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garyd Oct 10, 2004 10:30 AM

I have just been bought a Canon EOS 300D digital SLR as a surprise birthday gift. Lucky me!! Whilst I have been somewhat dissapointed with the Nikon Coolpix 5000 that I already own, I have been very pleased with the Speedlight SB50-DX flash unit . I would like to use it with the Canonbut they clearly have different hotshoe configurationsand I am wondering if anyone knows of a converter.

Mikefellh Oct 10, 2004 1:28 PM

Assuming they are both TTL flashes, it's not just the case of an adapter, but also the TTL languages that are spoken. You could probably use the flash in auto mode but then you wouldn't get the automatic features.

Personally, I'd go to a good camera store that is willing to take in trade your flash (and camera since you don't like it) for a good price and get you the proper Canon flash. Oct 11, 2004 12:30 PM

You will probably not have success using a Nikon Flash on a Canon Body. They use different type ofE-TTL I thinkNikon uses S-TTL (or something).

There are three Canon flashes and a highly recommended third.
  1. The top choice is the new Canon 580EX. (expensive)[/*]
  2. The status quo is the older Canon 550EX (both can do full manual and are masters)[/*]
  3. The Canon 420EX is a good simple auto only flash. (Is a wireless slave to 550EX or 580EX)[/*]
  4. The most common alternative Flash is the Sigma 500 DG Super. (can be a master or a slave and is relatively inexpensive.)
Knowing what I know now about Canon Digital SLR's I would save my money and get the 580EX when it become available. On Camera Flashes are very important because they work with your Camers 7 point autofocusing and they assist in helping your camera focus in low light.

JimC Oct 11, 2004 1:36 PM

I think you'd be wasting your time... even if you could find a hot shoe adapter.

From what I've been able to find out, the SB-50DX flash does not have a non-TTL Auto Mode, and Manual is going to work at full power.

It's too bad you don't have the Nikon SB800 instead.

See the article in this thread for details, where the testers claimed it outperformed the Canon 550EX by a wide margin on the EOS-10D:

steve Oct 11, 2004 1:48 PM

It could even do damage as the pins and electrical signals are not the same, I would not recommend even mounting it on the DRebel.

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