Tue 20-Oct-09 11:57 AM | edited Tue 20-Oct-09 11:58 AM by gkaiseril
Welcome to Nikonians,
Non-TTL Flashes will be used in the "Manual" flash mode. You will need to compute the fstop using the Guide Number, GN, ISO, and distance. After that you may need to make some adjustments. I think you will find the Nikon CLS SB-600/900 well worth the cost because of the added TTL-BL and wireless features.
You might want to look at the Speedlights forum for more information about using Non-TTL flashes and the Nikon CLS system.
Welcome to Nikonians! The SB-50DX has three control modes: 1. Film TTL 2. Digital or D-TTL 3. Manual flash mode. Film TTL flash control and D-TTL are comletely different systems than the current i-TTL flash control system used an all current Nikon DSLR's including the D3000 and D5000. The systems are not compatible what-so-ever. As George said you will be able to use the SB-50DX in Manual flash mode with your D3000 set in Manual exposure mode. You will have to Manually set the appropriate Shutter Speed, ISO, and Aperture on the camera based on the flash to subject distance using the calculator built into the SB-50DX to set the Aperture on the camera.
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If you are an expierienced SLR user with prior Manual flash expierience and Manual exposure expirience you should be ok. If you are new to SLR's or DSLR's and using the Vari-Program (Pictogram) modes or Auto mode I stongly recommend getting an SB-600 Speedlight if the built in Speedlight can't do the job for you. You will be very frustrated using Manual flash and Manual exposure mode. Using Manual flash mode before you have mastered Manual exposure mode is like being a non-swimmer and jumping in the deep end of the pool. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Good choice. Some of the other older film or dTTL flashes have an A mode, and that works pretty well for many circumstances. Unfortunately the SB-50DX doesn't even have that - which is one reason it's so inexpensive on the used market. But an iTTL flash really is a lot better.
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You will be very happy with the SB-600. i-TTL flash control is like Magic compared to using Manual flash control that I learned with mechanical cameras with a choice of Manual exposure mode or nothing. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
So sorry for bumping old posts, but this is the exact topic that I'm curious about! I also have the D3000 and while I adore natural light photography, I'm feeling the urge to grow a bit more and learn flashes. I learned the hard way with lenses and what will and what will not work with my camera, so I'm hoping to skip all of the trial and error and just invest in something that WILL work. this is what I am really interested in, but I'm not certain that I'll be able to use it. I know that this is usually as simple as reading the manual a bit, but alas, mine has been torn to shreds (thank you, 3 year old!) and I don't have access to one any more...
Tue 23-Aug-11 03:43 AM | edited Tue 23-Aug-11 03:45 AM by MEMcD
Welcome to Nikonians! Here is a link to the pdf version of the D3000 Users Manual The LED light that you provided a link to is for shooting video. Speedlights like the SB-700 and the discontinued SB-600 are better options for still photography. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!