Versatile bounce and zoom, dedicated auto and manual flash unit for Nikon film SLR cameras
- Tilting head for bounce
- 35mm-85mm zoom flash
- With 28mm wide diffuser
- Guide numbers up to 36m
- Two automatic flash modes
- Three manual flash modes
- TTL automatic flash control
- Program auto flash modes
- Dedicated to Nikon SLRs
- For manual focus and AF
- Not for any Nikon digital
- Non-dedicated on others
- Includes 4x AA batteries
- Boxed with instructions
This is a TTL auto bounce and zoom flash unit for Nikon film SLR cameras including many manual focus and AF models, but NOT Nikon digital SLRs. It can also be used on many other film or digital cameras with a standard (non-dedicated) hot shoe such as the popular Fujifilm S9500, S9600, S100FS and S200EXR types. The flash is in fully working order and very good condition, supplied complete and boxed with wide angle diffuser, instruction manual and Alkaline batteries. Please read the full description for more important information.
The bounce flash head tilts up to 90 degrees for bounce flash, giving much softer, more natural lighting than direct flash, and reducing the chance of redeye. There's also a -5 degrees setting, to avoid the flash missing the subject altogether when taking close up shots. The zoom facility adjusts for lenses from 35mm wide angle, through 50mm standard to 85mm (and longer) telephoto. This gives longer range with telephoto lenses, and better coverage with wide angles. A clip-on extra wide angle diffuser expands the coverage further for 28mm (or equivalent) lenses, and even wider ones can be used with bounce flash.
Powerful guide numbers vary from 36m (118 feet) at 85mm, through 30m (100 feet) at 50mm to 25m (80 feet) at 35mm zoom settings, and 20m (65 feet) with the wide diffuser, at ISO 100. This gives a theoretical maximum range of up to 16.7m (54 feet) with ISO 100 and a 50mm f/1.8 lens, but as with all flashguns, actual range will depend on the conditions.
TTL (Through The Lens) flash control system on suitable cameras for extremely accurate exposures. Fully automatic, dedicated operation in all exposure modes, including program where available. Two conventional auto modes are also available for cameras without TTL flash control. Thyristor circuitry is used in the auto modes for faster recycling and more flashes per set of batteries. Switchable full, one quarter and one sixteenth power manual settings are provided to reduce recycling time and avoid over exposure close up, and for creative (Strobist) applications.
A comprehensive control panel on the rear of the flash provides distances from 0.7 to 30m (2 to 90 feet), apertures from f/2 to f/32 and film speeds from ISO (ASA) 50 to 1600. A power light, ready light and test button are provided. Warning light indicates incorrect exposure after the shot has been taken (also shown in the viewfinder with some cameras). An AF illuminator helps auto focus in low light conditions with selected cameras.
This independent Miranda Nk-AF 36 flashgun is nicely made, measures around 120mm (4.5 inches) tall on the camera, and weighs only around 280g (9.8oz) without batteries. It's powered by 4x standard disposable alkaline AA batteries (supplied), and the battery compartment cover is hinged so it can't be dropped or lost. There's a locking shoe fitting for secure mounting.
An excellent flash for Nikon manual focus or AF film cameras, and many others.
Condition: Excellent+++ (8.5/10)
The flash is in very good condition and fully working order (checked on our Nikon F80 and Fujifilm S9500 cameras). All controls and movements work positively, and all features work as expected. Cosmetically it shows just the usual surface marks here and there in the plastic finish, while the battery contacts are clean, with no sign of corrosion. The box and instructions are showing signs of age but complete and legible.
No cracks, splits or deep scratches, and overall it's in nice shape.
Pictures in this listing show the actual flash offered for sale. Boxed with 28mm wide angle diffuser, instruction manual and 4x Alkaline AA batteries
Nikon AF film SLR cameras
This flash works on most Nikon 35mm AF SLR cameras including the F-401 (N4004) series, F-501 (N2020), F-601 (N6006), F-801 (N8008), F-801s (N8008s), F50 (N50), F60 (N60), F65 (N65), F70, F75 (N75), F80 (N80), F90, F90x, F4 and F5, plus the Pronea 600i APS AF SLR camera (but NOT the Pronea S, which has no external flash shoe). Fully dedicated operation including TTL flash, auto setting of shutter speed and/or aperture with viewfinder flash ready indication. The Nikon F55 (N55, Us) doesn't support TTL with external flash (see below). It's usable on the Nikon F3AF with an extra adapter (not included). The flash works with the Nikon-based Fujifilm Finepix S1 Pro and S2 Pro digital SLR cameras (but NOT the S3 Pro or S5 Pro – see below).
Nikon manual focus film SLR cameras
The flash works with dedicated operation including TTL flash, auto setting of shutter speed and viewfinder flash ready indication on TTL-capable Nikon manual focus SLR cameras, including the FE2, FM3A, FA, FG, F-301 (N2000) and F-601M (N6000). Dedicated operation with automatic setting of shutter speed and viewfinder flash ready indication on manual focus SLR cameras including the Nikon EM, FE and FG-20. Dedicated operation on the F55 (N55, Us) AF SLR camera with viewfinder flash ready indication, automatic setting of the shutter speed and aperture in program and fully auto modes (using f/4 @ ISO 100 on the flash's red auto setting), automatic shutter speed setting in A mode, and restriction of the shutter speed to 1/90th or below in M mode. Viewfinder indication of flash ready on the Nikon FM2 and FM2n. Non-dedicated operation is possible on other Nikon film cameras with a hot shoe including the EL2, FM, FM10 and FE10, Nikkormat FT-2, FT-3, EL and ELw.
Nikon digital SLR cameras
AF flash units like this one are NOT suitable for Nikon digital SLRs, Coolpix compact cameras, the Fujifilm S3 Pro or S5 Pro, which use different D-TTL and I-TTL dedicated flash control systems. The flash will not fire on these cameras.
Other cameras including digital
Not recommended for cameras with dedicated flash control (using a hot shoe with more than one contact), other than those listed above. The flash will work fine on many other cameras with a standard (non-dedicated) hot shoe, with the shutter speed and aperture set manually on the camera in M mode, and exposure controlled by the flash in non-TTL auto modes. Suitable cameras include the Panasonic FZ10, FZ20 and FZ30, Fujifilm S7000, S602 (and Pro), S9500, S9600, S100FS, S200EXR, HS10 (down to 28mm zoom), etc. The trigger voltage is a very low, safe 5.2v, which is well within the ISO 10330 standard of 24v, and even the most voltage-intolerant cameras usually accept up to 6v.