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Bounce-Flash Photography with Nikon SB-50DX AF-TTL speedlight

When taking pictures of a person in front of a wall, a direct flash often causes harsh, unattractive shadows on the subject or background (photo below, right). By bouncing the light off the ceiling or walls, you can soften the shadows and produce more natural-looking portraits In addition to the general single-flash bounce operation, the SB-50DX enables you to perform double-flash bounce operation when used with a camera having a built-in Speedlight Double-flash bounce operation will provide a more natural-looking lighting effect. If your camera has a built-in Speedlight, perform this double-flash bounce operation. In bounce-flash photography, high ISO sensitivity such as ISO 400 is recommended.

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Tilting the flash head The flash head can be tilted up to 90° or down to -18°. *1 Generally, the flash head is tilted down for close-up flash shooting. Attach the wide-flash adapter. *2 Flash head can be tilted up or down to the intermediate positions. *3 Power Zoom does not function *4 Zoom head position is fixed at 24mm and guide number 18/59 (m/ft.) without the wide-flash adapter.

Bounce-flash operation with single flash: 1. Attach the SB-50DX to the camera body and set the camera’s exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or Manual. 2. Set the camera’s metering system to Matrix Metering or Center-Weighted Metering and flash sync mode to Front-Curtain Sync Generally, set flash sync mode to Front-Curtain Sync. If your camera does not have the flash sync mode option, Front-Curtain Sync is activated. 3. Press the MODE button of the SB-50DX to set TTL/D-TTL auto flash. 4. Tilt the flash head. For easiest bounce-flash operation, tilt the flash head up at least 50° to bounce light off the ceiling. Make sure that the light from the flash head does not directly illuminate the subject. 5. Set the aperture With bounce flash, there is light loss when compared to normal flash operation, so use an aperture two to three stops wider (smaller f-number) than you would for regular TTL auto flash operation. Compose, focus, confirm the ready-light comes on, then shoot. If the ready-light on the SB-50DX and the camera’s viewfinder ready-light blink for approx. 3 sec. after shooting ), the flash has fired at its maximum output. This may indicate underexposure has occurred. To compensate, use a wider aperture (smaller f-number) or reduce the bounce distance (distance between the flash head and reflecting surface and/or distance between the subject and reflecting surface).

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Bounce-flash operation with double flash (SB-50DX and camera’s built-in Speedlight) 1. Attach the SB-50DX to the camera and attach the provided diffuser on the camera’s built-in Speedlight. Strong light from the camera’s built-in Speedlight may adversely affect the bounce effect. Use the provided diffuser to soften the light from the camera’s built-in Speedlight for a more natural looking lighting effect. Lift up the diffuser, release the camera’s built-in Speedlight and then lower the diffuser gently in front of the camera’s Speedlight . With F65-series/N65-series set to AUTO icon-varimode.gif mode or Vari-Program, the built-in Speedlight does not fire even when it is up . The camera Speedlight detecting lever on the SB-50DX detects that the camera’s Speedlight is activated and icon-plug.gif displayed in the LCD panel. 2. Perform bounce-flash operation in the same manner as with single flash.

Note: Exposure mode with the Nikon F70-series/N70 When performing double-flash operation using the built-in Speedlight of the F70-series/N70, cancel Monitor Pre-flashes by setting the camera’s exposure mode to Manual (M). With the F80-series/N80-series, Monitor Pre-flashes are automatically canceled. When using the Nikon F70-series/N70 or PRONEA 600i/PRONEA 6i When performing double-flash operation with the Nikon F70-series/N70 or PRONEA 600i/PRONEA 6i camera, the Power Zoom function, standby function linked to the camera’s exposure meter, viewfinder ready-light warnings and AF-Assist Illuminator are not available. (ZOOM and mm in the SB-50DX’s LCD panel blink.) Set the zoom-head position manually. Also, Rear-Curtain Sync cannot be performed.

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Using the Nikon SB-50DX for close-ups Flash Photography: With the wide-flash adapter attached to the SB-50DX, close-up flash shooting down to 0.3m (1.0 ft.) can be performed. Close-up flash operation 1. Attach the SB-50DX to the camera body and set the camera’s exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto (A) or Manual (M). 2. Set the camera’s metering system to Matrix or Center-Weighted Metering and flash sync mode to Front-Curtain Sync. Generally, set flash sync mode to Front-Curtain Sync. If your camera does not have the flash sync mode option, Front-Curtain Sync is activated. 3. Press the MODE button of the SB-50DX to set the flash mode for TTL/ D-TTL auto flash. 4. Attach the wide-flash adapter in front of the flash head. The wide-flash adapter diffuses light and softens the subject's shadow. Always attach the wide-flash adapter for close-up flash shooting. Slide the wide-flash adapter straight out from the bottom of the flash head where it is stored, then attach it to the front of the flash head. Zoom-head position is fixed at 14mm and the Power Zoom function becomes inactive. To store the wide-flash adapter, detach it from the flash head, then slide it back into its original position. 5. Tilt the flash head down. Tilt the flash head down to - 18°.icon-plug.gif is displayed in the LCD panel.macroF.gif blinks if the wide-flash adapter is not attached. Attach the wide-flash adapter for close-up flash shooting. The camera’s built-in Speedlight cannot be used when flash head of the SB-50DX is tilted down. When the built-in Speedlight is activated, blinks. Press the camera’s Speedlight down to retract it.

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6. Set the aperture. 7. Compose, focus, confirm the ready-light comes on, then shoot. If the ready-light on the SB-50DX and the camera’s viewfinder ready-light icon-flash.gif blink for approx. 3 sec. after shooting, the flash has fired at its maximum output. This may indicate underexposure has occurred. To compensate, use a wider aperture (smaller f-number). Vignetting due to lighting situation, lens in use, focal length, etc. may occur in close-up flash shooting. Test shooting is recommended.

Multiple Flash Photography

Perform multiple flash shooting in the following situations: • To eliminate shadows cast by the subject • To emphasize the subject's outline • To illuminate the subject mainly from the side • To illuminate a far subject

The SB-50DX enables you to perform the following multiple flash shootings. Wireless multiple flash shooting. Multiple flash shooting with the SB-50DX attached with the Infrared Filter SW-9IR used as an infrared remote commander. Double flash shooting using the SB-50DX with the camera’s built-in Speedlight. Multiple flash shooting using cords.

Camera’s settings in multiple flash operation Set the camera’s exposure mode to Aperture-Priority Auto or Manual, exposure metering system to Matrix or Center-Weighted and flash sync mode to Front-Curtain Sync in multiple flash operation. If your camera does not have the flash sync mode option, Front-Curtain Sync is automatically activated.

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Canceling Monitor Pre-flashes in multiple flash operation Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi Sensor in TTL auto flash and all the D-TTL auto flash modes cannot be used for a master flash unit in multiple flash operation since Monitor pre-flashes cause incorrect exposure. When performing multiple flash operation, cancel Monitor pre-flashes of the master flash unit following the methods described in the table at the left hand side.

Nikon COOLPIX-series Wireless multiple flash operation is not possible using the built-in Speedlight of the Nikon COOLPIX-series digital cameras as a master flash unit.

Wireless Multiple Flash Operation You can perform wireless multiple flash operation with the SB-50DX. The light sensor on the SB-50DX senses light received from the master flash unit (Speedlight, such as the SB-50DX attached on the camera or camera’s built-in Speedlight) to trigger the SB-50DX and control the flash duration of the SB-50DX.

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TTL auto wireless multiple flash operation 1. Attach the master flash unit to the camera. Before attaching the Speedlight, turn off the Speedlight and camera. 2. Position the SB-50DX as a slave flash unit. Slave flash unit Subject Light from master flash unit. Set the SB-50DX at a position (normally closer to the subject than the camera) where light from the master flash unit can reach the light sensor on the SB-50DX..
Effective range of the SB-50DX’s light sensor in the TTL wireless multiple flash operation is approx. 7m (23 ft.). There is no limit to the number of slave flash units (SB-80DX, SB-50DX, SB-30 units or other Speedlights with the SU-4 attached) that can be used together. However, if too much light from other slave flash units enters the light sensor of the Speedlight, correct operation may not be possible. So the practical number of Slave flash units usable is up to three.

3. Turn on the camera and all the Speedlights. To use the SB-50DX as a master flash unit with (silver chloride) film cameras, press the SLAVE button for approx. 1 sec. to set the Wireless Flash mode with indication in the LCD panel. Monitor pre-flashes will not be fired even if the Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi-Sensor is selected. 4. Set the flash mode on the master flash unit to TTL auto To use the camera’s built-in Speedlight as the master unit, release the built-in Speedlight. (See your camera’s instruction manual). Auto wireless multiple flash operation is also possible with the master flash unit set to non-TTL auto. (See the Speedlight instruction manual for details.) With the master flash unit set to non-TTL auto, the light sensor on the slave SB-50DX unit also senses light received from the master flash unit to trigger the slave SB-50DX unit and control the flash duration. With non-TTL auto, you can perform auto wireless multiple flash operation with Nikon digital SLRs or cameras that are not compatible with TTL auto flash (Nikon FM2, FE10, FM10, etc.).

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5. Set the SB-50DX (used as a slave flash unit) to the Wireless Flash mode. Press the SLAVE button for approx. one second to activate for icon-slaveA.gifAuto Slave Flash mode or for Manual Slave Flash mode icon-slaveM.gif indicated in the LCD panel. If the is shown, press the MODE button to set the Auto Slave Flash mode with icon-slaveA.gif indication. When the Wireless Flash mode is activated, the flash mode indication disappears from the LCD panel. In the Wireless Flash mode, leaving the SB-50DX unused for more than approx. one hour activates the standby function and the SB-50DX is automatically turned off. To cancel the Wireless Flash mode, press the SLAVE button until the Wireless Flash mode indication disappears from the LCD panel. (Turning off the SB-50DX does not cancel the Wireless Flash mode.) Note: When using a Group I camera, cancel the Monitor pre-flashes of the master flash unit. 6. Shoot following the same procedure as in normal TTL auto flash operation. Flash operation can be confirmed with ready-light indication or beeping sound.

Master flash unit

Slave flash unit

 

Speedlight condition

Ready-light

Ready-light

Sound monitor

 

Lights up

Lights up

Beeps once

 

Ready to fire

Lights up or does not
come on (not blinking)

Lights up or does not
come on (not blinking)

Beeps Twice

 

Fired properly

Blinks

Blinks

Beeps for approx.
3 sec.

 

Both master and slave flash units have fired at full output and light may have been insufficient (or too much) for correct exposure. Change the distance between Speedlights and subject or select another aperture and shoot again

Lights up or does not
come on (not blinking)

Blinks

Beeps for approx.
3 sec.

 

Slave SB-50DX has fired at full output. The light sensor on the slave SB-50DX unit could not detect when to stop firing in sync with the master flash unit. This was because either the light sensor window was not directed at the master flash unit or a strong reflection from the slave SB-50DX itself or light from another slave flash unit may have entered the light sensor window. In this case, change the direction or position of the slave SB-50DX unit and/or other slave flash unit(s), then shoot again.

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Canceling sound monitor To cancel the sound monitor, press the ZOOM and + buttons simultaneously so icon-sound.gif appears in the LCD panel. To reactivate the sound monitor function, press the ZOOM and + buttons simultaneously again so icon-sound.gif disappears from the LCD panel and the sound monitor beeps twice.

Wireless Flash mode Pressing the SLAVE button on the SB-50DX for approx. 1 sec. activates the Wireless Flash mode. When using the SB-50DX as a master flash unit and attaching it to a camera body (other than Nikon digital SLR), icon-slave2.gif appears in the LCD panel and Monitor pre-flashes are canceled. Monitor pre-flashes will not be fired even if the Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi-Sensor is selected. If the SB-50DX is detached as it is, icon-slave2.gif indication is replaced by icon-slaveA.gif or icon-slaveA.gif and you can use the SB-50DX as a slave flash unit.

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Warning: Do not leave the SB-50DX turned on in Wireless Flash mode When detached from a camera body, the SB-50DX may fire accidentally due to static electricity or electromagnetic noise if it is kept turned on in Wireless Flash mode. Make sure to turn the SB-50DX off when not in use.
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Canceling (preventing accidental) flash firing Raise the camera Speedlight detecting lever with your finger to prevent accidental firing in sync with other Speedlights. The SB-50DX will not fire while the lever is in the "up" position.

Manual wireless multiple flash operation with the SB-50DX set at Manual Slave Flash mode To fire the slave SB-50DX unit placed distant from the master flash unit (or where the light of the master flash does not reach) without cords, set the slave SB-50DX unit to Manual Slave Flash mode. Slave SB-50DX unit detects the light from other flash unit(s) such as a master flash unit and fires at full output. Press the SLAVE button for approx. one second to activate icon-slaveA.gif for Auto Slave Flash mode or icon-slaveA.gif for Manual Slave Flash mode indicated in the LCD panel. If icon-slaveA.gif is shown, press the MODE to set the Manual Slave Flash mode with icon-slaveA.gif indication. Aperture is determined by the guide number and flash shooting distance. You can control exposure by varying flash-to-subject distance. (Test shooting is recommended.). Effective range of the SB-50DX’s light sensor in the Manual Slave Flash mode is approx. 40m (131 ft.).

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In the Manual Slave Flash mode, the light sensor on the slave SB-50DX becomes very sensitive; manual wireless multiple flash shooting may be performed even if the light sensor is not facing the master flash unit. Set flash mode on the master flash unit to TTL auto flash mode without Monitor pre-flash, non-TTL auto or Manual. (Usable flash mode depends on camera/Speedlight combination.

Multiple Flash Operation Using the Infrared Remote Commander With the Infrared Filter SW-9IR, you can use the master SB-50DX unit as an infrared remote commander to perform wireless multiple flash operation. With the SW-9IR attached, the master SB-50DX unit fires infrared rays that do not expose normal film to trigger the slave SB-80DX, 50DX, 30 unit or other slave flash unit (with the SU-4) to illuminate the subject without master flash unit lighting.

Multiple flash operation using the infrared remote commander 1. Attach the Infrared Filter SW-9IR to the SB-50DX flash head. Attach the SW-9IR so that it fits into the grooves on the flash head. To remove the SW-9IR, pull it out from the groove on one side. 2. Attach the SB-50DX to the camera body for use as a master flash unit. Before attaching the SB-50DX, turn off the SB-50DX and camera. Do not use the camera’s built-in Speedlight. 3. Shoot following the same procedure as in wireless multiple flash operation without infrared remote commander Press the SLAVE button on the SB-50DX (master flash unit) for approx. 1 sec. to set the Speedlight to Wireless Flash mode. Use another SB-80DX, 50DX, 30 and/or other Speedlight with the SU-4. as slave flash unit(s).

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With the SW-9IR attached to the master SB-50DX, the effective range of the light sensor on the slave flash unit is approx. 7m (23 ft.) in the Auto Slave Flash mode or approx. 40m (131 ft.) in the Manual Slave Flash mode
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Carrying the Infrared Filter SW-9IR When not used, the SW-9IR can be placed on top of the flash head. Fit the SW-9IR into the grooves on the flash head.

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Double-Flash Operation By attaching the SB-50DX to a camera that has a built-in Speedlight, you can easily perform double-flash operation

Double-flash operation with built-in Speedlight (with the SB-50DX in horizontal position)

1. Attach the SB-50DX to the camera body and release the camera’s built-in Speedlight. Set the flash head in the horizontal position. Release the camera’s built-in Speedlight. The camera Speedlight detecting lever detects that the camera’s built-in Speedlight is activated. The LCD panel shows indicating the horizontal position of the SB-50DX flash head and indicating the built-in Speedlight. 2. Set the zoom-head position (p. 16) on the SB-50DX. (For the angle of coverage of the camera’s built-in Speedlight. Angle of coverage of the built-in Speedlight Angle of coverage of the SB-50DX The usable focal length of the lens should be determined by the angle coverage of the camera’s built-in Speedlight. With a zoom lens, select the zoom position so that it is within the angle of coverage of the built-in Speedlight. With a CPU lens and cameras of Group I, II or Nikon Digital SLR, the zoom-head position is automatically adjusted by the Power Zoom function.. When the Power Zoom is not activated with camera/lens combination in use, manually set the zoom-head position so that it corresponds to the angle of coverage of the lens’ focal length. 3. Shoot following the same procedure as in normal TTL auto flash operation Set the flash mode on the SB-50DX to TTL auto. With F65-series/N65-series set to AUTO mode or Vari-Program, built-in Speedlight does not fire even when it is up. In double-flash operation with the Nikon F70-series/N70 or PRONEA 600i/PRONEA 6i camera, see "When using the Nikon F70-series/N70 or PRONEA 600i/PRONEA 6i" on

Multiple Flash Operation Using Cords TTL multiple flash operation using cords 1. Turn off all the Speedlights and connect the TTL multiple flash terminals with the optional TTL Multi-Flash Sync Cord SC-18/ SC-19 The SB-50DX does not come with a TTL multiple flash terminal. Use the optional TTL Remote Cord SC-17/SC-24 for TTL multiple flash operation.

Using SB-50DX or SB-23 as a slave flash unit When using the SB-50DX or SB-23 as a slave flash unit in TTL multiple flash operation using cords, the SB-50DX or SB-23 may turn off during since the standby function of the Speedlight cannot be canceled. Use of the SB-50DX or SB-23 as a slave flash unit is not recommended.

Notes on TTL multiple flash operation using cords Take care that the combined total of the coefficients (numbers shown in parentheses below) for all Speedlights used at any one time does not exceed 20 at 20°C (68°F) or 13 at 40°C (104°F). (One coefficient equals approx. 70 mA.)

SB-80DX (1) SB-50DX (1) SB-30 (1) SB-29s (1) SB-29 (1)
SB-28 (1) SB-28DX (1) SB-27 (1) SB-26 (1) SB-25 (1)
SB-24 (1) SB-23 (4) SB-22 (6) SB-22s (6) SB-21 (4)
SB-20 (9) SB-17 (4) SB-16 (4) SB-15 (4) SB-14 (1)
SB-11 (1) SB-140 (1)

In multiple flash operation, if the electronic current in the synchro circuit exceeds a certain level, you man not be able to take a second shot after taking the first one. In this case, turn off each of the Speedlights once or turn the master flash unit off and disconnect it from the camera. This resets the circuits so that you can resume shooting.

Accessories for Multiple Flash Operation To perform TTL multiple flash operation, use the following optional accessories.

Wireless Slave Flash Controller SU-4 The SU-4 enables a Speedlight other than the SB-80DX, 50DX and 30 to be used as a slave flash unit to perform wireless multiple flash operation

Bracket SK-7 The SK-7 is used to position the camera and SB-50DX horizontally for multiple flash operation. Use the TTL Multi-Flash Adapter AS-10 to attach the SB-50DX on the Bracket SK-7.

TTL Remote Cord SC-17 (approx. 1.5m/4.9 ft.)/SC-24 (approx. 1.5m/4.9 ft.) Use the SC-17/SC-24 for off-camera TTL auto flash operation or TTL multiple flash operation with the SB-50DX. Two TTL multiple flash terminals and one tripod socket are provided. For F5 cameras with the DW-30/DW-31 finder or for F4 cameras with the DW-20/DW-21 finder, use the SC-24.

TTL Multi-Flash Sync Cord SC-18 (approx. 1.5m/4.9 ft.)/SC-19 (approx. 3m/9.8 ft.) Use the SC-18 or SC-19 cord to connect the Speedlights via the TTL multiple flash terminal (on the AS-10, SC-17, etc.) for TTL multiple flash operation.

TTL Multi-Flash Adapter AS-10 The TTL Multi-Flash Adapter AS-10 can be connected to perform TTL multiple flash operation using cords for slave flash Speedlight units that do not have TTL multiple flash terminals. However, in TTL multiple flash operation using cords, use of the SB-50DX (or SB-23) as a slave flash unit is not recommended. The tripod socket of the AS-10 enables stable placement of the Speedlight unit on a tripod or Bracket SK-7 in wireless multiple flash operation. Note: Three multiple flash terminals are provided on the AS-10.


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Notes on Batteries:

Use two CR123A or DL123A type lithium batteries
Use two fresh CR123A or DL123A type lithium batteries. Do not mix different types of batteries. Change the batteries well before the end of their life and prepare spare batteries before important photographic occasions.
Turn the SB-50DX’s power off when changing batteries Turn the SB-50DX’s power off before changing batteries and insert the batteries with + and - ends positioned correctly. Stains on the battery poles may cause lack of contact. Wipe the batteries well with a dry cloth before installing.
Use fresh batteries at low temperatures Battery power diminishes at extremely low temperatures and the SB-50DX may not function properly with old batteries. Use a fresh set of batteries at low temperatures, keep spare batteries warm, and use them alternately. Flash recycling time slows down and number of firings per set of batteries becomes less at low temperatures. However, battery power usually recovers when the temperature returns to normal.
Warning: Do not throw batteries into a fire or short circuit batteries Do not throw batteries into a fire. Do not short, disassemble, heat or charge batteries.

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Microcomputer of the SB-50DX The SB-50DX is electronically controlled by a microcomputer. In certain cases, the microcomputer may not correctly control the SB-50DX even with fresh, properly installed batteries. In the same way, incorrect indications may appear in the LCD panel. In each of these cases, to resume operation, remove and reinstall the batteries with the SB-50DX turned on.

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If -- blinks in place of zoom-head position indication Zoom-head cannot be set. Turn off the SB-50DX and camera, detach the SB-50DX from the camera and reattach it, then turn both units on. If operation is not resumed, contact an authorized Nikon dealer or service center.

Blinking ZOOM and mm indications in the LCD panel ZOOM and mm blink when performing double flash operation with F70-series/N70 or PRONEA 600i/PRONEA 6i cameras; however this does not indicate any malfunction. When performing double-flash operation with F80-series/N80-series cameras, Power Zoom function may not operate properly in rare cases. In this case ZOOM and mm blink in the SB-50DX’s LCD panel; turn the SB-50DX power off and then turn it on again.

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TTL auto flash shooting distance range (ft.) Usable film speeds, usable apertures and flash shooting distance ranges in the TTL auto flash mode are as follows: (14mm zoom-head position with the wide-flash adapter) For example, if you select f/8 with an ISO 400 film at 35mm zoom-head position, flash shooting distance range would be 2.0-18 ft.

Technical Specification for Nikon SB-50DX AF-TTL Speedlight

Electronic construction: Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry.
Guide number (ISO 100, m/ft.):
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Angle of coverage: Variable in four steps, plus one-step with wide-flash adapter.
Flash duration Approximately 1/1800 sec. at manual full output.

Bounce capacity Flash head tilts up to 90° or down to - 18° with click stops at 90°, 75°, 50°, 0° and - 18°.
Power switch ON/OFF button is provided; pressing the ON/OFF button for approx. 0.3 sec. turns the SB-50DX on or off. When the SB-50DX is not used for approx. 40 sec., the standby function activates and the SB-50DX automatically turns off to conserve battery power.
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Flash exposure control/type of TTL/D-TTL auto flash Pressing the MODE button changes flash mode/type of TTL/D-TTL auto flash.

Power source Two CR123A or DL123A type 3V lithium batteries.
Recycling time and Minimum recycling type: approx. 3.5 sec. with fresh batteries. number of flashes Number of flashes and recycling time: 260 times or more (Manual flash mode) with 3.5 to 30 sec. recycling time. (With AF-Assist Illuminator, Power Zoom function and LCD panel illuminator not activated.)
AF-Assist Automatically fires LED beam toward subject when performing Illuminator autofocus in dim light or in the dark with Nikon AF cameras.
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Lights up when SB-50DX is charged and ready to fire. Blinks when flash fires at its maximum output, indicating light may have been insufficient (in TTL/D-TTL auto flash mode).
FLASH button Pressing FLASH button performs test firing. Pressing the button turns the SB-50DX on again after the unit has been automatically turned off by the standby function.
Wide-flash adapter Allows the SB-50DX to be used with 14mm lenses.
Diffuser Attach diffuser to the camera’s built-in Speedlight for double-flash (bounce) operation.
Sound monitor The SB-50DX emits a single beep when it is charged and ready-to fire in wireless multiple flash operation. The SB-50DX emits two beeps when it has fired properly in wireless multiple flash operation. The SB-50DX emits beeps for 3 sec. after it has fired at maximum output or improperly fired in TTL wireless multiple flash operation in the Auto Slave Flash mode.
Light sensor Senses light received from the master flash unit in wireless multiple flash operation.

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Wireless Flash mode
Auto Slave Flash Effective range Approx. 7m (23 ft.)
Manual Slave Flash Effective range Approx. 40m (131 ft.)

Infrared Filter SW-9IR Enables you to use the SB-50DX as an infrared remote commander.
Lock lever Prevents the SB-50DX from accidentally slipping off the camera.
LCD panel illuminator Turned on and off every time the SLAVE button is pressed; automatically turns off after approx. 16 sec. when the SB-50DX is not in use.

Backside indications Light-condensing paint is applied to the characters and symbols.
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 63 x 107 x 105 mm (2.5 x 4.2 x 4.1 in.)
Weight (without batteries) Approx. 235g (8.3 oz.)
Accessories supplied Soft Case SS-50, Infrared Filter SW-9IR

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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:
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
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/nikonfmount/lens2.htm
http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html

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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).

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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.

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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.

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