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Old Aug 6, 2006, 9:43 PM   #1
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I have an external flash "Nikon SB-15" from my old film camera.I was wandering if I can use this flash without damagingmy FZ30 Panasonic. Thanks for your help.
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Old Aug 7, 2006, 11:25 AM   #2
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The simple answer is no, Nikon flash units have dedicated electronic contacts for the flash shoe used on Nikon cameras. What you need is a generic auto flash like a Sunpak or other brand thatworks withflash shoes that have only a singleelectric contact.
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Old Aug 7, 2006, 4:41 PM   #3
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Also, be sure the flash unit trigger voltagedoes not exceed 24 volts. The FZ30 has a limit of 24 volts. Anything more andyou risk damaging the circuitry,....not agood thing.If your not sure of the trigger voltage of a particular flash, charge up the flash unit so it`s ready to strobe and use a simple volt meter set up like shown in the link below.

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Old Aug 7, 2006, 7:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for your adviseSteve andJohn. It seems that I have to purchase a new flash, most likely a Sunpack.

Thanks again.
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Old Aug 9, 2006, 11:09 AM   #5
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Hi,
My opinion is a bit different.:lol:
IMO, you could use your SB-15 on your camera since it's "safe" ; you should double check with a voltage measure as John's H advice.
If you mount the SB-15 on the camera hotshoe, mask the contact pins with a plastic sheet except the center contact.
You won't have TTL of course, but all other modes are functional (Manual, Auto, Motor drive)
The SB-15 is a nice flash and you don't have reason not to use it with your camera:-).
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Old Aug 9, 2006, 11:16 AM   #6
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FYI:

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Old Aug 9, 2006, 9:03 PM   #7
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Thank you KCan, I'll measure the voltage and if safe I'll try it. The SB-15 is a nice flash. If I can use it'll be terrific.
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