I've already mentioned in another post that someone gave me an old SB-15 Speedlight. It is a TTL flash so it works fairly automaticall on the N80. However, in TTL mode, the ISO rating is from 25 to 400. When this flash was made apparently the FG was the only body that could take advantage of the TTL feature. My question is: is there something inherent in the flash unit that makes using 800 speed film a problem or is this dependant on the camera itself? It will work fine in its automatic and Manual modes with higher than 400 film, just not in TTL.
Does anyone know what happens when higher than recommended speed film is used when I use this flash with the N80...how about an FG?
#1. "RE: Another stupid flash question" In response to Reply # 0
The SB-15 came to market in 1982, so you are right, it was probably made for the FM2 and/or the FG. The then revolutionary feature of the FG (only) was TTL flash, made available one year later in the FE2 too. It should work well with higher speeds, if you can set them on the flash. 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
#2. "RE: Another stupid flash question" In response to Reply # 0
Maybe it was the camera that had the limitation. If it really is a limitation of the flash, 800ISO TTL flash pictures would be overexposed, since the flash wouldn't shut down quick enough. At 800, better test it with negative film and a CD rather than slide film.
#3. "RE: Another stupid flash question" In response to Reply # 2
I suspect it must be a camera issue. The SB-15 manual says the top and bottom LEDs in the FG will flash if the flash unit is set at 800 ISO. I get no warning of any sort with the N80. I'm going to run some tests. The SB-15 does have a setting for 800 and will work in manual mode or its own Auto mode which uses a single on-flash sensor.
Currently I'm pleased with this unit. I took some Macro pictures (slides even) this summer that turned out okay using this flash. I'll post them if I get a chance.
I'm slowly figuring this stuff out, but flash work still seems like voodoo to me.