Hi fellow digital Nikonians
I use a D1X (although I still have an F5 which looks very attractive sitting on a shelf gathering dust!).
I am a keen macro photographer and used to use my SB29 macro flash with my F5 extensively. I am baffled why Nikon have built the D1X in such a way that it is not compatible with most of their flashguns except in manual mode (other than the ones released sprecifically for the job - the SB28DX and SB50DX etc).
I am forced to use the SB29 in 1/4 power manual mode which means I lose all benfits you would expect with TTL 3D matric metering.
Any thopughts or suggestions anyone
Barrie Harwood :'(
#1. "RE: SB29 Flash compatability" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberSun 31-Mar-02 02:33 PM
I believe the problem is down to a difference in how the TTL modes work. The film cameras measure the exposure from the light reflected back off the film, while the D1 cameras use the pre-flash from the DX series units reflected off the shutter curtains immediately before the actual exposure is made.
I presume this rules out the older flashes because they can't issue the required pre-flash. Incidentally, this is why you can't use the SU-4 wireless slave with the D1 series: the pre-flash triggers it.
You should be able to use the non-DX flashes in 'A' mode where the sensor on the front of the flash controls the exposure.
#2. "RE: SB29 Flash compatability" | In response to Reply # 1