-TTL flash control are different and not compatible with each other. The SB-600 and SB-800 are i-TTL Speedlights that are backwards compatible with both D-TTL and Film TTL flash control. The SB-__DX Speedlights support both D-TTL and film-TTL flash control. The D1 and D2 series bodies support i-TTL flash control and are backwards compatible to D-TTL flash control. None of the current bodies or Speedlights are backwards compatible.
>This old flash was left over from my film days. I was worried >about electrical problems if used on my D7000. Can I safely >use it?
According to the my D7000 manual, page 278, if your SB-16 is a "B" model, it should work fine. However, only in non-TTL auto, manual and REAR curtain modes. Also, REAR curtain needs to be set in the camera.
I use my old SB-28 with my D7K and it works pretty well... with the same limitations.
However, if you have any doubts, I would check with Nikon before attaching the flash to your camera.
Sat 27-Apr-13 10:44 PM | edited Sat 27-Apr-13 10:44 PM by aolander
The SB-16A/B are the same flash. The A has the base/foot that fits the F3 (film camera) hotshoe. The B has the regular foot. The D300 manual lists the SB-16B as a useable flash. Shouldn't be any different than the D7000. The camera store was just trying to sell you a flash.
Sat 27-Apr-13 11:17 PM | edited Sat 27-Apr-13 11:18 PM by Bravozulu
Understood on the various models. My unit would require that little shoe adaptor that straddles the rewind knob of a Nikon film body.
About the salesman. He sold me most of my gear. And knows I already have 3 SB units for my D7000. He sold me two of them. I prefaced my question by telling him it was going on eBay and I didn't want to mislead the buyer.
Aside from that, I am the 'connection' for this guy with Cuban cigars. I get them legally from Switzerland, and always bring a few samples to him. He must get real tired talking about cameras, but his eyes tear up when discussing good Cubans. Seriously.
Yes I have used my SB16 many times, often as a 'driver' to fire off other non-compatible units via optical flash controllers. All of this kit was 'left over from film days', along with a collection of bodies and lenses, (and too much other stuff to remember!) Richard
>Understood on the various models. My unit would require that >little shoe adaptor that straddles the rewind knob of a Nikon >film body. >
That little shoe adapter is what allows the flash to fire. It contains the flash contacts. The F, F2 and F3 have their flash contacts at the base of the rewind knob. DSLR cameras have their flash contacts in the accessory shoe. You would be best to forget about using your SB16. It won't work. Get a flash designed for the shoe.