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newbi101 May 12, 2011 11:03 AM

Are nikon speed lites compatible with canon
Does anyone know if the nikon SB-400 can be used with a Canon Rebel XS?
The reason i want the SB-400 is becasue it is much smaller and less expensive than the smallest canon flash (EX-220) and for how much i will be using it and the amount of flash i will need i just think that the SB-400 would be more than enough and that the EX-220 looks like overkill.

Can anyone tell if they are compatible or offer an alternative that i may not be aware of?

Thanks in advance

peterbj7 May 12, 2011 11:18 AM

I believe not. But there are third party flashes that will work with your XS - I use Nissin and am very pleased with them, and there are several others. My Nissin are dedicated to Canon and effectively perform as if they are Canon. By the same token, a Nissin dedicated to canon won't work on Nikon.

I daresay all of these flashes will work on most cameras in strictly manual mode, but even there I'm not sure.

Theobold Jun 2, 2011 11:06 AM

There is no confusion in it that nikon speed lites are compatible with canon.
We should not hesitate to do this..

VTphotog Jun 2, 2011 5:18 PM

There are a number of aftermarket flashes which will work with your camera, but the Nikon units are not among them. Try doing a search through B&H Photo, or Adorama, for shoe mounted flashes that are compatible. You should find something suitable for both size and your price range.


peterbj7 Jun 2, 2011 8:45 PM

Back in fl\m days I had 3rd party flashes that worked (ETTL) with several different manufacturer's cameras. I only ever used them in Canon mode, but they were switchable to Nikon and some other brands. Are there any like that nowadays?

shoturtle Jun 2, 2011 8:53 PM

you might be able to trigger the flash, I am not sure. But you will not have any of the ttl functions.

peterbj7 Jun 3, 2011 12:15 PM

Why not? As I said, these versatile flashes WERE available years back.

shoturtle Jun 3, 2011 3:08 PM

TTL is dedicated for each system. They are not the same. So ittl from nikon will not work with ettl form canon.

peterbj7 Jun 3, 2011 8:41 PM

No I know they're not. But if in the past it was possible for a single unit to be switched from Canon TTL to Nikon TTL (as most certainly was the case) why isn't it possible any longer?

shoturtle Jun 3, 2011 8:43 PM

the ttl got more advance and less basic having different codec and stuff. Those day with simple ttl were almost 20 years ago. TTL has gone a very long way.

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