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 SB-910 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, SB-300 because they are all controlled from the camera menu. Possibly Nikon SB-600 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.


Use external flash Nikon Canon cameras are very easy. With flashes SB-800, SB-900, SB-910 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

  • Dmitriy

    I had no idea about this ... I thought that he was made for maximum incompatibility ...

  • kiev_poznyaki

    Dmitry, this is also a discovery for me. Thanks to the author, we learned a lot.

  • Az

    I tried on the contrary the Canon Speedlite 430EX on the Nikon D90. Even in the manual there are some puffs, but even at the maximum power set, its influence is almost imperceptible.

  • Maksim

    Hello. SB-600 s
    The Canon-1100D doesn’t want to work through the boot, but through the Polaroid radios for Nikon it works wonderfully in manual mode.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Yes everything is correct. I didn’t even suspect that so many people did not know about it. To ignite the flash in manual mode, a central sync contact is sufficient. It was in this way that I shot the morning performance in the kindergarten for a child on the Canon 60D, although there was no native flash. There are only Nikon SB-700 and SB-910, but what's the difference? The result was the most ordinary manual puff, and powerful enough (SB-910) to perfectly illuminate the large hall.

  • Alexey

    This is idiocy! Nikon's flash will not go to canon! Even the super-versatile SB-800! I checked!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is not true. When checking, you most likely were just inattentive :)

      • Alexander

        Hello. Will the nissin di 622 from nikon flash work on my canon 650 at least in manual mode? I just bought a worker at a flea market for 500 rubles but with a burned out lamp. I think it makes sense to do a lamp replacement? I want to put on canon 430 ex 2. the lamp is not expensive on a china site. about 300-400 rubles.

    • Lynx

      was it not fate to transfer to the manual mode with TTL? )))

    • 1

      Go in modes M, A

  • I swear by mom!


  • Sergei

    SB-400 is not ignited by the mechanical button on the extension cord attached to the shoe of the native camera. Apparently she even needs a special command from the camera to trigger it. When shooting with this cord everything is fine. As indicated in the review, it will not work with Canon.

  • Yuriy75

    I recently installed Canon 430EX on Zenith ET, it works like a pretty one only in manual mode :)

  • stegosaurus

    I don’t know about compatibility… But the center contact in manual flash mode should work for everyone and always. I myself used a Chinese yn467 (i-ttl nikon) with a camera, works out with a bang.

  • Alexey

    I tried from Nikon with SB700 to set fire to the Nissin 622 for Canon, through a light trap, the Nissin impulse was delayed and did not appear in the photo, although the puff worked.

  • Alexander

    Hello. Will the nissin di 622 from nikon flash work on my canon 650 at least in manual mode? I just bought a worker at a flea market for 500 rubles but with a burned out lamp. I think it makes sense to do a lamp replacement? I want to put on canon 430 ex 2. the lamp is not expensive on a china site. about 300-400 rubles.

  • novel

    My Canon 430EX II works fine in manual mode on the Nicon D610.

  • novel

    Typo: Nikon

  • Dmitriy

    Hello everybody. Tell me, can I set the Canon flash on (in slave mode) with the built-in flash of the Nikon D7000 camera using the light channel ?!

  • Alexander

    Good day. And how compatible flash for CANON with other cameras, for example PENTAX? It is clear that TTL will not work, otherwise it will do?

  • anonym

    Thank you !!! I already wanted to sell a flash of Nikon!) Now I connected cheers!) Now on the canon there is Nikon-puff)

  • Salavat

    And I have a solid international both among flashes and among lenses and carcasses) Only carcasses from Nikon do not want to be friends with foreign glasses. But this is already in the Nikon's blood and genes))) Apparently it is not for nothing that a certain other Nikon, who is a patriarch, was a schismatic known to everyone)

    • Valery A.

      So that’s why the Japanese are so called!

  • Alexey


    Tell me please. I have a Canon camera (5D4) and I have a Nikon flash (SB-700). On the camera, the flash works in the manual.
    But I want to synchronize them remotely. Is the Yongnuo RF-603 II suitable for this?
    If so, which version to take, for Canon, or the one for Nikon?

    Thank you.

  • Andrei

    Good day! Please tell me the flash Nikon speedlight SB24 can be friends with the Canon 1200?

  • Dmitriy

    And I once ruined the electronics of a Canon EOS-1N - after using the sb-28 on it I got a serious “floating” glitch. Fortunately, the camera was still under warranty - it was simply replaced for me. I didn't experiment like that anymore.

  • Seryoga Kolba_SA

    Brilliant, I really thought to merge sb900, but here on those ... The author - not that gratitude to you - a HUGE UNIVERSAL SPA-SI-BA !!! Be healthy, let everything pass by in life, except for good luck, happiness and intimacy !!!

  • Jury

    good day! I have a Canon 800d + Nikon camera. chi pіdіyde tsey synchronizer for such a set ?!

  • Alex

    He killed the motherboard on the Olympus OM D-E10 with a Nikon SB-910 flash, apparently connected it in the on state. At the same time, the camera has dancing, but controls the flash in manual mode through the Yungnau 622 synchronizer.

  • Alexey

    One important circumstance was not noted here, which was casually mentioned in manuals for kenon cameras, but which is usually ignored by everyone when reading the manual - when shooting in Live View mode, you must turn off (off) the "silent shooting" mode, otherwise a simple flash, like and a simple synchronizer operating only on the center contact will not work.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you!

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