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Ideal Compact Accessory Speedlight:
Featuring a 24mm to 50mm Auto-Zoom
Head and full TTL controls.
Autofocus Speedlight
Creative Lighting Made Easy
Innovative Design: Operates in
combination with Nikon’s built-in SLR
speedlights providing increased power.
Easy two-light on camera TTL flash system SB-50DX in bounce position and built-in
speedlight operating with TTL precision.
Compact and Powerful: Guide Number
of 72 (ISO 100/feet) at 35mm position when
used as accessory speedlight. Combined
Guide Number of 82 (ISO 100/feet) when
used in combination with N80 or N65’s
built-in speedlight.
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash:
With D1 Series, F5, F100, N90s and N80
35mm AF SLR cameras. Matrix Balanced
Fill-Flash with N65.
Wireless Slave Flash with TTL Auto
Control: Perfect for multiple flash set-ups.
Operates with other Nikon TTL speedlights
as well as built-in speedlights on N80 and
N65. Can be used on camera to trigger other
off-camera Nikon TTL speedlights using
SW-9IR filter provided.
Close-Up Flash Photography Made
Easy: Minus 18 degree tilt position of
SB-50DX accommodates AF Nikkor lenses
engaged in close-up to a mere 11.8 inches
New Safety Lock System: Locking
system assures positive contact between
SB-50DX and SLR in use.
14mm Wide Flash Adapter: Wide Flash
adapter for use with lenses as wide as 114°
angle of view.
Flash Compensation: Built-in Flash
compensation from +/-3EV in 1/3 EV Steps
AF Assist Illuminator: Illuminator
automatically lights up when light is
insufficient for accurate autofocus.
Note: TTL multiple flash not possible with D1. Instead set all
speedlights to manual power mode.
Autofocus Speedlight Specifications:
Type of speedlight:
TTL auto flash speedlight with built-in AF Illuminator
Guide number:
72 in feet at ISO 100 when used as accessory.
82 when used in combination with built-in speedlight on N65 or N80.
Bounce capability:
Flash head tilts up to 90 o or down to minus 18 o with click stops at 90 o, 75 o, 50 o, 0 o and -18 o
Flash exposure control:
Following Modes are available:
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1: Includes 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1, MultiSensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1, Center Weighted Fill-Flash for D1 or Standard TTL for D1; specific
function employed depends on the lens in use
Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi-Sensor: 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, MultiSensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash, Center Weighted Fill-Flash/Spot Fill-Flash, Manual
Power Mode for F5, F100, N90s, N80 or N65
Flash Output Compensation: +3 EV to –3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Wireless Control: Can be used off camera with TTL control to approx. 23 feet. Up to approx.140 feet in
manual mode
Slow and Rear Curtain Sync: Controlled from camera position. Camera sets exposure from 30
seconds to highest sync speed to balance
Ready Light:
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 auto flash mode)
Wide Flash Adapter:
Allows the SB-50DX to be used with lenses as wide as 14mm
LCD Indications:
3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash, Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash, Flash Output
Compensation, Flash Zoom Head Position, Audible Alert Warning, No AF-Illuminator, AM, Slave Function
IR Filter:
Supplied filter enables SB-50DX to be used as a remote commander
Light Sensor:
Senses light received from the
Wireless Slave Flash Mode
Auto Slave Flash
Manual Slave Flash
Power source:
Two CR 123A Lithium batteries
Number of flashes
per set of batteries:
Approx. 260 flashes in manual mode
(W x H x D) 2.5 x 4.2 x 4.1 in.
Approx. 8.46 oz.
Provided Accessories:
SW-91R IR Filter, SS-30 Soft Case
Product number:
master flash unit in wireless multiple flash operation
Effective Range
Approx. 23 feet
Approx. 130 feet
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