Nikon SB24 with digital SLRs?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Tim, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Does anyone have any experience using an SB24 with newer digital SLRs
    such as the D50, D70, or D200? I would mostly be using it on automatic
    within shutter and aperture priority. Would there be any loss of

    Tim, Jun 20, 2006
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  2. Tim

    [BnH] Guest

    Only M(anual) mode is usable.
    [BnH], Jun 20, 2006
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  3. You will of course not be able to use the OTF TTL modes (since there
    is no film), but "Auto", as you say, will work fine.

    Also: 2nd curtain sync, strobe and slow sync will work fine.

    FP high speed sync will not work.

    Not sure about AF-assist and automatic zoom head. They work on
    D1/D2/D100, and probably D200, but I have a hunch that they will
    not work on D50 and D70.
    Gisle Hannemyr, Jun 20, 2006
  4. Tim

    pltrgyst Guest

    Wrong. Auto mode works properly.

    -- Larry
    pltrgyst, Jun 20, 2006
  5. Tim

    Jim Guest

    Doesn't the manual for the each of the cameras cover this issue quite
    thoroughly? I know that the D70 manual describes in great detail what you
    can and cannot do with an SB27.
    Jim, Jun 20, 2006
  6. Tim

    ttdaomd Guest

    I don`t remember all the losses but when I got my D50, the next thing I
    did was get the SB800. You can use the SB24 on "auto" flash, ie, you
    set the aperture and the SB24`s sensor will set the flash level after.
    No TTL possible, and that was the downer. Of course, you can`t do the
    wireless flash thing. I don`t remember about the head auto-zooming.

    ttdaomd, Jun 20, 2006
  7. Tim

    Toby Guest

    The auto zoom head does not seem to work on mine with a D200. Auto mode
    works fine.

    Toby, Jun 20, 2006
  8. Tim

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    I can testify that the zoom tracking on an SB-28 does not work
    on the D70, so presumably it will also not work with an SB-24, or on a
    D50 or a D70s.

    Nor does the autofocus assist -- but I'm not at all sure that it
    offers much more illumination than what is built into the D70's body

    DoN. Nichols, Jun 21, 2006
  9. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I know that the flash is old but it doesn't seem unreasonable to expect
    these features to work with the newer bodies. It just adds one more
    expense if I move to a digital body. But since the SB24 doesn't work
    fully with the digital bodies, it also means one less thing tying me to
    Nikon (and opening the door to Canon). Ten years ago we didn't have
    older equipment getting stranded by new bodies.
    Tim, Jun 21, 2006
  10. Tim

    carl Guest

    if the cost of a flash is enough to make you switch systems, you must not
    have much of an investment in other components. i would pick the system i
    liked best because canon has certainly stranded a few parts along the way...
    carl, Jun 21, 2006
  11. Before you embrace Canon, just note that Canon is an expert in
    obsoleting old equipment.

    In the flash department, all dedicated Canon speedlites made prior to
    the introduction of E-TTL is usable i "M"-mode only. Older Nikon
    speedlights works fine in "auto" mode with new DSLRs - which is in my
    opinion just as good as E-TTL/iTTL for most usages.

    And while Nikon has made an reasonable effort to retain the
    functionality of older MF lenses on newer bodies, Canon abandoned the
    FD-mount completely in 1989, and even made sure that it was difficult
    to use the older FD lenses via an adapter by selecting a longer
    register distance for the new EF mount.

    Recently Canon has introduced yet another twist by making the new EF-S
    mount incompatible with the D30, D60 and 10D bodies. This makes no
    sense (the Sigma EF-mount 10-22mm demonstrates that short-focusing
    is not required to make wide-angles for APS-C sensor sizes), but is
    of course a strong incentive for the owners of those bodies to replace
    their camera with something that has an EF-S mount.
    Gisle Hannemyr, Jun 21, 2006
  12. Tim

    Wayne Guest


    Certainly we did... when you and I bought our SB-24 (actually it was 20+
    years ago), we bought it only because our older flashes did not work with
    the new camera TTL mode. The SB-24 was required to work with the new
    cameras in the mid 1980s.

    Todays digital cameras don't work with that old film TTL mode. CCD and
    film cameras are very different, so the new Nikons have their own iTTL
    mode, and the only flashes that work with them are the SB-600 or SB-800.

    I tried my old SB-24 in Auto mode with my new D70S, which does work in
    Auto mode, but it only took a few seconds to realize why I liked TTL mode
    so much better than Auto. Plan on adding a new flash today. If you will
    ever do anything halfway fancy with it, I would recommend the SB-800 over
    the SB-600.
    Wayne, Jun 21, 2006
  13. Tim

    ttdaomd Guest

    Small correction:

    "Along with the extremely compact electronic TTL capable AF SB-23,
    SB-24 was also introduced in 1988 to supplement the AF-Nikon F801
    (N8008 in US)."

    If you are going to get the SB800, I would get the D70s instead of the
    D50 since you can do more with its built-in commander mode for wireless

    ttdaomd, Jun 21, 2006
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