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Nikon Flash Unit SB-14 Bracket Flash - Index Page
Before the arrival of the Nikon SB-16A, which boosted with such a high guide number of 32, to those who had experience with the portable flash like SB-12 will find this flash very attractive. The SB-14 was introduced a few years later than the much bulky but highly powerful Nikon SB-11, these two flash units were the original two bracket mount TTL flash Nikon offered as a true companion flash for Nikon F3. Somehow the TTL-SB-14 has a strong resemblance with early Nikon handle flash SB-5 and looked more like an upgrade with the 'newly' introduced TTL flash exposure control feature with the F3 camera and a few midrange models that also fitted with TTL flash capability like the Nikon FG, FA and FE2 that followed in 1982/83. It fills the gap very well between the normal feature SB-12 and the big and tall SB-11 handle flash. I have noticed on many occasions on news conferences that most newsmen like to pair the Nikon F3 with a powerful Metz bracket flash. The SB-11 seems a little too bulk for portability and mobility. The SB-14 was Nikon's answer to those who frequently uses flash in their line of duty. It was designed more compact, shorter in height with a guide number slightly weaker than the SB-11's 36 and packed so much more powerful than portable unit like SB-12.

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Remember that this is not uncommon for newsmen to use a wideangle lens from 28mm, the SB-11 can only covers 28mm with the wide flash adapter while the SB-12 is performing even worst - with the guide number being diluted to 18 from the standard 25 (ASA/ISO I00 and meters : 25 (18 when used with Wide-Flash Adapter SW-4). Further, with the external power pack SD-7, the SB-14 can finally take on the like of Metz and providing a effortless fast, series of repeating flash bursts should circumstances demand.

The SB-14 has a quite respectful guide number of 32; and it will be diluted to 22 when used with Wide-Flash Adapter SW-5. But the real benefit also was its wider flash coverage which covers to a 24mm wideangle lens attached with the SW-4 (The SB-11 can only extend to 28mm with the wide adapter). Compared with other third party flash which still didn't provide a comfortable solution to TTL compatibility, the SB-14 was picking up some momentum in its popularity. It was still made available as new in Nikon's catalogue and finds its way to survive and fits itself among the many came-and-gone modern AF flash units. Probably, the SB-14 can still acts as an master off camera flash in a multiple-TTL or AUTO flash setup and it could well be the last remaining handle flash Nikon still intend to keep in its production line. Even if you don't own a camera equipped with a TTL flash capability, It can still be a very good companion flash for other Nikon camera SLR model operating in AUTO or Manual Flash control. Naturally, you can make use of the powerful guide number provided in wider scope of applications such as popular PR photography with more popular cameras like the evergreen Nikon FM2n, FE series or even the Nikkormat models etc without any form of incompatibility issues other than, of cause, the TTL flash function.

IMPORTANT NOTES when you are using your SB-14 with a Nikon AF SLR: Multi-sensor balanced fill flash is possible with handle flash SB-11 and SB-14. i.e. With SB-11 using with Nikon F5, N90s and N70 and AF and AI-P Nikkor lenses use SC-23 cord; when using it with Nikon F4 series bodies, Matrix-balanced fill-flash is provided (possible as well as with others such as F60x series (N6006, N6000) or F50 (N50) with AF and AI-P Nikkor lenses via SC-23 cord. When using a SB-14, Matrix balanced fill flash is possible with others bodies such as F70/N70, F60 series (N6006, N6000) or F50/N50 via SC-23 cord. Multi-sensor balanced fill flash is also possible with F90 series (N90 series) in combination of AF or AI-P Nikkor lenses via SC-23 cord.


* Multi-Sensor balanced fill flash with N90 and AF or AI-P Nikkor lenses
(with SC-23 cord)
* Matrix balanced fill-flash with F4 series, F100, F90X (F90), F70, F60, N50 or N5005 or older SLRs like F801s and AF and AI-P Nikkor lenses (with SC-23 cord)
* TTL flash exposure with F3 series (optional SC-12 TTL cord required)
* Angle of coverage 70° horizontal and 53° vertical (78° and 60° with wide flash adapter SW-5)
* Includes Nikon Wide Flash Adapter SW-5, Sync Cord SC-11, Bracket SK-5, Sensor Unit SW-2, SD-7 C Cell Battery Pack for 24mm lens coverage
* Guide number (ISO 100 in feet) 105 (72 with wide flash adapter
* Recycling time approximately 8 seconds

Accessories for SB-14

SC-23 TTL Sync Cord; Wide Angle Flash Adapter SW-5; Sensor Unit SU-2; Mounting Bracket SK-5; Speedlight Flash Head SB-14; Flash Cord SC-11 for SB-14; Power Cord SC-16 for SD-7; C-Cell Battery Pack SD-7 for SB-14 (comes with SC-16 Power Cord)


Electronic construction:
: Automatic: flash output control with silicon controlled rectifier (thyristor). TTL automatic control with Nikon F3 series (with TTL Remote Cord SC-12), Nikon F4-series, F90X, F70, F-601 or F50 (with TTL Remote Cord SC-23); non-TTL automatic control with any Nikon SLR (with Sensor Remote Cord SC-13 and Sensor Unit SU-2).

Manual control: full output.
Guide number:
32; 22 (with Wide-Flash Adapter SW-5)
Flash coverage: 28mm; 24mm (with Wide-Flash Adapter SW-5)
Automatic shooting range (at ASA/ISO 100): 0.6 -9m (2 -30ft ) at f/4; 0.6 - 6.4m (2 -21ft ) at f/5.6; 0.6 - 4.5m (2 - 15 ft) at f/8.0

ASA/ISO film speed range: ASA/ISO 25-880 ( ISO 25 to 400 at TTL)
Recycling time: Automatic: variable depending on shooting distance; Manual: approx. 9.5 sec.
Number of flashes: (approx.) Automatic: variable depending on shooting distance; approx. 270 with fresh set of alkaline-manganese batteries

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Power source: Separate DC Unit SD-7 with six C-type batteries.
Ready-light: Provided; blinks if flash output is at its maximum indicating that light might be insufficient for correct automatic exposure
Open-flash button: Provided
Mounting: Bracket-type
Other features:
Ready-light, open-flash button, sync/ multiple flash terminal Accessories provided: Wide-Flash Adapter SW-5; Sync Cord SC- 11; Bracket SK-5; Sensor Unit SU-2

Approx. 94mm (W) x 217mm (H) x 91mm (D)
(without bracket/batteries) Approx. 515g (with SU-2)

Sensor Unit SU-2. The plug-in Sensor Unit SU-2 controls the operation of the SB-14 Speedlight. It has five settings to choose from.

Some useful Accessories: One meter long, this cord allows the SB-11 to be used with the Nikon F3 for automatic through-the-lens control of the flash exposure.


TTL Sensor Cord SC-12
When attached, the camera's shutter speed is automatically switched to the proper flash synchronization speed of 1/80 sec. with the shutter speed dial at A or 1/125 sec. and above. The ready-light inside the camera's viewfinder also operates in the normal manner.


Sensor Remote Cord SC-13
Also one meter long, the SC-13 allows mounting of the SB-11's Sensor Unit SU-2 directly on the Nikon FE, FM, or EM's hot shoe for automatic, off-camera operation with the flash unit pointed in any direction.

With the Nikon F3, the Flash Coupler AS-4 is required and control of the flash exposure is automatic, but not through-the-lens.


Sync Cord SC-15
A coiled cord over one meter in length, the SC-15 screws into the camera's sync terminal and allows the SB-11 to be detached from its bracket and used off-camera.

AS-15 may allow some Modern AF SLRs that does not has a PC sync terminal to use the SB-11/SB14.

The DC Unit SD-7 accepts six C-type batteries, and is designed as a separate power source for the SB-14.. However it can also be used on other Nikon modern flash units like: SB-26, SB-27, SB-22, S13-20 and SB-11. I am not so sure whether the Power Pack Unit SD-8 can be used on the SB-14.

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