Using Olympus FL-50 Flash with Nikon Cameras
I have an F501 and have just purchased a used F80D for my son. I also have a digital OLY C-5060WZ together with its associated FL-50 flash. I had been using a Vivitar 728AF/Ni with my F501 but unfortunately the Vivitar has just died.
Has anyone here used the FL-50 (has a GN of 164ft/50m at ISO 100) with their Nikons, especially F501 or F80? Is there any danger of damaging the camera? My search on the web has not found anything useful.
I guess TTL will not work but if it is safe, I should want to use it on manual mode.
Any info or guidance will be much appreciated.
#1. "RE: Using Olympus FL-50 Flash with Nikon Cameras" | In response to Reply # 0JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Mon 03-May-04 04:59 PM
You got a real stumper going here. But the answers should be right there on the equipment.
TTL...right it probably won't work due to difering pin placement and communication protocols twixt nikon body and OLY flash.
If the flash has an Auto mode (meaning does it have a sensor on the flash that can meter the light output and quench at a selected light value) then you can easily use that mode. If not does the flash have a Manual Mode (meaning selection of power output...full,1/4,1/8,etc) so you could do all the computations yourself and select the appropriate light output.
As far as damage you have a mess since while the basic functions are probably safe (since most current flashes are 6volts and under trigger voltage's) but the TTL contacts and circuits should be checked to see if they overlap or short each other out when fitted into the shoe. You can side step that by using a standard PC cord or slave to isolate the body from the flash.
#2. "RE: Using Olympus FL-50 Flash with Nikon Cameras" | In response to Reply # 1Sree_G Registered since 30th Apr 2004Tue 04-May-04 04:38 AM
The flash has Auto mode as well as Manual mode. In addition to the flash trigger contact, two other minor contacts on the flash are in-line with the Nikon camera's. I think I will use some home-made strip to isolate these two contact points as the two systems may not be equivalent in terms of usage, as you have pointed out.
Some searching reveals that the FL-40 (the FL-50's predecessor) has a sync (trigger) voltage of 4.8V so I would think it wil be similar in the FL-50.
I plan to try this out sometime this week when I have the time to do so. Meanwhile I am reading through the flash manual. If anyone has any additional inputs it will be most welcome.