Nikon SB-28

Check availablity: Adorama, BH, eBay.

The SB-28 replaced the SB-26 as Nikon's top of the line flash in 1997. Unfortunately, the SU-4 built-in optical wireless trigger is no longer part of the package, but compared to the SB-26, the new design is lighter, more compact, and with improved weather protection. The SB-28 is built like a tank, and very reliable.

It has a legacy TTL 3-pin terminal and a pc-socket.

This Nikon pre-CLS flash is for all intents and purposes a generic flash unit when used on any DSLR. Its legacy Nikon OTF TTL-mode is incompatible with CLS, but it will work fine in manual and non-TTL auto mode.


Generic flash.
Head: 18, 24-85mm coverage, power zoom (manual).
Swivel & tilt: -180° to +180° swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, Varipower, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1, 1/2 to 1/64 in 1/3 EV steps (17 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Env. seals, Sync. socket, Ext. power, Bounce card, Strobist.
Trigger voltage: 3.5 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 69 x 128 x 90 mm, 320 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):364250
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Production: 1997-1999.

For a detailed explanation of the above specifications, see the guide.



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Established: 1917
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
Web: Global, EU, US, man

Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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