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Old Jan 28, 2006, 2:11 PM   #1
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I presently own a Nikon F-70 35mm. SLR, with a variety of lenses, and I am considering the purchase of a Nikon D-50 digital.

I also have a Sunpak 4000AF external flash unit that I use with the F-70 and wonder if it can be used with the D-50?

I'd also like to hear from any D-50 owners with regard to shutter "lag time" when taking action shots.

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Old Jan 28, 2006, 4:30 PM   #2
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Hi Bob

Only a guess here but the Sunpak will probably only work on Manual mode as the Digital Nikon have a new metering system called iTTL and the only flashes I have come across that fully support it are Nikons SB600 and SB800.

Like most SLR's the D50 suffer almost no shutter lag what so ever, In continuous mode it will shoot flat out at 2.5fpstill the buffer is full and then write to the card.

I presume from your question that you haveused Non SLR digital cameras which invariably suffer from shutter lag to variable degrees. In theory the D50 sould suffer no more lag than your film SLR's


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Old Jan 28, 2006, 5:11 PM   #3
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Hi Andy,

Thanks for the reply, answering my questions about the flash unit and shutter lag.

I suspected that my hoping that mySunpak flash would also be compatiable with the D-50, was wishful thinking on my part.:sad:I was just hoping that I'd be able to save a few bucks.

Your presumption that I do have some non SLR digital camera experience is correct. I have a 6.1 megapixel Fujifilm 6900, with a fair amount of accessories, which a few years back was a fairly expensive camera ( other than the big bucks SLR types). Its a nice camera, but for action shots; its just about useless, because of the shutter lag. :sad:

Thanks again for your taking the time to help me out. Its much appreciated.

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 8:47 AM   #4
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to avoid openning up a new thread, I'll post my question right here as the title could probably be the same.

I have a nikon n65 with a sb-27 speedlite unit and a su-4 remote trigger thingie. will these two, or at least the su-4, work with the d50 I'm about to buy? I haven't found enough information about it on nikonusa.com...

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You can use the SB-27 in Auto and Manual modes, but not with TTL (I-TTL on the D50). See the link below:

http://support.nikontech.com/cgi-bin...mp;p_topview=1

I can't help you with the SU-4 question, sorry.
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Old Feb 3, 2006, 10:36 AM   #6
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hey there thebac.

thanks for the reply.

that's disappointing. I spent an extra money on that speedlight unit instead of any other manufacturer just so I could use it TTL... and considering I could still use it if I upgraded the body. now when I get the d50, my sb-27 will be as good as any other. I'll have to sell it and buy a sb-600/800 instead...

I'm not a specialist, but it seems they could have added TTL support to the new digital cameras... unless they wanna make more money out of selling new speedlites. apparently they consider the possibility of people like me switching makers since I'm gonna have to sell my stuff anyway.

take that, nikon

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 11:37 AM   #7
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The SB-27 was released in 1995, and Nikon has released many other flashes since then. I agree it would have been nice to provide some sort of backward compatibility for some of these older flashes, but then a lot has changed over the last 10 years. It only makes sense, especially considering Nikon discontinuing its film line of cameras, that they developed new speedlights for the DSLR line (although they can be used with the older film cameras).
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