Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Additional Information on Nikon SB-30 AF-TTL Speedlight - Index Page

File size: 38k HTML Loading.....

SB30sidedit.jpg SB30RearView.jpg

Introduced on February 22, 2002, the AF-TTL Nikon SB-30 Speedlight is a compact, light, and versatile flash that houses a variety of flash functions. It is an attractive alternative for users that may be owning a Nikon bodies that do not have a built-in Speedlight but wishing to own a highly portable secondary Speedlight.

It has a guide number of 16/52 (at 28mm angle of coverage, ISO 100, m/ft, 20°C/68°F). Available flash shooting modes are TTL auto flash, Non-TTL auto flash, and Manual flash. It offers close-up shooting, a built-in wide flash adapter that offers coverage for a 17mm wideangle lens, TTL wireless slave flash capability, and an infrared remote commander. Flash output level compensation (±1/2EV) is also available for non-TTL auto flash mode and manual flash mode.

Technical Highlight of Nikon SB-30 Speedlight

* Compact and lightweight (92g, 58.5 x 83.5 x 36mm)
* Four modes available Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash/Standard TTL Flash control, Non-TTL auto flash control, manual flash control and wireless slave flash control
* The SB-30 is useful as a handy flash unit to perform TTL auto, Non-TTL auto, and Manual flash, when used with Nikon SLRs cameras not having a built-in Speedlight.
* The SB-30 is suitable as a slave flash unit in wireless or wired multiple flash operation when used in combination with the COOLPIX or Nikon SLRs cameras having a built-in Speedlight and enables to double or triple the effective flash shooting distance with cameras like the COOLPIX series models.
* Close-up flash photography using with the flash head tilted down is possible without detaching the Speedlight from the camera. Wireless multiple flash operation using the SB-30 as an Infrared remote commander is also possible to control the firing of other slave flash unit(s).
* Because the SB-30 features the same TTL flash operations as those of the SB-22s, refer to those items in the flash photography section of your camera instruction manual corresponding to SB-22s, if the SB-30 is not listed.
* Flash output level compensation available in non-TTL auto flash mode and manual flash mode (-1/2, 0, +1/2EV)
* Built-in wide flash adapter provides flash coverage for 17mm wideangle lens*
* Depending on scene conditions, periphery of image may be underexposed
* Speedlight can be folded down when not in use.

Supplied accessories: Soft Case SS-30

mapSB30front.gif mapSB30rear.gif mapmodeselector.gif

angleA.gif angleB.gif
Flash head tilting angle: 75°: for shooting normal subjects 50°: for shooting subjects closer than 0.4m (1.3 ft.) 13°: when not in use. CAUTION: Do not detach the flash unit while it is set at the 13° position. Otherwise, the flash unit or camera might get scratched

Battery Issues: Install one 3V lithium battery (CR123A or DL123A). Do not use the other types of batteries. When replacing the battery, be sure to set the power switch to the OFF position. If the battery is replaced while the power switch is set to the ON or STBY (standby) position, the Speedlight may fire accidentally or the power may not turn on correctly. In this case, set the SB-30’s power switch to the OFF position once, then set it back to the ON or STBY position. When using a fresh battery, the number of flashes when the SB-30 fires at M1/1 output is approx. 250 times. • With a fresh battery, the recycling time after the SB-30 fires at M1/1 output is approx. 4 seconds. Replace the battery, if the ready-light takes more than 30 seconds to light up when the unit first turned on or after firing the unit.

batteryB.gif batteryA.gif
Turning the power ON/OFF and the Standby function When set to the STBY position the Standby function is activated. When the ready-light lights up, the SB-30 is fully recycled and ready to fire. Note: The Standby function does not work with COOLPIX digital cameras having no hot-shoe contacts. In this case, set the SB-30 to the ON position.

Conserving battery power using the Standby function: •If the SB-30’s power switch is set to the STBY position, the Standby function is activated
only when the Mode selector dial is set to either TTL auto, Non-TTL auto, or Manual flash mode. If the SB-30 and the camera are not used for approx. 40 seconds, the Standby function activates and automatically turns the SB-30 off to conserve battery power. This is called the standby state. The Standby function does not work if the Mode selector dial is set to the Wireless slave flash mode. Take care that the power remains on and is consuming.

NikonSB30chart.gif (25k) Gif Loading slowly now ....
Nikon SB-30 Flash / speedlight compatibility chart with various Nikon cameras.

Source: Nikon Europe

To turn the SB-30 on again after it enters in the standby state, you can: a) Press the Standby resume button/Slave flash firing cancel button. b) Lightly press the shutter release button on a camera that is compatible with the TTL auto flash mode.

Attaching and detaching the Speedlight Slide the SB-30’s mounting foot (1) into the camera’s accessory shoe, then turn the lock lever (2) in the direction of the arrow to lock the unit. When the SB-30 is attached to an accessory shoe not equipped with a mount pin hole to prevent accidental detachment, take care that the SB-30 does not fall off. Note: Note o

n attaching the SB-30 to cameras that have a built-in Speedlight When the SB-30 is attached to the camera’s accessory shoe, do not pop-up the camera’s built-in Speedlight. Otherwise, only one of the Speedlights will fire. However, this is not a malfunction.

Usable cameras and available flash modes :
*1 Optional TTL Flash Unit Coupler AS-17 is required.
*2 Optional TTL Flash Unit Coupler AS-1 is required.
*3 TTL auto flash is not possible when the SB-30 is mounted on the accessory shoe. Set the flash mode to the Non-TTL auto.
*4 Set the camera’s exposure mode to Manual when the built-in Speedlight is used as a master flash unit.

Using the SB-30 with SLRs cameras

Auto flash modes Two auto flash modes are available with the SB-30: TTL auto flash and Non-TTL auto flash

TTL auto flash mode This mode is possible with SLRs cameras compatible with TTL auto flash. At the instant the shutter is released and the SB-30 starts firing, the camera’s built-in TTL auto flash sensor measures the flash illumination through-the-lens that is reflected back from the subject and adjusts the SB-30’s flash output, providing the correct exposure. Available TTL auto flash modes such as Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash, Center-Weighted Fill-Flash/Spot Fill-Flash, or Standard TTL flash vary, depending on the cameras and lenses in use.

Reminder: 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash is not possible, because the SB-30 does not fire a series of preflashes (Monitor Preflash). Next, the D-TTL auto flash mode is not possible with the SB-30.

Non-TTL auto flash mode This mode is possible with all Nikon SLRs cameras including Digital SLRs. At the instant the shutter is released and the SB-30 starts firing, the SB-30’s built-in light sensor for Non-TTL auto flash measures the flash illumination that is reflected back from the subject, automatically controlling the SB-30’s flash output to provide the correct exposure. Therefore, auto flash shooting is possible with cameras incompatible with TTL auto flash. A choice of four shooting apertures is available: f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, and f/8 at ISO 100, and f/5.6, f/8, f/11, and f/16 at ISO 400.

Insufficient flash light warning indication in auto flash modes When the flash has fired at its maximum output and underexposure may have occurred, the ready-light blinks for approx. 1.5 sec. To compensate, use a wider aperture or move closer to the subject and re-shoot.



Taking flash pictures in the TTL auto flash mode

Operation: 1 Set the SB-30’s Mode selector dial to . 2 Set the camera’s exposure mode, metering system, sync mode, shutter speed, etc. The ready-light inside the camera’s viewfinder blinks to warn you that the setting on the camera is not correct and TTL auto flash is not possible. In this case, make sure the camera settings are correct. 3 Check the aperture and flash shooting distance range. Make sure the main subject is within this range by referring to the table “Determining the aperture and flash shooting distance range” If the camera’s exposure mode is set to Aperture-Priority Auto () or Manual (), set one of the appropriate apertures obtained from the table on the camera. 4 Make sure the SB-30’s ready-light is on, then shoot.

| previous | NEXT | 1/2 Determining the aperture and flash shooting distance range, Manual Flash, Guide number (m/ft.) and ISO sensitivity, Close-up flash, Exposure compensation, batteries, accessories and Technical Specification

Page One | Page Two

| Back | Index Page - Nikon Flash Photography with Nikon F5

Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight Models:
Nikon SB-800 | Nikon SB-600 | Nikon SB-30 | Nikon SB-29(s) (2000) | Nikon SB-28 (1997) | Nikon SB-27 (1997) | Nikon SB-26 (1994) | Nikon SB-25 (1992) | Nikon SB-24 (1988) | SB-23 | SB-22 (1987) | SB-20 (1986)
Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight DX-Series:
Nikon SB-28DX (1999)| SB-50DX (2001) | SB-80DX (2002)
Additional information on various
Nikon MF Bulb Flash - Nikon MF-Speedlights SB-1 ~ SB-21A/B

| Back | Main Index Page - Nikon F5 Professional SLR camera

The Camera - Background, Issues & Summary

Basic Features | Focusing | Metering Systems | Exposure Control | Reliability Issues | Nikkor lens Compatibility

/Finders -
Index page - 2 parts
Film Backs:
Index Page - 1 parts
Focusing Screens -
Index Page - 1 part
Flash System -
Index Page - 3 parts
System Accessories: |
Power Sources | Cases | Remote Control | Miscellaneous

Macro Photography - Related info on Micro-Nikkor lenses

Specification for Nikon F5
Main Reference Map / Nomenclature

Resource Centre
: Instruction Manuals
Nikon F5 Camera Body - 18 parts
MF-28 Multi-Function Back HTML - 8 parts
PC Links - Photo Secretary - 2 parts
AF-TTL Speedlights: SB-28 / SB28DX | SB29(s) info | SB30 | SB50DX | SB80DX | SB600 info | SB800

F5 50th Anniversary Model | Nikon/Kodak DCS-620 | DCS-720 Digital Still SLR camera

| Back | Index Page of Digital Nikon SLR cameras
| Back | Main Index Page of Pictorial History of Nikon SLR cameras


weblibrary.gif   Nikon F | Nikon F2 | Nikon F3 | Nikon F4 | Nikon F5 | Nikon F6 | Nikkormat / Nikomat | Nikon FM | Nikon FE/ FA | Nikon EM/FG/FG20 | Nikon Digital SLRs | Nikon - Other models

The Eyes of Nikon:-

Nikon Auto Focus Nikkor lenses:- Main Index Page
Nikon Manual Focus Nikkor lenses:- Fisheye-Nikkor Lenses - Circular | Full Frame | Ultrawides Lenses - 13mm15mm18mm20mm | Wideangle Lenses - 24mm28mm35mm | Standard Lenses - 45mm 50mm 58mm | Telephoto Lenses - 85mm105mm135mm180mm & 200mm | Super-Telephoto Lenses - 300mm 400mm 500mm 600mm 800mm 1200mm |

Nikkor Link.jpg

Index Page
  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number: by: my friend, Rick Oleson by: Hansen, Lars Holst

Howkiat 3D F5 logo.gif
| Message Board | for Nikon F5 Series SLR model(s) |

Message Board | for your Nikon Optics in a shared environment
| Message Board | Specifically for Dispose or Looking for Nikon/Nikkor Photographic Equipment

W A R N I N G: The new G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have removed the conventional aperture ring on the lense barrel, they CANNOT adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier MF/AF Nikon SLR camera models. But they are FULLY COMPATIBLE with the Nikon F5 featured here in all usable metering systems and/or exposure modes. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

About this photographic site.

MIR Logo
HOME - Photography in Malaysia


A resource dedicated to my kids, Alvin Foo & Esther Foo- one day, BOTH might need to use all these information for his/her Nikon F5A camera.

Volunteered Maintainer(s) for the Nikon F5 Message Board: Tony Davies-Patrick, UK; Rick Oleson, US; Koh Kho King, Malaysia.

Credit: Mr. Chuck Hester, US for his text re-editing skill for this site; Our staff, HowKiat® who created the 3D-Nikon F5 logo. Mr. Lew Chee Wai of YL camera for lending his F5 for me to take some shots appeared in this site. All those nice folks who have contributed their images, in particular Mr. Mike Long, Edwin leong, Palmi Einarsson, Sergio Pessolano, Fred Kamphues, Harry Eggens, Curtis Forrester, Nick (Natures Moments), Sandra Bartocha; fellow countrymen, Vincent Thian, Koh Kho King, Philip Chong, CY Leow etc. and contributions from a few nice folks from Photo Malaysia Forum. Disclaimers & acknowledgments: Certain content and images appeared in this site were either scanned from official marketing leaflets, brochures published by Nikon and/or contribution from surfers who claimed originality of their own work for public publishing in this website, where majority of the extracted information are used basing on educational merits. The creator of this site will not be responsible for any discrepancies that may arise from any possible dispute except rectifying them after verification from respective source. Neither Nikon or its associates has granted any permission(s) in using their public information nor has any interest in the creation of this site. "Nikon", "Nikkormat", "Nippon Kokagu KK" "Silent Wave", "Focus Tracking Lock-on", "Nikkor" & other applicable technical/business terms are registered trade name(s) of Nikon Corporation Inc., Japan. Site made with an Apple G5 IMac.