Nikon SB-16

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The Nikon SB-16 consists of two parts: The flash unit and a flash unit coupler with a mounting foot. The AS-8 coupler has the Nikon proprietary foot used on the F3-series of SLRs, while the AS-9 coupler has a standard ISO foot. The flash is also known as SB-16A (with the AS-8 coupler) and SB-16B (with the AS-9 coupler).

Two auto aperture settings (f/4 and f/8 at ISO 100).

Comes with wide-flash adapter SW-7 (for 24 mm coverage) and soft case SS-16.


Generic flash.
Head: 28-85mm coverage, manual zoom.
Swivel & tilt: -180° to 90° swivel, 0° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, Varipower, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 and 1/16 (2 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Sync. socket.
Trigger voltage: 4.2 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: No.

Zoom head setting:f=35mmf=50mmf=maxSubflash
Guidenumber (ISO 100, meter):3238428
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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