Nikon SB-22

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This Nikon pre-CLS flash is for all intents and purposes generic flash units 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.

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

It also has a special MD mode (manual flash with Motor Drive). At the MD setting, it is able to recycle fast enough to synchronize with a motor-driven camera firing continuously up to 6 frames per second, allowing up to four full flash pictures in rapid succession.

Coverage is 35 mm (FX), but there is a built-in wide flash adapter that gives 28 mm coverage.

Comes with soft case SS-22. Can be used with optional DC Unit SD-7 and Battery Pack SD-8.


Generic flash.
Head: Fixed 28, 35mm coverage.
Swivel & tilt: no swivel, -7° to +90° tilt.
Exposure modes: Auto, Varipower, RPT, OTF.
Manual settings: 1/1 and 1/10 (2 steps).
No built-in wireless modes.
Features: Ext. power.
Trigger voltage: 4.6 volt.
Batteries: 4xAA.
Field upgradable: No.
Dimensions: 68 x 105 x 80 mm, 250 g.
Guide number (ISO 100, meter): 25.

Production: 1987-1998, replaced by: Nikon SB-22s.

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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