SB-20 & Vivitar 283 slave use
1. I have an SB20 speedlight, which I use with a Nikon 2020s. How well, if at all, will the SB20 work with the newer AF Nikons, i.e. N90s, N80, F4, etc. I'm considering buying a new body...
2. Can you use the venerable Vivitar 283 as a slave unit with a camera-mounted SB20? Can you do likewise with a SB26? SB28? If so, any tips and/or tricks?
ok, three questions...
3. Can I use my SB20 off-camera with a cord to the 2020s? If so, what type of cord do I use.
Thanks for indulging my curiousity.
#1. "RE: SB-20 & Vivitar 283 slave use" | In response to Reply # 0jnscbl Basic MemberTue 04-Dec-01 04:24 AM
1. Multi-sensor balanced fill flash, except in manual exposure mode or with spot meter, which will be standard TTL. (p.86, N80 manual)
2. You can use just about any flash as the slave. All you need is a slave trigger. Typically, the camera is in Aperture Priority, and the on-camera flash is set to TTL. The slave is positioned so that it is not pointing directly at the camera. It is usually set to Manual, with the distance and/or power that will give a one-stop underexposure. For example, camera set to f5.6, and the slave flash situated in such a way that it would require f4 for the correct exposure. This provides a nice lighting ratio, and is also recommended to keep the TTL flash from shutting down to soon, thus causing underexposure overall.
3. The one and only off-camera TTL cord is the Nikon SC-17. The chart in the manual is a little hard to interpret here, but I think this will give you standard TTL only.
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