Classic SLRs Series :
Nikon SB-7E Speedlight Unit
Both SB-7E and SB-8E Speedlights were introduced in 1977, and they were designed to be a carry-along compact flash. The calculator disc, which indicates which two f/stops are automatic, is on top of the flash. The f/number setting slider, which selects the automatic stop (or sets the flash to manual operation) is on its front. On the back, from left to right are the on/off switch, ready-light/open-flash button, and swiveling foot mount. The three slots on the bottom accept either sync cord SC-6 or -7, or the SF-1 attachment.
The dedication with the F2 series bodies are confined to provide a flash ready light in the F2 finder with its special F2-flash mounting foot. Along with the SB-2, these two flash units remain as the true made-for-F2 portable compact flash units.
These two speedlights are essentially identical - except the flash mounting foot they have. The SB-7E is designed specifically for F2 cameras while the SB-8E has a standard ISO-type foot.
You've read the numbers; the SB-7E is also essentially the same flash as the earlier Nikon SB-2 Speedlight, but in a slightly different package and a bit simplified. Nikon lopped off the middle automatic f/stop of f/5.6 and the AC socket; both moves make sense, especially as these flashes were meant to be portable and as simple as possible. One really, really minor point is that the SB-2 can accommodate up to two additional SB-2/3's (one on an SE-2, the other with an SC-5/6/7, and the main one mounted via the F/F2 hot shoe or AS-2), while the SB-7E can only accommodate one more SB-7E/8E (via an SE-2). I guess you might miss the extra flash if you have a difficult macro lighting setup; otherwise, I don't think you'll have any problems.
Other than that, operation of the SB-7E is essentially the same as that for the SB-2. Note that the battery clips are not interchangeable between the SB-7E and SB-2.
Specifications for Nikon SB-7E Speedlight:
Light Output Control: silicon controlled rectifier and series circuitry
Guide Number: 25m (81ft) for ASA 100 film on manual
Number of Flashes (manual setting): 60 (zinc-carbon batteries); 160 (alkaline-manganese batteries)
Recycling Time (manual setting): approx. 8 sec.
Angle of Coverage: 56 deg. horizontal, 40 deg. vertical (Speedlight positioned horizontally)
Automatic f/ Numbers: Choice of two - f/4, f/8 with ASA 100 film Automatic Shooting Range: 0.6-6m (2-20ft) at f/4; 0.6-3m (2-10ft) at f/8 Power Source: four 1.5V AA-type batteries
Ready-light: provided, doubles as open-flash button
Synch Socket for Eyepiece Pilot Lamp: provided
Ready-light Contact for F2 Series Camera Finders: provided
Flash Foot: tilts through an arc of 180 deg.
Dimensions and Weight: 110 x 79 x 37mm (w/o mounting foot); 300g without batteries
Accessories: soft case SS-7; sync cord SC-6; sync cord SC-7; sync cord SC-10; extension cord SE-2; flash unit coupler AS-2; Nikkormat accessory shoe; eyepiece pilot lamp SF-1; wide-flash adapter SW-2; (spare) battery holder.
The flash ready light beside the prism will communicate with suitable Nikon flash for F2 to provide viewfinder readylight signal for flash charge status. The rectangle in blue are the electrical contacts for EE apertue control unit.
Other Nikon speedlights such as SB-3, SB-4, SB-8E, SB-9, SB-10, SB-15, SB-16B etc. may also be used only when you use the right flash coupler. Nikon flash units designed for the F3 can also be used via different adapter (AS-5). The powerful handle mount TTL flash such as the SB-11 or SB-14 introduced in later years may be used via adapter and appropriate sync cord too (For Non-TTL flash automatic flash, you can SC-13 for any Nikon flash with standard ISO hot shoe mount on a AS-1 flash coupler on your F2s. Why ? because flash mounted in a bracket usually requires a separate electrical cord to make the electrical connection between camera body and flash unit.). How about the current autofocus flash ? can they be used with the Nikon F2 ? Why not ? As long as there is no contacts between the remaining flash contacts other than the main contact, you can use them safely on the F2/AS-1 combination. However, since some of the selective Nikon AF flash provide only dedicated AF and TTL function, avoid using them for unpredictable results.
Although flash-on-camera is not often the best way to use flash, nevertheless, it is very popular because of its convenience. If assuming we gave up the flash "dedication", What are the compromises ? Err... let me ask you this: How important the flash readylight function in the eyepiece is to you ? If you cannot live without the convenience of the readylight light to remind you the flash is ready, then those flash units with that specific dedicated function may be are the units just for you; but if you can live live without it, the AS-1 coupler used with the more "universal" ISO-type flash units (Regardless of whether it is a Nikon-made or even a cheaper third party model) seem more like a logical choice. In short, other than the few units we mentioned earlier, you need not have to buy a specific Nikon-branded flash for your F2.
To setup your F2 for more technical session such as multiple flash photography, you would need conventional way of either manual or auto flash setup. For two flashes, you may use accessory shoe mount unit with a cable connection via the sync terminal (PC socket). Additional units may require sync cord/adapter or using slave units.
The F2's maximum sync speed of 1/80 sec is * NOT particularly suitable for totally eliminating chances of image ghosting in fill flash photography. In situations when operating flash for strongly backlit subject, the slower sync speed of F2 is less desirable for pin sharp fill flash pictures. However, with a little care and experience and to avoid handling flash in excessively strong light source, you may still able to achieve satisfactory results. In some of the creative application, such drawback of moderate (or slower) sync speed can also be an advantage to add some sense of movement in your flash photography.
Additional Supplementary info* Referred to an updated site for more info on focal plane shutter and how it affects flash photography: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/fototech/focalplane/index.htm
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