It's small, compact, and lightweight. It has a definite plastic feeling about it, but for about $200US, what can you expect? The unit is made in China but the build quality seems quite acceptable.
One of the unique things about this speedlight is that it doesn't stand straight up like the SB-28 but rather perches at an angle, so even though the angle guide (click stops at -18, 0, 50, and 75 degrees) may say 0 degrees (relative to the incoming light path), the angle between the flash body and flash head is not 90 degrees (as in the SB-28).
>3. What camera are you using it with?
It's mounted on an F80 with MB-16 and a Tamron 28-200. It balances quite well with the large lens in front; with a 50mm f1.8 prime its a little "tippy".
Anyway, I've just been messing with the functions and haven't had a chance to shoot film yet. Anybody have any suggestions as to what tests I should perform to evaluate this flash?
No problem... I'll let you all know my experiences once I take it out and snap some shots this weekend with it, but so far I've been quite impressed with it, considering the price.
One point though: the battery door is pretty darn flimsy. Unlike the battery door on the bottom of the non-professional Nikon bodies (that take the CR123A / DL123 lithium batteries) that are hinged with two plastic tabs, the battery door for the SB-50DX uses a piece of BENT PLASTIC as its hinge, rather than something more lasting. Think plastic case for your set of cheapo drill bits... yuck!
Not sure if this is going to be a problem in the future, but if it proves to be a problem, hopefully Nikon will stand by their product. Maybe later revisions of the SB-50DX will fix this "problem"?
Since you're a fellow Canuck, I just want to let you know that you can go to Nikon.ca and request literature on Nikon products. I just had them send me one for Nikon lenses, F5, F100. The one for lenses is great because it lists all the avaible lenses in one brochure. I got the F5 and F100 brochures just to know what they're all about... no plans to buy one anytime soon... if ever.
A big correction, gang, or rather a big change. I said on my post above that Regency Camera had advertised the SB-50DX for $149.99, and I saved (and still have) the web page with that price on it. Well, that apparently was the price before they got the flash in stock, because today, just a few days later, the price is now $219.99. So much for honest dealers, but then I'm not sure that anybody has ever accused Regency of that trait.
Reminds me of the punchline of the joke about the retailer who told a customer about one of his competitors, "If I didn't have that item in stock either, I would also give you 50% off!"
>Well, that apparently was the price before they got >the flash in stock, because today, just a few days >later, the price is now $219.99.
Youch. That's kind of crazy because surely the dealers know the price of a unit from their distributors and they have the manufacturer's suggested retail price to go by, so they shouldn't have been off the mark by $70US.
I too have a whole wad of literature from Nikon Canada on products I have no money to buy! I think I have every SLR product guide for current Nikon models (except for the F60) and also have one for the F50, F-601, F70, F4, FM10, and the Pronea 600i.
If you're a die-hard Nikon fan, consider picking up the "Complete Nikon System: An Illustrated Equipment Guide" by Peter Braczko, published through Silver Pixel Press (of Magic Lantern fame).
It's a little out of date (published in March 2001 but probably "completed" a few months earlier) so it won't have the newest lenses and SB-50DX, but I think it does have the F80, or if not, at least the F100.
Yes, the SB-50DX will perform TTL auto flash wirelessly. The effective range of the SB-50DX's light sensor is 7m (23ft) in TTL auto mode and can be trigged by either another SB-50DX mounted on the camera or the camera's built-in speedlight.
In manual wireless mode, this range increases significantly to 40m (131ft) but the flash will fire at full power.
In either case, monitor pre-flashes must be disabled as they will cause improper exposure (misfirings of the slave units?).
I got my Sb-50DX about 10 days ago from Royal Photo in Montreal. Only used it twice so far and haven't seen the results yet. What I can say so far is that there seems to be very good data communication between it an my F65 and my G-series lenses. The LCD display on the 50DX tells the whole story. I think the smart thing in this setup is the possibility to combine my F65 speedlight with the 50DX. The F65 also detects what angle my 50Dx is at (ceiling reflection or direct) and adjusts accordingly. And I love the size and weight of the 50DX. cheers
I just purchased one from Sahara Camera in Las Vegas, Nv. They told me they just received their shipment and have 2-3 more in stock and the price was $199.00 US. These are US warranted units new in the box. I am using it on an N80 and F100. Really like the feature where you can difuse the the pop up flash and have the SB 50 for the main unit. It puts out more light than I originally thought and it is light weight. I have been using in TTL with matrix balanced fill and have not had an opportunity to utilize all of its functions.
#16. "RE: Questions about the SB-50DX?" | In response to Reply # 0
Tue 14-Aug-01 10:52 PM
Just got back my first 3 rolls. Came out real good considering I didnt even get to look at the manual. I used it mostly off camera as a wireless slave,, very cool feature. Who cares if you cant swivle it if you can wireless?