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I just bought a SB-19 simply because it was cheap and I think it will work on my D700. I never used any flash at all besides the built in and even that I likely have used less then 10 times.
I just wanted something cheap to play with.

Will this work on the D700 and what types of things would this be used for? Anyone know a guide for using and applying this type of flash
 
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I just bought a SB-19 simply because it was cheap and I think it will work on my D700. I never used any flash at all besides the built in and even that I likely have used less then 10 times.
I just wanted something cheap to play with.

Will this work on the D700 and what types of things would this be used for? Anyone know a guide for using and applying this type of flash


The manual is here: http://www.cameramanuals.org/flashes_meters/nikon_speedlight_sb-19.pdf

With a D700? I am sorry to say that it seems a big mistake. Probably not an expensive one, but pointless. No TTL of course, and it does not even have a manual mode. You might make it flash, but you will have no control. The cameras internal flash will be greatly more useful instead.

It seems such a shame... Clearly, the D700 is awesome, your pictures are awesome, your skill is awesome. The SB-19 however is NOT awesome. :smile: It is 25 years out of date, it simply cannot do anything your modern and awesome camera can do. It is not even that it is so old, it simply has no usable features (like Manual mode).

If you can make it flash, it should be about one stop more powerful than the internal flash, however it cannot do TTL like the internal flash can do. Or even Manual flash like the internal flash can do. The cameras flash compensation cannot work with it.

Flash photography is great stuff to learn. Not really for the uses like the great pictures you posted, but for the kids in the house, or for fill flash on humans in bright sunlight, for all that type of standard thing. There are many ways to use flash. However, your pictures are hardly "standard" though. :smile:

If you need more than the internal flash (more power, or bounce capabilty), then to fit into today's digital CLS system, on page 378 of the D700 English manual is the section "CLS-Compatible Flash Units". Then it can be awesome. :smile: The little SB-400 power will not be the best choice for ceiling bounce, and cannot be used as an external flash, but even it will run big circles around the SB-19, in every way.

In regard to salvaging older flashes in Manual mode, also page 381 is "Other Flash Units". It includes SB-15, SB-16A, SB-20, but it omits SB-19. Seems significant.
 
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Thanks a lot Wayne for both the info and compliments. Very helpful and unfortunately bad news. It was only 20$ so I am not worried about it. I was just excited to give external flash a try without spending a lot. overall I don't see myself using it a lot for the type of photography I do, but I don't know till I try.
Maybe one day I will get a SB600 or so, but in Peru they are about double the price. I find deals on lenses and bodies here but some reason never the flashes
 
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Your portfolio is excellent! Like Wayne said, I do not see where flash would have helped with any of your shots, as you seem to be a master of available light!

Flash is fun and with my D700 I use an 23 year old SB-24, along with newer SB 800's and SB 900's. Flashes from the SB-24 and newer (in the same full size) will work with the D700, providing you have the right triggers. The one drawback to the SB-24 is that it does not have a light sensor for wireless remote. But Wayne's page on triggers solved that:
http://www.scantips.com/lights/trigger.html

SB-24 can be had on Adorama.com or KEH.com for just over $50.

As far as learning about using speedlights, NikonUsa.com has some excellent video's online.

http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-E...s/g7jz8vfo/1/Six-Steps-to-Lighting-Magic.html

James
 

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