Using a Nikon SB-400 on OMD

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by takehman, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. takehman

    takehman New to Mu-43

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    Sep 22, 2012
    West Palm Beach
    Has anyone been able to get the subject flash to work on an OMD? If so, how?
     
  2. Mikefellh

    Mikefellh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 7, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Short answer, YOU CAN'T!

    Longer answer, Nikon and Olympus flashes don't speak the same language. This flash is strictly Nikon TTL with no manual or auto override (from the flash), so you can't even cover the TTL contacts to use the flash.
     
  3. takehman

    takehman New to Mu-43

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    Sep 22, 2012
    West Palm Beach
    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. chicaboo

    chicaboo Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Logan, QLD, Australia
    Gav
    You can use any [except Sony/Minolta] regular hot-shoe flash with auto mode regardless of the manufacturer if you block the minor contacts in the hot-shoe with some sort of sello or magic tape. The SB-400 appears to be a TTL only job, with no auto mode, so no luck there. On most Olympus cameras, this lets you unlock 1/320 to 1/400 flash sync with full frame cover, too. You can go faster, but you will develop a shutter shadow.
     
  5. takehman

    takehman New to Mu-43

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    Sep 22, 2012
    West Palm Beach
    What are the minor contacts please.
     
  6. chicaboo

    chicaboo Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Logan, QLD, Australia
    Gav
  7. Hudsonhites

    Hudsonhites Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 14, 2011
    NYC
    I've used my Nikon SB600 in manual mode on the EM-5 with no problems

    I didn't have to put any tape on the minor contacts
     
  8. chicaboo

    chicaboo Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Logan, QLD, Australia
    Gav
    You tape over the minor contacts to use the third party flash in AUTO mode with less restrictions on the flash sync [typical up to 1/400 with no shutter shadow]. You can still use manual mode with 1/180 flash sync if you like, but why?