Often the SLR's and DSLR's have built-in flashes. For in the room are often enough The Leitzahl the built-in flashes is usually around the 10. Will man it better illuminate one comes around a Zusatzblitz not around it.

Unfortunately, the old flashguns (analogue ages) no longer fit 100% to the new DSLRs. And vice versa, it is not.



From the analog time I have 2 Nikonblitze for the Nikon SLR Cameras F-401x, F-801s, F90 and F100.

1. Nikon SB-24 (guide number 36 iso 100 / m)

Nikon SB-24


2. Nikon SB-28 (guide number 36 iso100 / m)

Nikon SB-28


Technical data SB28:

flash control
Focal length positions 24-85 mm (automatic electric)
Flash head rotating and swiveling: left 180 °, right 90 °
tiltable: above 90 °, below 7 °
power supply
4 x Mignon (AA)
Focal length / GN
Guide number 42 at 50 mm focal length (ISO 100)
Status display LCD
Master function no
Slave function yes (not with pre-flash)
Second reflector available no
Modeling light flashes no
Wide angle lens available yes
Lightning reflector (bouncer) yes
Stroboscope function yes
High-speed synchronization yes
Splash protection no
LED continuous light no
Flash Connectors F-connector, Nikon system cable


Now you ask yourself why the idiot has almost 2 identical flashes. I once gave the SB-24 to a friend. I did not need it for some time and did not remember who I lent it to. We had no lightning when I needed it. Then I bought the SB-28. Later I got the flash back. The functions of the two sytemblitze are almost identical. Both have the same guide number. However, the SB-28 has a higher flash rate. And Nikon has learned the label of the rubber buttons went off with the SB-24 over time. The label on the SB-28 is above it.


 From the digital era the Nikon SB800 for the F100, D70s, D300 and D300s D500 from my cameras  it works with all digital Nikon cameras.



Specifications SB800:

flash control
Focal length positions 24-105 mm (automatic)
Flash head rotating and swiveling: left 180 °, right 90 °
tiltable: above 90 °, below 0 °
power supply
4 x Mignon (AA)
Focal length / GN
Guide number 38 at 35 mm focal length (ISO 100)
Guide number 53 at 105 mm focal length (ISO 100)
Flash exposure correction from -3 to +3 EV
Status display LCD
Master function yes
Slave function yes (not with pre-flash)
Second reflector available no
Modeling light flashes no
Wide angle lens available yes
Lightning reflector (bouncer) yes
Stroboscope function yes
High-speed synchronization yes
TTL Unleashed yes
Splash protection no
LED continuous light no
Flash Connectors Nikon system cable
Weight without batteries 350 g

Metz 64 AF1 digital (for Nikon) works with all digital cameras from Nikon.




Technical data Metz AF1 digital

Maximum guide number at ISO 100; Zoom 200 mm:
In the meter system: 64
In the Feet system: 210
Flash Modes:
i TTL, i TTL BL, i TTL FP flash mode, Manual flash mode with
Distance presetting, automatic flash mode,
Stroboscopic flash mode, matrix-controlled TTL fill-in flash,
Manual M, remote slave flash mode, servo flash mode.
Automatic iris adjustment at ISO 100/21 °:
F1.4 to F64 including intermediate values
Manual partial light outputs:
P1 / 1 to P1 / 256
P1 / 1 to P1 / 256 for high-speed synchronization HSS
Flash times see table 2 (page 327)
Color temperature: approx. 5600K
Photosensitivity: ISO 6 to ISO 51200
Low-voltage IGBT ignition
Flash number at full light output
• 140 with alkaline manganese battery (1.5V)
• 190 with NiMH batteries (1.2V / 2100 mAh)
• 290 with lithium batteries (1.5V)
• 360 with external power supply with Metz Power Pack P76

Flash time in seconds (min./max.)
• 0.1 / 4.4 with alkaline manganese battery (1.5V)
• 0.1 / 1.8 with NiMH batteries (1.2V / 2100 mAh)
• 0.1 / 4.2 with lithium batteries (1.5V)
• 0.1 / 1.6 with external power supply with Metz Power Pack P76
Illumination of the motorized zoom reflector:
From 24 mm (35 mm format 24 x 36)
From 12 mm with integrated wide-angle diffuser
(Small picture format 24 x 36).
Swivel ranges and detent positions of the reflector head:
-9 ° 45 ° 60 ° 75 ° 90 °
Horizontal counterclockwise:
60 ° 90 ° 120 ° 150 ° 180 °
Horizontal clockwise:
60 ° 90 ° 120 °
Dimensions in mm (W x H x D):
Approximately 78 x 148 x 112 cm
Speedlight without power sources: approx. 422 g
Flash unit with integrated wide-angle lens and
Reflector card, pedestal S60, bag T64, instruction manual.


flash Accessories

Metz WT-1 (wireless trigger)

metz wt1

I have deliberately positioned the Metz WT-1 Trigger System at this point.

With the system you can set and trigger by radio and a range of up to 300m system flashes from Nikon or Metz. The system is also available for other camera manufacturers. For this you have a transmitter and flash per receiver. The Metz WT-1 system comes as a kit with a transmitter and a receiver. Of course, that is expandable with better receivers. Conveniently bought you get the system kit new (as of 05/2018) for about 160 euros. More receivers are around 70 euros. Explicitly when traveling, the system in conjunction with system flashes can replace a large and heavy studio flash unit. The system can also be mounted on a tripod and there are also light shapers such as soft boxes etc. for system flashes. The big advantage is that everything is small and easy to carry. In addition, you are independent from 220v because the system flashes are equipped with batteries.


If you think about it and look around in the world of photography, there are for Example cheap light shapers. These can be used with the system flashes. This will certainly not quite reach the quality of the studio flashes but it has other advantages. One is of 230 V household electricity independently thereby the whole history for Example easy to use everywhere, furthermore, it's not all that big and as heavy as the studio flashes so it's very easy to transport. That makes the whole Equpment very mobile.

For the Canon AE-1 program the Canon Speedlite 199A




Technical Specification:

Leitzahl 34

-25-800 ASA
-4 pol.Systemblitzschuh
-3 Automatikprogramme
-1 Programm manuell

Type: High-powered shoe-mount flash; automatic, thyristor type
Guide Number: 98 (ISO 100, feet), 60 w/wide adaptor
Recycling Time: 10 seconds with Alkaline-Manganese batteries 6 seconds w/Ni-Cd batteries
Number of Flashes: 100- 1000 w/Alkaline-Manganese batteries 50-500 w/Ni-Cd batteries
Auto Flash Ranges: 3
Auto Apertures: (ISO 100) Red-f/2.8 Green-f/5.6 Yellow-f/11
Flash Coverage: For 35 mm format, covers angle of view of 35 mm lens; covers 24 mm w/adaptor
Color Temperature: Daylight
Power Source: 4 "AA (Mignon) size Alkaline or Ni-Cd batteries
Dimensions: 3-1/8 x 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 in.
Weight: 1 lb., 1-5/16 oz.


Studio flashes:

Since I have operated a homegreater for a long time, I have from the time still three Walimex VC300 per studio flash incl. Various light former.

Studioblitz Walimex VC300 pro

Technical data Walimex pro VC-300:

Battery No
Connection Tripod head on tripod Spigot
Trigger Type Photocell, synchro cable, test button
Trip voltage 5V
Automatic discharge Yes
Special features Umbrella holder
Flash duration 1/800 ~ 1 / 1200s
Flash power 300Ws
Flash tube plug-in
Width 130mm
Modeling light 150W
Color temperature 5600 ± 200K
Microfuse 6.3A
Radio receiver No
Height 130mm
HSS 1/300
Cooling Yes
Length 300mm
Power levels 1/1 - 1/32
Guide number 60 (2m / ISO 100)
Product color black, gray
Radio Sync & Control no
Protective glass no
Slave Yes
Power supply AC 200-240V / 50Hz
TTL transmission no
Transmission radio, cable
Recharge time (s) 0.2 ~ 0.9s


A few words about the Walimex flash heads:

Among the photo freaks, the flashes do not have a good reputation, they are often laughed at a little. There are other well-known manufacturers that are preferred in the circles. I have deliberately bought the Walimex because the flashes with the same power from these well-known manufacturers who then called there have cost almost twice as much.

In all situations I have been given the Walimex flashes and I have not had a bad experience with them.

My home studio was about 4m x 5m in size. First I flirted with the 1000s flash heads. In retrospect, I'm glad to have bought this nich. When the dimensions of the room were the three 300s lightning almost too strong I had to downright rules. Even a flash head was sufficient, but it always depends on the light setting.



The care of flash units:


Basically, the flash units do not need much attention. If you do not use them for a longer time you should remove the batteries.
If you use a flash only sporadically you should once a month fresh batteries / batteries insert, they min. Leave on for 10 minutes and flash several times. This keeps the capacitors fresh.
Did not do that and then does it, you can clearly see that the charging time of the capacitors until the flash readiness of the flash is getting shorter and shorter.