Over the years, as Nikon has introduced more than 40 types of flash models thus far (still expanding..) (Err... a quick head count - seven BC-series models, electronic auto/manual flash SB-1 to SB-10; MF TTL flash from SB-11 to SB-19; AF flash from SB-20 to SB-30 + three Macro Ringlight (SR/SM1, SM2/SR2 & SB-21) + UV flash SB-140UV and two dedicated flash SB-28DX/SB-80DX fro digital SLRs - there bound to be a lot of combinations with a camera such as Nikon F4.
<<< --- AF-TTL speedlights SB-26 (1994) and a more compact SB-28 at far right (1997)
<<< --- Credit: Both images courtesy of Mantis1982® <Mantis1982@yahoo.com>. Mantis 1982 operates a popular Ebay Store and on and off, he publishes many good bargain of used Nikon stuffs. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.
Although chances are rare that such combination will be used but one GREAT characteristic of the Nikon system compatibility is, one way of another, you can still be able to find a way to adapt all those previous Nikon flash with a Nikon F4, the probable compromise could just be what feature will you be missing in such possible combination. Except with the very old bulb units of the BC-series which requires an odd sync cable which I am not particularly sure can they still be soucred in the market but virtually all electronic units should be able to use with the camera in either AUTO or full MANUAL flash modes. As many of the pre-F3 era flash carry a proprietary flash foot, you can either plug a cable and/or using a flash coupler to enable them to use with the Nikon F4.
AS-1 enables hot shoe use of ISO-type flash with Nikon F2 bodies (AUTO/MANUAL is possible depends on respective flash model)
AS-2 allows F2-flash foot types of flash units to work on a ISO-type shoe (non-TTL, AUTO/MANUAL is possible)
AS-3 permitting F3-type of flash to be used on Nikon F2 accessory shoe (non-TTL operation, AUTO/MANUAL is possible)
AS-4 provides hot shoe use of ISO-type of flash on any F3 body (except Nikon F3P and Nikon F3H's DE-4, which can mount directly)
AS-5 reverting F2 shoe types of flash units to be used on any standard Nikon F3 accessory shoe in non-TTL operation.
AS-6 converts F3-types of flash foot speedlights to be used on ISO-type of accessory shoe (AUTO/MANUAL is possible, non-TTL operation)
AS-7 Extended from camera body to enable changing film without removing flash. TTL connection maintains with any flash with F3 flash shoe and accepts ISO-type flash units but TTL function is lost (AUTO/MANUAL)
AS-8 base unit module for SB-16 for Nikon F3 flash shoe
AS-9 base unit module for SB-16 for ISO-type accessory shoe
The detachable lower part of the SB-16, called the Flash Unit Coupler AS-8 or AS-9, houses the mounting foot, the shooting mode selector with shooting mode indication LEDs, the ready-light/open-flash button, the light sensor, the sync/multiple flash terminal, and the special terminal for TTL multiple flash.
Useful accessory:- Nikon original Flash couplers for various flash models foot incompatibility
AS-10 TTL Multi-Flash Adapter - permits two TTL cords to be connected one another, tripod mount provided.
AS-11 allows Nikon F3 dedicated flash shoe units to be mounted to a 1/4 tripod thread.
AS- 12 SB-21 Controller output unit for the Macro Ringlight SB-21A TTL Macro Speedlight for any standard Nikon F-3 cameras (except F3P and F3H's DE-4, which can mount directly to operate in non-TTL mode via its standard -ISO accessory shoe)
AS-14 SB-21 Controller Unit for ISO-type shoe, options for TTL, AUTO and Manual flash.
AS-15 PC Sync Terminal Adapter for ISO-type shoe: for Nikon SLR that do not have a sync terminal.
AS-16 SK-6 Terminal Adapter (AS-16)
AS-17 allows ISO-type flash with a Nikon F3, TTL, auto and manual flash is possible. This permits all Nikon AF TTL speedlights to be used. The most innovative accessory thus far.
In such combination, since ALL Nikon AF Speedlights are equipped with an ISO-type flash shoe like the modern AF flash such as Nikon SB-25 speedlight shown at left (and many others), they may also used on all other older MF Nikon SLR bodies as well (except minua the comprehensive features they can offer). On the other hand, the respective flash coupler also bridges all previous Nikon electronic compact flash units to be used on the Nikon F4 in a more confined AUTO/MANUAL flash operation. Naturally, unless absolutely necessary, it'd really demand some conventional wisdom why would one wants to perform such a combination because that is not a main strength in a Nikon F4 (does a little justice to this marvelous camera, buy a simple and cheap Nikon AF-TTL SB-23 speedlight, will you ?...).
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Two charts scanned from two generations of Nikon speedlights (SB-26 and SB-28) outlined their compatibility with respective Nikon SLR models.
Note: ALL Nikon AF flash models from SB-24 onwards provide an AF Zoom function. 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.
Although the Nikon SB-24 AF-TTL Speedlight is like a custom-designed flash for the Nikon F4, thoughout the product cycle of the Nikon F4 series until the Nikon F5 unveiled in 1996/1997, there were a couple of new AF Nikon Speedlight introduced as well. How about them ? That was the beauty as all these units can be used freely with the camera flash exposure system and/or functions provided in the camera except in the case of the newer flash model such as Nikon SB-28(DX) where the on-flash rear curtain switch has been eliminated and it may not work in such feature. Naturally, flash models that produced by Nikon after the Nikon F5 were tuned and custom-designed to unleash the potential of the camera (or equivalent) so, features such as 3D Matrix metering, wireless slave flash, high speed FP sync flash photography and so forth will not be available when using these units with a Nikon F4.
So, if you are looking for a flash specifically for a Nikon F4 (and thinking the very near future you will not be considering any upgrade); the trick is to look for a flash that works for your camera's features rather than investing into a Nikon Speedlight that carries piles of features that your camera cannot take full advantage of. In a bare minimal requirement that you will be only shooting very rare flash pictures, just get yourself with an early series of AF Speedlight is also good enough.
Usable/handy system accessories designed for Nikon AF-TTL Speedlights:
Nikon Flash Bracket SK-6 and/or SK-6A* Nikon has not produced any handle/bracket mount flash since the SB-140UV and so far there isn't such a design available for the AF flash. Well, considering the power output of a modern AF Nikon speedlight is capable to match one of those MF counterpart, Nikon has designed a very usable accessory called SK-6 specifically to be usable with most of the AF speedlights they produced.
A Nikon F4 with SB-26 mounted on a SK-6; another illustration comprises of a SK-6 with SB-28 and a Nikon F90x AF SLR.
Not only does the SK-6 enable you to use the camera-mountable SB-28 (SB26, SB-25, SB-24) or other flash such as SB-20, SB-22 etc. as a grip-type flash, it also offers you remote-flash capability. Used as an external power source, in combination with the Speedlight's own power source, the SK-6 reduces minimum recycling time by about half and doubles the total number of flashes available. It accepts six 1.5V LR6 (AA-type Alkaline), 1.2V KR-AA (AA-type NiCd) or 1.5V FR-6 (AA-type Lithium) batteries It can also be used with the Nikon DC Units SD-7 or SD-8. Note*: According to Nikon, the SK-6A is marketed only in EU countries.
External Power Sources: Nikon DC-Units SD-7* and High Performance Power Pack SD-8/SD-8A**
DC Unit SD-7 The SD-7 accepts six LR14 (C-type) batteries, and is designed as, a separate power source for the SB-28, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24 and SB-22 and/or other future capable flash models with SK-6 combination. Also usable with MF flash SB-11, SB-14 and SB-140UV. * Not available in EU countries. Pictures not to scales between SD-7 and SD-8.
High-Performance Battery Pack SD-8** The SD-8A is designed for use with the SB-28, SB-27 and/or other future capable flash models while other speedlight SB-28, SB26, SB-25, SB-24 and SB-22 to shorten flash recycling time and enhance flash capacity. It accepts six 1.5v LR6 AA-type alkaline or 1.2v KR-AA (AA-type NiCd) and even accept 1.5v FR6 (AA-type Lithium) batteries. Can be mount at the base of the camera's tripod socket via FM-6 locking screw. This is a more compact and versatile unit than the SD-7 DC power pack.
Nikon Wireless Slave Flash Controller SU-4 The SU-4 enables wireless remote slave flash with TTL control, and can be attached to any current Nikon Speedlight. The SU-4 detects the firing of the master flash (including built-in Speedlight) and sends firing-start signal to slave unit. SU-4 stops the firing of the slave flash by detecting firing-stop signal. Use of SU-4's eliminates connecting cords. Operates up to approximately 23-25 feet from the location of the main flash.
Credit: Image of SU-4 courtesy of Mr. Mike from Midwest Photo Exchange ® <email@example.com>. Websiet URL: http://www.mpex.com. Image copyright © 2003. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.
- Enables wireless remote flash with TTL control
- Transmits "start" and "stop" signals to slave flash
- Attaches easily and operates with any current Nikon Speedlight
- Two modes available, AUTO and MANUAL
- Built-in Speedlight can be used as master flash
- Highly compact and lightweight
NOTE: Nikon warns avoid leaving the Speedlight power switch to ON position when attempting mounting the SU-4. Any electric noise due to discharge of static electricity, glowing from fluorescent lamps or operation of remote control devices ()and hand phone) may accidentally trigger all flash units.
Flash Brackets and other third party accessories: I am not sure why photographer needs flash brackets for camera (Since the biggest advantage offers in a SLR camera is mobility and portability). Anyway, in relation to macro works, I may think there is some logic investing into such an accessory. The common brand names associates to this specialize areas are Stroboframes , Stratos Modular Flash Bracket System, Lindahl Specialties Bracket, Custom Brackets, LumiQuest ProMax Bouncers, Ikelite Lite-Link Wireless Slave etc.
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Nikon AF-TTL Speedlight DX-Series: Nikon SB-28DX (1999) | SB-50DX (2001) | SB-80DX (2002) (updated)
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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
W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lense, they when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).
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