PMA 2002: 07:00 EST GMT: Nikon has today announced no less than three new Speedlight flash units. The SB-29s is a modified SB-29 designed to work better with digital SLR's, it adds an extra stop lower power level. The SB-30 is an ultra-compact Speedlight designed to be used with SLR's, digital SLR's and Coolpix digital cameras. The SB-80DX replaces the SB-28/28DX and adds new features and functionality.


Nikon SB-80DX Speedlight

Versatile, high-performance Speedlight

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon SB-80DX Speedlight.

Designed for users of advanced Nikon film and digital SLRs, it builds on the functionality of the SB-28/28DX models that it replaces
and adds some exciting new features.

The SB-80DX is compatible with D-TTL and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash control, and offers features such as a tilt-rotate flash head, a built-in wide flash adapter for 14mm wideangle lens coverage, GN 38/125 (ISO 100, m/ft. at 35mm), flash coverage up to 105mm in 5mm zoom steps and an on-board AF-Assist Illuminator. In addition, the SB-80DX has a strobe setting for modeling light, and wireless slave capability for multiple flash set-ups. The versatility of the speedlight is further enhanced by the new dedicated diffusion cap which creates a soft lighting effect for more gentle portraits.

The Nikon SB-80DX takes the place of the SB28 models at the top of the Nikon speedlight lineup and greatly extends the opportunities for creative and reportage photography. The tracking zoom and high power output will produce a more even lighting with a wider selection of lenses, bringing increased compatibility and shooting range. The addition of the wireless remote and diffusion cap opens the potential for photography with a number of supplementary lighting configurations both on and off camera.

The SB-80DX is scheduled to be released from February 2002.

Nikon SB-80DX Specifications

Electronic construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash exposure control TTL automatic control with Nikon F5, F100, F80, F65, FM3A, D1 series or D100; Non-TTL automatic control; Manual control: full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 and 1/128 output
Guide number (ISO 100, m/ft.) 38/125 (at 35mm), 56/184 (at 105mm)
Flash coverage 24mm to 105mm in 5mm zoom steps; 14/17mm with built-in wide flash adapter; 14mm with soft dome
Power switch ON/OFF/STANDBY button provided
Film speed range in TTL auto flash mode ISO 25 to 1000
Power source Four 1.5V LR6 (AA-type alkaline), 1.2V, KR-AA (AA-type NiCd) or 1.5V FR6 (AA-type lithium) batteries; DC Unit SD-7*1*2; Battery Pack SD-8A*2
*1 SD-7 is not available in European countries.
*2 SD-7/8 cannot be used with the SB-28 sold in European countries.
Recycling time Approx. 6 sec. (manual at full)
Number of flashes 150 (manual at full)
Dimensions 127.5 x 70.5 x 91.5 mm (5.0 x 2.8 x 3.6 in)
Weight (no batteries) 335 g (11.8 oz)
Accessory supplied Soft dome


Nikon SB-30 Speedlight

Ultra-portable, multipurpose Speedlight

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon SB-30 Speedlight to its broadening accessory range.

The new Nikon SB-30 offers a variety of flash functions within a compact body barely the size of a pack of playing cards. Miniature in size and weight, it is designed as a multipurpose device that is equally at home on a Digital SLR, Film camera or Coolpix and will work as a main or secondary flash.

The SB-30's functions include close-up shooting, a built-in wide flash adapter that extends coverage for 17mm wideangle lenses, TTL wireless slave flash capability, and an infrared remote commander. Flash output level compensation (±1/2EV) is also available for non-TTL auto flash and manual flash modes.

When used with the COOLPIX range of digital cameras, the SB-30's TTL wireless slave flash function will double or triple the effective flash shooting distance.

The Nikon SB-30 is an important addition to the Nikon Speedlight lineup and will serve as an occasional primary flash, slave trigger or booster for cameras with built in speedights and will do duty as an off-camera side or back fill unit.

The SB-30 speedlight will be released in March 2002.

Nikon SB-30 Specifications

Electronic construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash exposure control TTL automatic control with Nikon F5, F100, F80, F65 or FM3A; Non-TTL automatic control; Manual control: full, 1/8 and 1/32 output
Guide number (ISO 100, m/ft.) 16/52; 10/32 (with built-in wide flash adapter)
Flash coverage 28mm; 17mm with built-in wide flash adapter
Power switch ON/OFF/STANDBY button provided
Film speed range in TTL auto flash mode ISO 25 to 800
Power source One CR123A-type 3V lithium battery
Recycling time Approx. 4 sec. (manual at full)
Number of flashes Approx. 250 (manual at full)
Dimensions 58.5 x 83.5 x 36 mm (2.3 x 3.3 x 1.4 in)
Weight (no batteries) 92 g (3.2 oz)
Other features Built-in infrared panel


Nikon SB-29s Speedlight

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon TTL Macro Speedlight SB-29s.

The SB29s has been designed to assist macro photography with Digital SLR cameras by allowing an extra stop compared to the current SB-29 to lower the power output level to M1/32.

The Nikon SB-29s represents Nikon's commitment to both film and digital SLR camera ranges with the introduction of a speedlight that is compatible with both types of media.
It is anticipated that the SB-29s will find use in many vertical business markets serving both film and digital bodies.

The SB-29s is scheduled to be released from May 2002.

Nikon SB-29s Specifications

Electronic construction Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Flash exposure control TTL automatic control with Nikon F5, F100, F80, F65 or FM3A; Manual control: full (M), 1/4 (M1/4) and 1/32 (M1/32) output
Guide number (ISO 100, m/ft.) 11/36 for both flash modules (12/39 for single module) at full output; 5.5/18 for both flash modules (6.0/19.6 for single module) at M1/4 flash output; 1.9/6.2 for both flash modules (2.1/6.9 for single module) at M1/32 flash output
Flash coverage 20mm (flash modules set horizontally); 24mm (flash modules set vertically)
Power switch ON/OFF/STANDBY button provided
Film speed range in TTL auto flash mode ISO 25 to 1000
Flash mode selector TTL, M, M1/4 or M1/32 mode selectable
Built-in light reducer Sets the ratio of the brightness of the right flash module to the left one (or vise versa) to 1:4.
FLASH button  • Performs test firing for correct exposure determination.
 • Can turn the SB-29s on again after the unit enters standby mode.
Modeling illuminator Lights up for approx. 3 sec. (when both modules are fired), if flash is completely recycled.
Repeat firing at approx. 40 Hz.
Power source Four AA-type zinc-carbon, alkaline-manganese, lithium (1.5V), NiCd (rechargeable) or Ni-MH (rechargeable) penlight batteries
Recycling time Approx. 2 sec. (AA NiMH batteries)
Dimensions Main unit:. 119 x 133 x 28.5mm (4.7 x 5.2 x 1.1 in.)
Controller: 69 x 106.5 x 88.5mm (2.7 x 4.2 x 3.5 in.)
Weight (no batteries) 410g (14.5 oz.)
Other features Sync/multiple flash terminal provided