I have a feeling that you are going to think this is a dumb question, but what will happen (in plain english) if I strap my old SB-16 onto my D100. I bought the SB-16 years ago with my F4. I still have and use the F4, so I still have the flash. Despite the 16 not being the most advanced flash out there, it has worked for me quite well over the years. I'd like to use it with my D100 rather than sinking $300-$400 more dollars on my D100. I the next couple months I'm sure I'll buy an 80dx, but it's not in the budget right now.
Is there a difference between DTTL and TTL? Will the flash work the same way with the D100 that it does on the F4?
#1. "RE: D100 & Speedlight" | In response to Reply # 0wpgf100 Basic MemberThu 06-Feb-03 03:15 AM
Bottom line is you need a DX type flash for the digital camera.
I asked a similar question a short time ago and go all the correct answers. DX for digital AND F/N series, but regular SB will not give you all the functions on the digital camera.
Stay tuned you will get all the answers shortly.
#3. "RE: D100 & Speedlight" | In response to Reply # 2slow_driver Basic MemberThu 06-Feb-03 04:08 AM
This question ruffles my feathers everytime I see it. It reminds my that Nikon is the only camera company which had to change the TTL system for Digital. Kodak, Fuji and Canon have all managed to get the existing TTL systems working just fine on their DSLRs...
OK, now that I've got that off my chest, the answer is that "D-TTL" is missing from your SB-16. This is a type of TTL where the required output is calculated entirely BEFORE the exposure. Pre-flashes are used (together with ambient light, subject distance etc) to determine what the actual output should be for the exposure. The system works well 98% of the time. Occaisionally I've had photos over-exposed because someone else's flash went off at the same time as mine.
HOWEVER, you can always use your SB-16 in auto mode. It's a bit limited because the SB-16 only gives you two auto modes, and you have to work with whatever appeture they indicate, rather than select your own. Still, I've found it quite workable in the D100-SB16 combination, which I use mostly when firing the SB80 in wireless mode.
BTW, in a way Nikon's forced upgrade to a DX flash is a good thing. That SB80DX is a killer flash; at times I like it more than my D100!
#4. "RE: D100 & Speedlight" | In response to Reply # 0
I have the SB-15. I use it with my D100 but not much since I got my SB80DX, which I highly recommend. I have used the SB15 in the auto mode, and it is quite acceptable, especially for fill flash. I also use it as a remote trigger for my SB80DX when I don't want the direct front light from the internal flash.