can I use old Nikon flash with new D70?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Scott Speck, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Scott Speck

    Scott Speck Guest

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm wondering if anyone out there knows if I can use the Nikon speedlight
    flash (that I bought with my old Nikon AF-2020 back in the late 80's) with a
    new Nikon D70 camera? I'm looking at a D70, and I'm trying to figure out
    what accessories I could use from my old film-camera outfit with the new
    D70. I have a 70-200mm Nikkor zoom lens, and a 35-70mm Nikkor zoom lens,
    both of them usable with the AF-2020 (in autofocus mode). I do NOT yet have
    a micro lens, and my wife enjoys doing closeups of flowers, insects, leaves,
    etc. Any ideas on a good micro lens for the D70? Any thoughts you would
    have on which of my old accessories (mentioned above) that would or would
    not work with the D70 would be greatly appreciated. Please send any and all
    replies to .

    Thanks very much for any replies,
    Scott Speck
    Scott Speck, Mar 6, 2005
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    It's free even though they would like for you to join...

    I think for the most part (but I could be wrong) that it will fire, but you
    won't get some features like iTTL Balance Fill. I think I saw some issues
    with power too. I'll look back at that site and see if I can refresh my
    memory about it all...

    I just bought the 105mm Micro for my D70 and love it. I need to learn some
    technique about it though. While out shooting bugs I found that it tends to
    hunt when it looses focus. It was suggested at nikonians that I keep it in
    manual and move the camera instead of the focal length if I can and
    depending on the subject. Obviously this would be extremely difficult on
    moving subjects like dragonflies and bees...
    Alan K. Martinez, Mar 6, 2005
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    rwesurfn Guest

    It is possible that your old flash will work, but most functions on it will
    not. You are better off getting a SB-600 or SB-800. Either one has remote
    flash capability. your lenses will most likely be useable, I can use most of
    my old lenses with mine. I just bought a tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, it
    gets very good reviews and I am impressed with it also. the nikkor 105 or
    60mm are also good choices.
    I have been buying lenses used from and would recommend them highly
    to anyone
    rwesurfn, Mar 7, 2005
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    bmoag Guest

    Any Nikon AF lens will will work on the D70.
    Older Nikon hot shoe flashes will work but even if they are Nikon TTL
    flashes auto exposure is not always reliable at base settings and
    experimentation/bracketing will be required. If you need an add-on flash the
    cost of the SB600 is well worth its ease of use.

    Unless you need the D70 short term think about waiting for Nikon's next
    generation dSLR. As an owner of a D70 all I can say is I wish I had waited.
    I could not justify switching to the Canon D20, which has a superior imaging
    system to the D70/D100, because of a shelf full of Nikon lenses.
    bmoag, Mar 7, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    You will not get TTL metering with the old flash. Best bet is to dump it and
    get the new SB-600 or SB-800. No, really, just get the SB-800. This is a
    great flash. I am continually amazed by new things I can do with it.

    The AF lenses will work. The 35 mm lens will give you about the same field
    of view as a 50 mm lens did before, so you are going to need a new wide
    angle lens. I recommend getting at least a 14 mm lens, but the 10.5 mm DX
    fish-eye is a lot of fun to work with. Plus, you can convert its images back
    to wide angle with Nikon Capture.

    I have the 60 mm Nikkor micro lens for my D70. It works well, but I wish I
    had the 105 mm micro instead. I thought that with the 60 mm lens that the
    digital crop factor would keep me a reasonable distance from the subject. It
    does not.
    C J Campbell, Mar 7, 2005
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    retoohs Guest

    not on my mates they don't. He has several Nikon AF lenses that don't
    work on his D70. Different to my Minolta 7D where every lens I have
    works great and all have VR (AS as Minolta call it)now

    retoohs, Mar 11, 2005
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