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Old Jul 15, 2002, 8:09 AM   #1
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Default Can I use Canon's Speedlite300TL with D100?

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I am expecting my Nikon D100 soon. I still have to buy lenses and my pocket is close to empty. For the time being, can I use my old Speedlite 300 TL (in manual mode) as completely manual flash with D100. That is just if for some reason I would not want to use the built-in flash. I don't do much flash work.


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Old Jul 20, 2002, 1:59 PM   #2
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I would (unofficially) say no. The D100 hot shoe is made for Nikon speedlights and has the dedicated contacts for TTL control. Your Canon speedlight also has dedicated contacts - for a Canon shoe, I wouldn't want to cross those up, they're not the same.

You can use a generic flash with just the center contact though.

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Old Jul 23, 2002, 10:44 PM   #3
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Thanks. Steve.

It is very nice of you to answer, since nobody else did. I never though about using a generic flash with a center contact only. I have a Sunpak that was very good in its days. So I can use this to bounce.

Thank you one more time.

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Old Aug 30, 2002, 2:54 PM   #4
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I would say "yes", but only in the manual mode, which you will need a flash meter to measure the flash exposure then set your shutter speed and aperture accordingly. It may work in the automatic mode as well if you know how to set the synchro speed and the aperture base on the value of the distance from the camera/flash to the subject on the flash. In both cases, it does not get benefits from the dedicated 3D multi sensor TTL flash mode which provided via the new dedicated Nikon speedlight(such as the SB-28DX or the 80DX), but you will get the correct exposure. The contacts which Steve refers to works with this dedicated functions, but all of the hot shoes will work with non-dedicated flashes, meaning when you attach any flash to your camera hot shoe, and you hit the shutter button, the flash will fire, now it's up to you of how to get the correct exposure, not your camera.

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