KEH had this big guy for a good price. My D300 is no longer accurate with TTL flash, so that gives me a good excuse to play around with the pre-iTTL speedlights, and I've always wanted the SB-16. Just didn't realize how big it was!! It tips the scale at 520 grams with batteries, dwarfs the SB-80DX and SB-800. The trigger voltage is a safe 4.7v. The only thing I don't like is the non TTL auto aperture settings. At the D300's lowest ISO, 100, the choices are f/4 and f/8(my Pentax AF280 is the same). Many flashes let you shoot at 2.8 at ISO 100. The SB-80DX allows f/2 the largest f stop at 100 ISO. My favorite feature is the second wink light that helps provide fill when bouncing. And puts catchlights in their eyes without the bounce card. And it supports TTL with most compatible film cameras.
I remember that flash -- I used one happily for several years, til it threw itself down a flight of concrete stairs (my fault -- not the flash) and was replaced by an SB-24. I don't remember much about the -16, but I guess it was pretty good, judging from my shots of that era...
Thu 27-Sep-12 12:43 AM | edited Thu 27-Sep-12 12:46 AM by LightMeter
>I remember that flash -- I used one happily for several >years, til it threw itself down a flight of concrete stairs >(my fault -- not the flash) and was replaced by an SB-24. I >don't remember much about the -16, but I guess it was pretty >good, judging from my shots of that era... >
Did you shove it down the stairs for an excuse to upgrade to the SB24
D7100 D300, F4e, N90s, N6006, N2000, N6000, D40, N5005, black F2 eye level, chrome F2AS, black Nikomat FTN
Non Nikons: Pentax 645, Pentax ME Super, Pentax Spotmatic II, Minoltas SRT 102, SRT 202, Maxxums 7000 and 7000i, Praktica LB, Kiev 4 rangefinder, Canons TX, A1, FT QL, EF, EOS 630
Well, I'm not sure I remember all the details, LOL. But I surely did love that -24! It was a revelation. Of course, a couple of years later I left it in the Press bus at an event and so lost it, and had to go out and get an SB-28.
I've never thought about it before, but there does seem to be a pattern here...