Using an SB24 Flash with Nikon D50

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by John Miller, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. John Miller

    John Miller Guest

    Hi... I am looking at a new Nikon D50 or D70s and I am curious: what
    will happen if I try to use an older SB24 Flash with the camera? Will
    it work at all, or is it a must to upgrade that to a new flash like the
    SB600 or 800?

    Thanks for your help, John.
    John Miller, Aug 1, 2005
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  2. John Miller

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    You already got a couple of answers to the identical copy of
    this you posted on the 30th of July.

    You *won't* get e-mail answers -- you need to read the

    My apologies if your news server isn't carrying the newsgroup,
    so you aren't seeing *any* of the answers, or if your news server has
    such a short expire time that the answers have allready been expired
    before you get back to the newsgroup.

    The basic answer is that it will work in manual or "auto" mode,
    but not with the fancy ttl metering where the camera tells the flash
    everything that it needs to use. I presume that it would work on older
    film cameras, like the Nikon N90s, but because the sensor's reflectance
    is *very* different from that of film, the technique in the N90s
    (metering light bounced off the film during exposure) won't work, so the
    SB-600 and SB-800 flashes do a pre-exposure "metering" flash, and
    determine how much light reaches the camera from the flash (in different
    zones of the image), and adjusts the flash output accordingly.

    So -- if you're willing to take test shots in a carefully set up
    shot, the S-24 will do for you. If you want to take candid shots (and
    are willing to live with the flash betraying that you're shooting), you
    will probably want the SB-600 or SB-800.

    DoN. Nichols, Aug 2, 2005
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