Nikon SB-27

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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.

To work in non-TTL Auto mode on a modern DSLR, the SB-27 must be placed in Forced A mode. (To do this, switch the flash mode selector from “off” to “auto” while holding down the “zoom” button. The “A” indicator in the LCD panel will blink to indicate that the SB-27 is in Forced A mode. See p. 70 on the SB-27 user manual for an illustration, or this Nikon support note).

No tilt or swivel, but a built-in bounce card may be used to direct flash upwards or sideways.

Comes with soft case SS-27.


Generic flash.
Head: 20, 24-50mm coverage, power zoom (manual).
Swivel & tilt: no.
Exposure modes: Auto, Varipower, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 to 1/16 in 1 EV steps (5 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: LCD, Sync. socket, Ext. power, Bounce card.
Trigger voltage: 4.5 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Flash duration: 1/1000 sec. @ 1/1 (full output).
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 107 x 70 x 97 mm, 340 g.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=max
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):303434
GNs taken from manufacturer's specifications.

Discontinued: Yes.

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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