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Using a Canon flash with a Nikon body...

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by lupedelupe, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Just wondering... how compatible are the Canon flashes (say a 580EX) with Nikon (DSLR) bodies...

  2. Hello, welcome to the Cafe.

    You may have a voltage issues which could damage both units. Having said that, you probably could fire manual only, no TTL.

    Personally, I would not take the risk with the voltage issues just for manual mode? Buy a used Nikon Speedlight or a radio trigger...
  3. Hmmm... as I feared. Thank you kindly mdnativ.
  4. WayneF


    Apr 3, 2006

    Not at all compatible on the hot shoe. Different systems. Hot shoe has the large center trigger pin (which is compatible) and a few extra pins (not compatible). The extra pins on the hot shoe are very different between Nikon and Canon. Here is a link that shows the differences: http://www.seacamusa.com/hotshoe-pins.shtml#nikon Guessing, probably there would be no damage, but it cannot work right on the hot shoe.

    However, it or any flash should be compatible (in manual mode) on a PC sync cord or with optical or radio trigger. The one caution is that some old flashes have excessively high sync voltage for the PC cord, but that should not be applicable to either the Nikon or Canon speedlights.
  5. Thanks for the info and link Wayne.
    Have an SB-?? stashed somewhere, just can't find the darn thing!
  6. some nice radio triggers out there. low/cheaper end ebay triggers - cactus triggers.
  7. Weston


    Dec 29, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    I tried there most basic flash on my D40, but it would only fire at full power.
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