Flash with Nikon N65: Recycling and Shutter Release Lock

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Larry R Harrison Jr, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. I have a Nikon N65. As I've said many times before--almost as if I'm
    apologizing for choosing a N65, and I'm not (just acknowledging how
    great the N80 is)--I love and covet the N80 but went ahead with the
    N65 (a not half-bad camera frankly) because it was on clearance and I
    got it for like $70 off--$230 instead of $300, with the lens.


    As of late my main usage for it--if not the artiest--is taking photos
    of my son that look decent. They're inside photos. The cheap point &
    shoot rangefinders do a HORRIBLE job (gee, that's a surprise). Just
    yesterday I had a situation where it was difficult to get him to
    smile, but at one point he did, a very lovely smile. I took pictures
    as rapidly as I could. Having not yet purchased a Nikon SB50DX (or
    Sunpak PZ5000AF) yet, I used the built-in flash. Every photo came out

    It didn't occur to me so much at that time, but a very crucial issue
    saw to my being able to take some 5 photos within a 15 second or less
    time frame--quick recycling of the flash. Apparently that little flash
    has some lightning-flash recycling time. (The CR2 lithium batteries
    were on like the 4th roll at the time.) In the past, I would use a
    Vivitar 283 flash and it would--with me anyway--regular take 5-10
    seconds between shots. I do recall in the past a Vivitar 3500 flash
    having quick recycling times between shots--if not with regards to
    recycling initially, but not the 283.

    In short, recycling time has always been an issue in the past, and I
    wonder about it now.

    Like I said, my built-in flash apparently was recycling very quickly
    in order for me to take something like 5 photos in a 10-15 second
    period. So, two questions.

    One, how does one deal with this issue? I anticipate a different
    scenario when I use the Nikon SB50DX or Sunpak PZ5000AF full-sized
    flashes. What are your guys' (and girls') experiences with this
    issues--either in general or with this camera/flash specifically?

    Also, apparently with the built-in flash the shutter locks if the
    flash isn't fully recharged. Would this also be the case with
    dedicated units like the SB50DX or Sunpak? Would it not lock-down if
    you used any of those flashes in manual mode, or if you use a
    non-dedicated unit like the Vivitar 283?

    Larry R Harrison Jr, Jul 11, 2003
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