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Nikon TTL AF SB-22 Speedlight and Nikon TTL SB-22S AF-Speedlight

Introduced in 1987. It is a economical compact AF Speedlight with AF assist beam for AF mode with capable Nikon AF-SLRs. With a Guide number (ISO 100, m) of 25 and19 (with wide-flash adapter) and has an ISO-type flash foot and a repeating flash feature. It was introduced at the time of the Nikon AF F-801, F-401x and Nikon F4 etc..

But it is also compatible with other Nikon AF SLRs introduce at later stage, for an instance, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill Flash is also possible with F90X or F70 and the use of CPU lens* as well as synchronizes well in Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash with capable Nikon bodies such as F4-series**, F-801s, F-601, F50 or F-401x, and the use of any CPU* lense. However, its AF-assist Illuminator will work with any Nikon SLR bodies which includes the early F501. Naturally, it will also provide basic TTL flash on other capable Nikon MF bodies with stanard ISO-hot shoe.
Credit: Image courtesy of Laura Kornylak ® <shutterblade@comcast.net> from shutterblade*com where the Company has a website on its own. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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The excellent small Nikon flash is currently made in China and still remained in production (2005). An economical compact speedlight features an Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry. The TTL automatic control works with Nikon's F5, F4 series, F100, F90X, F80, F70, F65, F60, Pronea 600i or FM3a (FA, FE2) and other Nikon SLRs for bare basic MANUAL and AUTO flash control.

key features with Nikon SLRs:
1.  Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash
2.  AF-Assist Illuminator
3.  Aperture/distance range chart attached
4.  Wide-flash adapter
5.  Tilting flash head
6.  excellent flash for multi flash setups

Supplied Accessories:
Soft case SS-22
Accessories: TTL cord SC-17 Multiflash adapter AS-10

* "CPU" lenses refer to those AF Nikkor, AF-I Nikkor or AI-P Nikkor lenses which feature a built-in mi'crocomputer and CPU contacts. ** With F4-series, Manual Focus Ai-S or Ai Nikkor lenses are also usable.


Use it in a Nikon TTL Multi-flash setup ? Why NOT ?

The Wide-flash adapter/diffuser can be used to cover any Nikkor zoom and/or wideangle lense down to 28rnm. The tilting flash head provides an adjustment from -70° to 90° for bounce flash shooting (similar with Nikon SB-20). The flash is not equipped with a variable manual adjustment and only offers full power output.

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Nikon SB-22s Flash / speedlight compatibility chart with various Nikon cameras.

Source: Nikon Europe

Specifications for AF-Nikon SB-22 Speedlight

Electronic construction: Automatic silicon-controlled rectifier and series circuitry
Flash exposure control: TTL automatic control with Nikon F4 series, F90X, F-801s, F70, F-601, F50 or F-401x; non-TTL automatic control with any Nikon SLR (with Flash Unit Coupler AS-4 or AS-7 required with Nikon F3-series).
Manual control: full output
Guide number (ISO 100, m): 25; 19 (with wide-flash adapter)
Angle of flash coverage: 60
°horizontal and 45° vertical; 70° horizontal and 53° vertical (with wide-flash adapter/diffuser)
Film speed range in TTL auto flash mode: ISO 25 to 1000 with Nikon F4-series, F90X, F-801s, F70, F-601, F50 or F-401x etc.

Recycling time: Approx. 4 sec.
Number of flashes: Approx. 200
AF-Assist Illuminator: Automatically fires LED beam toward subject when performing autofocus with Nikon F4-series, F90X, F-801s, F70, F-601, F50 or F-40lx in in sufficient light
Power source: Four 1.5V AA-type alkaline or NiCd batteries; optional power accessories: DC Unit SD-7; Battery Pack SD-8
Dimensions (without mounting foot): Approx. 68mm (W) x 105mm (H) x 80mm (D)

Credit: Image courtesy of Laura Kornylak ® <shutterblade@comcast.net> Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.

Weight (without batteries): Approx. 250g
Other features: Flash Ready-light with capable Nikon SLRs, open-flash button, sync flash terminal
Accessory provided: Soft Case SS-22
Optional power accessories:
C-cell Battery Pack SD-7 (with SC-16 Power Cord) or High performance AA Battery pack SD-8.

Nikon Speedlight AF TTL SB-22S

Nikon SB-22S electronic flash unit was introduced in 1998 as an enhanced version of the SB-22 introduced back in 1987. The flash offers coverage to 35mm wide-angle (28mm with available adapter), a multitude of operating modes, from full manual to full varied TTL, autofocus assist up to 16 feet, a significant improvement is its more powerful GN which has increased up to 92 (28m) for it's size and functions fully with most Nikon cameras, film and digital based which includes Nikon F5, F100, F90x and F70 etc.

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The exterior appearance and construction is very similar (if not identical) with the earlier SB-22 (see top of this page). A slight disappointment was its inability to offer variable manual flash output control - considering after 12 years after the original debut of the SB-22, one would expect it should carry a better technical specification. The rear section has an identification "SB-22S" engraved. It can also used the C-cell Battery Pack SD-7 (with SC-16 Power Cord) or High performance AA Battery pack SD-8. This NikonAF Speedlight was believed to have been made in China now (see bottom right image). Whatever it is, the SB-22s is still a lovely flash to use.


Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Ralph Anthony® <ralph.anthony@telus.net>. Ralph has a Ebay store, dealing with many used photographic equipment. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Download a free instruction manual in PDF (4.3MB), courtesy of Mr. Jim/ lensinc.ltd. pls send a thank you note on my behalf as well.

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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst

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