Using Nikon Speedlights on Canon

There is already an article on Radozhiv about using Nikon lenses on Canon cameras, and in the same article we will talk about the use of external Nikon flashes on Canon cameras.

Using Nikon Speedlights on Canon

Using Nikon Speedlights on Canon

There is absolutely nothing complicated in making work external flash Nikon Speedlight with Canon EOS Camera. Hot shoes of Nikon and Canon external flash units mechanically compatible... Thus, any Nikon Speedlight can be easily installed in the camera's hot shoe and fixed as it should - with a conventional latch.

But electronically, of course, Nikon Speedlights are not compatible with Canon cameras. This means that the camera will not know that the flash is on it, and the flash will not receive data from the camera. It doesn't matter, as Nikon Speedlights can only work with one central sync contact.

Nikon Speedlights come in handy with the 'M' manual power control mode. To do this, on the flash, you just need to set the desired power from 1/128 (minimum) to 1/1 (full). When the camera shutter is released, the flash will emit a light pulse of the specified power. By trial and error, you can very quickly achieve the correct exposure.

Mode 'M' can be simplified, switching to 'GN' modein which the flash menu will need to specify the distance to the subject, the focal length of the lens, the ISO sensitivity value and aperture value. The flash will pick up the power of the light pulse automatically.

If manual flash control may seem difficult, you can use aperture-priority auto flash (without the need for TTL). In this mode, in the flash menu, you will need to set the ISO, aperture and focal length parameters at which shooting will be carried out, and the flash power will be selected by the flash independently. This is a very convenient auto mode.

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Nikon Speedlight SB-910 on Canon EOS 350D camera with Industar-50-2 lens

Nikon Speedlight S on a Canon EOS camera 350D with Industar-50-2 3,5 / 50 lens

Due to the fact that I do not have a native Canon Speedlite, I use Canon and Pentax cameras with Nikon SB flashes. This is absolutely nothing difficult. I find it easiest to use flash mode 'M' and use a few test shots to determine the correct flash output.

Important: Cannot use flash with Canon cameras Nikon SB-400, S since they are all controlled from the camera menu. Maybe Nikon S will not be able to work in such an unusual combination. Also, there may be problems with some third party flash units that are designed to be used exclusively on Nikon cameras. In such an unusual combination, it will be impossible to use the high-speed sync mode and additional specific flash functions - Master mode, RPT, etc.

Results

Use external flash Nikon Canon cameras are very easy. With flashes S, S, S you can even make such a bunch work in automatic mode.

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Comments: 41, on the topic: Using Nikon Speedlights on Canon Canon

  • Vyacheslav

    good afternoon, everyone, and somebody tried a bunch of nikon d90 and nissin Di866 mark 2. is not expensive on sale, so I thought. weddings and holidays I don't bomb, only home and vacations

  • Vyacheslav

    nissin Di866 mark 2 forcanon, did not print before. question

    • Michael

      forcanon means for Canon. For Nikon, there should be a subversion.

  • Alex

    Which batteries are better to take. Sb-600
    How many amperes and capacity. Maybe the manufacturer or model is specific
    Thank you

    • Alexey

      the answer is one and only one - Eneloop.

  • Alex

    Hello. Will the Nikon radio syncronizer work in this mode on a Canon camera?

    • Michael

      In M mode, there will be

      • Alex

        Thank. I'll clarify - is this also true for studio monoblocks? If you are in the know, I would be very grateful for your answer.

        • Alexey

          Anything triggered by the center contact of the hot shoe will work with the kenon camera. however, it should be remembered that in the LV mode the ignition impulse will be applied to the central contact only if the “quiet shooting” mode is disabled. about this is written in the manual for any camera, although somewhat vaguely.

          • Alex

            Thank you very much for your answer.

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