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DWalley Dec 15, 2003 11:36 PM

Nikon - SB-50DX Autofocus Speedlight Flash on a D100???
Any Idea if this flash will fully function on a D100? If not what is my option?


Klaus DK Dec 16, 2003 9:43 AM

You are now able to get the SB-80DX for a good price as Nikon is comming up with a new powerful flash SB-800DX. (!)

the SB-50 is not a good buy for D100. It's not powerful enough IMO.

Red Jan 17, 2004 11:18 PM

The SB 50DX is compatible and TTL with the D100. When in the bounce positon, set to manual, it will also fire with the on-board flash, making it even more powerful.

cowboy43 Jan 20, 2004 9:45 PM

How do you get the on board flash lid to open with the Flash on the Shoe. Is the 50 different from the 80?

Red Jan 21, 2004 9:47 PM

The 50DX is raised up so the on-board flash can pop up and fit underneath it.

aoz Jan 21, 2004 10:15 PM

please see my post re: the 4500, and the sb-50dx. I do NOT know if hte D100 operates the same as the Coolpix 4500, but investigate the wake-up function to see if it operates more flexibly than the 4500 scenario.

marokero Jan 22, 2004 7:45 PM

The SB-50 will work properly with the D100, but it's underpowered, and does not have the same zoom capability (24-50mm vs. 24-105mm) compared to the SB-80. If using the internal flash in conjunction with the external unit is of concern the SB-50 does have the raised foot. The SB-50 can't pan its flash head around like the SB-80, but can tilt down 18 degrees for macros (SB-80 can tilt only 5 degrees I believe). All things said, the SB-80 costs more, or at least used to, and it's been replaced by the SB-800. Another option is the Metz 54MZ-4, which is slightly more powerful than the SB-80 (it's virtually identical to the 54MZ-3 which doesn't work with Nikon digital SLR's), and its light output is a bit more constant than the SB-80 from shot to shot (given same subject, same distance). A bit more expensive than the current SB-800 though.

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