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First announced during the PMA show in 2002. It was introduced exactly a year after the original Nikon AF-TTL SB50DX speedlight, the Nikon SB-80DX AF-TTL Speedlight is an improved model that offers Nikon photographers with enhanced flash shooting flexibility for a wide range of applications. It was designed specifically for both film-based Nikon SLRs as well as for the various Nikon digital SLRs that started to steam roll out from Nikon factory(ies). It inherits all of the essential basic flash functions of the Nikon SB-28/28DX Speedlights which it replaced and added some exciting innovations on its own.

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The SB80DX improved in a few areas from the SB-28DX model (marginally higher GN, extended zoom range (105mm down to 24mm (ultrawide view of 14mm and 17mm is possible with the built-in adapter & a Stofen-like "diffusion dome" that sets to extreme wide at 14mm with softens light. effect); extended working range with Wireless flash photography/AF Assist; improved FP sync operation, modeling light and some minor improvement on functional cosmetic designs). However, this great speedlight was eventually being phased out last year in 2004 and was replaced by the current model (2005) Nikon AF-TTL SB-800 Speedlight in order to streamline compatibility between Nikon's film based/digital flash photography.
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The SB-80DX provides compatibility with D-TTL and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash control, and offers features such as a tilt-rotate Incremental Auto-Zoom Head - automatic power zoom changes the zoom-head position incrementally to match the lens with focal length from 24mm to 105mm , a built-in wide flash adapter for 14mm wideangle lens coverage, GN 38/125 (ISO 100, m/ft. at 35mm), flash coverage up to 105mm in 5mm zoom steps and an AF-Assist Illuminator. In addition, the SB-80DX enables modeling flash and a built-in wireless slave flash, and a new dedicated soft dome has been provided to create soft lighting. Further, 8 Built-in Custom Settings lets you customize SB-80DX to your way of shooting and a Standby function that permits adjustment settings from 40 seconds to 300 seconds, providing power-saving control during multiple-flash photography. Lastly, it also features an expanded flash compensation (compensation control from +3EV to -3EV in 1/3 EV steps) and a built-in modeling flash that provides a visual confirmation that lets you preview shadows before photo is taken.

Warning:- With newer series of Nikon Digital Stll SLR cameras that offer Nikon CLS (creative Lighting System), such as Nikon D70, the SB-80DX may perform differently, CliCK HERE to see the incompatibility of its features (@&#*@(@!!)

Technical Highlights of the SB-80DX

* The SB-80DX is a high-performance Speedlight having a guide number of 38/125 (at the 35mm zoom-head position, ISO 100, m/ft., 20°C/68°F). According to the camera/lens combination used with the SB-80DX, you can perform various types of TTL auto flash (p. 35), Non-TTL auto flash‚ and Manual flash. When used with Nikon Digital SLRs cameras, D-TTL auto flash and AA (Auto Aperture) flash can be performed.
* Automatic power zoom changes the zoom-head position continuously to match the lens focal length (incompatible with some cameras and lenses). The built-in wide-flash adapter increases the angle of coverage to match a 14mm/17mm lens.
* Flash head tilts up to 90° or down to -7°, and rotates horizontally 180° to the left and 90° to the right, enabling bounce flash (p. 66) or close-up photography .
* Use of the provided Nikon Diffusion Dome in combination with the built-in wide-flash adapter in bounce flash (p.66) or close-up photography (p.70) diffuses the light from the flash to soften shadows and creates well balanced, more natural-looking pictures.
* Wireless multiple flash photography is also possible.
* For operation in dim light, an illuminator for the LCD panel is provided.
* Custom settings are provided to set values, or activate or cancel functions that are not necessary to set each time.

Supplied accessories: Nikon Diffusion Dome SW-10H, Soft Case SS-80


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iconFLASH.gif Button Press to test fire the flash iconMODE.gif Button Press to set the flash mode iconSEL.gif Button Press to select these functions: Flash output level compensation, aperture, number of repeating flashes per frame, frequency, and flash output level. T Press for approx. 2 sec. to display the Custom settings mode iconplus.gif & iconminus.gif Button Press to increase or decrease values. iconTELE.gif & iconWIDE.gif Button Press to change the zoom-head position iconONOFF.gif Button Press for approx. 0.5 sec. to turn the power on and off.

Press the MODE and SEL buttons simultaneously To recall the underexposure value in the TTL/D-TTL auto flash mode
Press the MODE and ON/OFF buttons simultaneously for approx. 2 sec. To reset all settings, including custom settings, to their default settings (except the distance unit selected in m/ft).

IMPORTANT: Camera groups and available flash modes: In this manual, Nikon SLR cameras are divided into eight groups (I to VII, and Digital SLRs) unless otherwise noted. First consult the camera group table to see which group your camera belongs to. Then as you read the manual, you will find specific information on how to use the SB-80DX with your particular camera: -

*1 Center-Weighted Fill-Flash/Spot Fill-Flash is not possible with the Pronea 600i/6i.
*2 Programmed TTL Auto Flash is set.
*3 TTL auto flash mode for Nikon Digital SLRs.
*4 Possible only when a non-CPU lens is attached.
*5 Repeating Flash is not possible with the F3-Series (using the AS-17).
*6 FP High-Speed Flash sync is not possible with F80-Series/N80-Series and F70-Series/N70 cameras

Note: The SB-80DX’s available flash modes vary, depending on the cameras and lenses in use or the camera’s exposure mode and metering system.

About the LCD panel Because of the directional characteristics of the liquid crystal, the LCD is difficult to read when viewed diagonally from above; however, the display can be seen clearly from a somewhat lower angle. The LCD panel display tends to be darker at high temperatures (approx. 60°C/140°F). When the temperature returns to normal (20°C/68°F), the display also returns to normal. The LCD’s response time tends to slow down at low temperatures (approx. 5°C/41°F and below). When the temperature returns to normal (20°C/68°F), response time also returns to normal.
Using the SB-80DX in dim light Press any button on the SB-80DX to turn the illuminator on (when the SB-80DX power is on), and it will stay on for approx. 16 seconds. To cancel the LCD panel illuminator, go to the Custom settings mode and set it to OFF

Custom settings The SB-80DX can easily set, activate, or cancel various operations using the Custom settings function as shown at the left hand side: -
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*1 No display appears when the SB-80DX is attached to Digital SLRs cameras.
*2 The display appears when the wireless flash mode is set to ON.
*3 No display appears when the built-in wide-flash adapter is not used.
Setting the LCD panel illuminator using Custom settings
Press the SEL button for approx. 2 sec. to display the Custom settings mode.
2 Press the + or - button to choose the iconilluminator.gif LCD panel illuminator setting.
3 Press the iconTELE.gif or iconWIDE.gif button to turn the LCD panel illuminator on or off.
4 To get out of the custom settings mode, press the SEL button for approx. 2 sec. or press the ON/OFF button. Even if the LCD panel illuminator is set to OFF, the SB-80DX’s LCD panel illuminator turns on when the camera’s LCD panel illuminator is turned on. The LCD panel illuminator also lights up when the Custom settings mode is displayed.

Selecting the distance unit (m or ft) using Custom settings Set the distance unit on the LCD panel to either meters “m” or feet “ft”. The SB-80DX is preset to meters when the SB-80DX is shipped from the factory.

1 Press the SEL button for more than 2 sec. to display the Custom settings mode.
2 Press the + or - button to choose “Selecting the distance unit (m, ft).”
3 Press the iconTELE.gif or iconWIDE.gif button to set the preferred distance unit.
4 Press the SEL button for more than 2 sec. or press the ON/OFF button to return to the normal setting mode.

Lenses Nikkor lenses are divided into two types: CPU Nikkor lenses and non-CPU Nikkor lenses:

CPU Nikkor lenses G-type Nikkor‚ D-type Nikkor‚ Non-G/D-type AF Nikkor (except for AF Nikkor for the F3AF)‚ AI-P Nikkor
Non-CPU Nikkor lenses AI-S Nikkor, AI Nikkor‚ Series E

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CPU lenses
CPU lenses have CPU contacts. G-type Nikkor lenses G-type Nikkor lenses send distance information to the camera body, but do not have an aperture ring. Therefore, set the aperture on the camera body. With some cameras, the usable exposure mode is limited. D-type Nikkor lenses D-type Nikkor lenses send distance information to the camera body. Set the aperture either on the lens aperture ring or on the camera body

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Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight Models:
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Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight DX-Series:
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