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4 Group * * 6 F5 F4-Series F-601/ F60-Series/ F-501/ FM3A F3-Series* Camera F100 F65-Series/ N6006*1 N60*1 N2020*8 FA F55-Series/ F90X/N90 s 1 N65-Series 1 1 name * * F-601M/ F50-Series/ F-401s/ FE2 N55-Series* F90-Series/ 1 F-801s/ 1 N6000*1 N50*1 N4004s*1 New FM2 N90* N8008s* FG F80-Series/ F-801/ F-401x/ F-401/ 5 FM10 N80-Series 1, 3 N8008 1 N5005*1 N4004*1 Nikonos V* Flash * * * FE10 operation F70-Series/ 1 Pron 1ea6 3 00i/ F-301/ 8 N70* 6i* ,* N2000* 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash 2
Camera groups 4 * * Group 6 F5 F4-Series F-601/ F60-Series/ F-501/ FM3A F3-Series * 8 1 1 F100 F65-Series/ N6006 N60 N2020 * Camera * * FA F55-Series/ 1 1 1 F90X/N90 s N65-Series name * * F-601M/ F50-Series/ F-401s/ N55-Series * FE2 F90-Series/ F-801s/ 1 1 1 N6000 N50 N4004s 1 1 * * * New FM2 N90 N8008s FG * * F-401x/ F-401/ F-801/ FM10 F80-Series/ 5 1 1 Nikonos V 1 3 1 N5005 N4004 * , N80-Series N8008 * * Flash * * * FE10 F70-Series/ Pronea 600i/ F-301/ operation 1 1, 3 8 N70 6i N2000
About this manual The instruction materials comprise the main manual and a separate Quick Reference sheet. • In the main manual, we begin with instructions on preparing the Speedlight for shooting and move on to a variety of basic and advanced flash photographic techniques covering all available functions. • In the separate Quick Reference sheet, we explain some basic flash photographic procedures. • Nikkor lenses have been roughly divided into two types as shown below unless otherwise noted.
Tips on using the Speedlight ■ Take some trial shots. Before taking important flash photographs, take a few trial shots first to make sure the Speedlight is working properly. ■ Use only Nikon-approved equipment. Your Speedlight has been designed for use in combination with Nikon cameras, lenses and accessories. —Using cameras or accessories other than those specified by Nikon may damage your Speedlight. —Nikon cannot be held responsible for malfunctions caused by using the SB-27 in ways not spec
Contents ....................................... Foreword 2 ..................................... Camera groups 3 ................................... About this manual 4 ........................... Tips on using the Speedlight 5 ......................................... Contents 6-7 .................................... Speedlight parts 8 ................................ LCD panel indications 9 ...... Preparations for taking flash photographs 10 .................................. Installing batte
............ Guide numbers for determining correct aperture 46 Autofocus flash operation in dim light .......................... (For AF SLR cameras only) 47-48 ....... Bounce flash operation (For cameras in all Groups) 49-53 .............. Procedures for bounce flash operation 51-52 ......... Highlight your subject’s eyes with bounced flash 53 Close-up flash operation in AUTO mode ....................... (Cameras in Groups I thru VI) 54-59 .................................... Procedures 54 ..
Speedlight parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 16 10 17 11 18 19 12 20 13 14 21 15 1 Built-in diffuser card (See page 53.) 11 Open-flash button (See page 18.) 2 Built-in bounce flash adapter (See page 52.) 12 Mounting foot locking wheel (See page 14.) 3 Flash head (See page 15.) 13 Mounting foot (See page 14.) 4 Red-eye reduction lamp 14 Hot-shoe contacts (See page 14.) 5 Light sensor for Non-TTL Auto Flash 15 Mount pin (See page 14.) operation 16 Battery chamber lid (See page 11.) 6 AF assist illuminator L
LCD panel indications 1 7 2 8 3 9 ft m TTL 60 18 mm M 30 9 A ZOOM 15 4 M ISO 7 2 4 1 2 0.6 4 10 5 11 6 12 1 Red-eye reduction control indicator 5 Underexposure indicator 2 Zoom-head position indicator 6 Film speed indicator 3 Flash mode indicator 7 Flash shooting distance scale (ft.) Ø Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash 8 Indicator bars (flash shooting distance with TTL Multi Sensor indicator bars) ø Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash 9 Flash shooting distance scale (m) t Standard TTL Flash 10 Bounce flash i
Preparations for taking flash photographs
Installing batteries Four penlight batteries (1.5V or lower) of any of the following types may be used: • AA-type alkaline-manganese (1.5V) • AA-type lithium (1.5V) • AA-type NiCd (rechargeable) (1.2V) • AA-type Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) (rechargeable) (1.2V) Note: High powered manganese batteries are not recommended for use with this Speedlight. See page 81 for “Notes on batteries.” Open the battery chamber lid, and set the camera setting switch. 1 1 2 With cameras in Groups I thru VI, be
Standby function (Applicable to all camera groups) When both the SB-27 and the camera are not in use, the SB-27’s power automatically shuts OFF after approx. 80 seconds in order to conserve battery power. (Standby function) Setting the standby function ■ Cameras in Groups I thru VI (featuring TTL Auto Flash) Set the camera setting switch (inside the SB-27's battery chamber) to K. —If it is set to ˚, the standby function will not work. To turn the SB-27’s power ON again Lightly press the shutt
■ Cameras in Group VII (without TTL Auto Flash) As the standby function is not available, be sure to set the camera setting switch (inside the SB-27's battery chamber) to ˚. NOTE If you use the SB-27 with two cameras (one featuring TTL Auto Flash and the other without TTL Auto Flash), we recommend setting the camera setting switch to ˚ so that the flash mode automatically switches to t mode with the camera featuring TTL Auto Flash, and to ˙ mode with the camera without TTL Auto Flash capability
Attaching the SB-27 to the camera When attaching the SB-27, make sure both the Speedlight and the camera are turned OFF to avoid accidental firing. Loosen the SB-27's mounting foot locking wheel. 1 —A squeaky sound can be heard when loosening the mounting foot locking wheel. This is no cause for concern. Attach the SB-27 to the camera accessory shoe and 2 tighten the locking wheel. NOTE Loosen the mounting foot locking wheel all the way to detach the SB-27. With cameras equipped with a safety lo
Adjusting the flash head The flash head rotates from the horizontal to the vertical position along a 180° arc. From the horizontal position, simply tilt the flash head up 90° until it clicks into position. Keep the flash head in the horizontal position for normal flash shooting. • When the flash head is set to the left as viewed by the photographer, a shadow falls to the right of the subject, and if the flash head is set to the right, the shadow falls to the left. • When the flash head is set in
Selecting a measurement system (meters/feet) Set the flash shooting distance measurement system in the LCD panel to either meters (m) or feet (ft). —The system is preset to meters (m) when shipped from the factory. ft m TTL 60 18 mm A M 30 9 ZOOM 15 4 M ISO 7 2 4 1 2 0.6 Set the flash mode selector from “OFF” to “M” or “AUTO” while holding down the “F” button and select the desired indication (m or ft). —If you replace the batteries with the SB-27's power ON, the measurement system returns to th
The ready-light The ready-light comes ON when charging is completed. ft m TTL 60 18 mm 30 9 A M ZOOM 15 4 M ISO 7 2 4 1 2 0.6 When the SB-27 is fully charged and ready to fire, the ready-light comes ON. Be sure to check that the ready-light is ON when releasing the shutter. The ready-light blinks when flash fires at its maximum output. ft m TTL 60 18 mm M 30 9 A ZOOM 15 4 M ISO 7 2 4 1 2 0.6 In AUTO mode, if the ready-light blinks for approx. 3 seconds after shooting, it means that the flash has
Test firing with the open-flash button Set the flash mode selector to “M” or “AUTO”. 1 ft m TTL 60 18 mm M 30 9 A ZOOM 15 4 M 7 2 ISO 4 1 2 0.6 The ready-light comes ON when the SB-27 is ready to fire. Check if the ready-light is ON and press the open-flash 2 button to ensure that the SB-27 is firing properly. ft m TTL 60 18 M mm 30 9 A ZOOM 15 4 M ISO 7 2 4 1 2 0.6 When battery power becomes weak, the ready-light takes longer to come ON or the power may automatically shut OFF . NOTE Pressing th
Setting ISO film speed The following ISO film speeds can be used in AUTO mode: •ISO 25 to ISO 1000 for cameras in Groups I thru IV, and F-501/N2020, F-301/N2000 cameras. •ISO 25 to ISO 400 for cameras in Groups VI and VII, and F-401s/N4004s and F-401/N4004 cameras. With cameras in Groups I and II ISO film speed is set automatically, but does not appear in the LCD panel. —Manual ISO film speed setting is not possible. With cameras in Groups III thru VII Set the ISO film speed manually as follow
Setting zoom-head position In the horizontal position, the SB-27 has four zoom-head position settings: 24mm, 28mm, 35mm and 50mm. Three zoom-head position settings are available in the vertical position: 35mm, 50mm and 70mm. —All the above stops are indicated in the LCD panel. —Zoom-head positioning differs depending on the camera/lens combination. Cameras in Groups I and II with Nikkor lenses with built-in CPU The SB-27 automatically adjusts the zoom-head position to provide an angle of cov
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