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Nikon Professional Digital SLR D1 (2.74 mpixel)

Aug 24, 1999 at 04:00 GMT

Nikon Professional Digital SLR D1 (page two)

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Storage

Image mode Approx size No. on 64MB CF
Raw (uncompressed raw 12-bit) 4MB 16
HI (uncompressed TIFF YCbCr-TIFF) 5.3MB 12
HI (uncompressed TIFF RGB-TIFF) 9.1MB 7
Fine (approx. 1:4 compression) 1.3MB 48
Normal (approx. 1:8 compression) 659KB 97
Basic (approx. 1:16 compression) 328KB 195

Nikkor AF-S Zoom 17-35mm f/2.8 IF-ED lens

Focal length 17mm to 35mm (Equivalent to approx. 25.5-52.5mm focal length in 35mm)
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Lens construction Approx. 157 x 153 x 85mm (6.2 x 6.1 x 3.4 in.)
Picture angle 104� to 62° (79° to 44° with Nikon Professional Digital SLR D1)
Focus distance 0.9m - infinity
Max. reproduction ratio 1/4.6
Focal length scale 17mm, 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm
Aperture scale f/2.8 to f/22
Attachment size 77mm
Dimensions Approx. 83mm dia. x 106mm or 3.3 in. dia x 4.2 in.
Weight Approx. 750g or 26.5 oz.

Nikon SB-28DX "speedlight" flash

Flash guide no.

At full output for each zoom-head position.
ISO 200, 20° C / 68° F (m/ft.)

25/82 (18mm*), 28/92 (20mm*), 42/138 (24mm), 45/148 (28mm), 51/167 (35mm), 59/194 (50mm), 68/223 (70mm), 71/233 (85mm)

ISO 100, 20° C / 68° F (m/ft.)

18/59 (18mm*), 20/66 (20mm*), 30/98 (24mm), 32/105 (28mm), 36/118 (35mm), 42/138 (50mm), 48/157 (70mm), 50/164 (85mm)

* For 18 and 20mm, when built-in wide flash adaptor is used

Bounce capability Vertical: down 7 degrees, or up 90 degrees (7 possible click-stops)
Horizontal: right 90 degrees or left 180 degrees (9 possible click-stops)
On/Off button 1) Press the ON / OFF button for approx. 0.5 sec. to turn off
2) Press the MODE and ON / OFF buttons simultaneously to operate standby function and conserve battery power (it automatically turns off after approx. 80 sec. when unused)
Flash exposure control

Selected via MODE button
Following modes are available
* Depending on the camera and lens in use, availability varies.

o 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 (includes: 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1, Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1, Centre-Weighted Fill-Flash for D1 or Standard TTL Flash for D1; specific function employed depends on the lens in use)
o AA (Auto Aperture) Flash (applicable to the Nikon D1)
o Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi Sensor (3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash or Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash)
o Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash or Centre-Weighted Fill-Flash/Spot Fill-Flash
o Standard TTL
o Non-TTL Auto
o Manual
o Flash output setting (7 steps)
o FP High-Speed Sync
o Repeating flash
o Rear-curtain sync
o Red-eye reduction

Power source Operates on four of the following "R6" type batteries (types cannot be mixed):
1) 1.5V LR6 (L40 AA-type alkaline)
2) 1.5V AA-type lithium
3) 1.2V AA-type NiCd (rechargeable)
4) 1.2V AA-type Ni-MH (rechargeable)
External power sources (optional)

1) DC Unit SD-7*1 (connected via power cord SC-16A*2); uses six LR14 (C-type alkaline) or NiCd batteries,
2) DC Unit SD-8A*3; uses six LR6 (L40 AA-type alkaline) or NiCd batteries,
3) Power Bracket Unit SK-6*4/6A*5; uses four LR6 (L40 AA-type alkaline) or NiCd batteries

*1 SD-7 is not available in European countries.
*2 SC-16 cannot be used with the SB-28DX.
*3 SD-8 cannot be used with the SB-28DX.
*4 Depending on the manufacture date, some of the SK-6 models cannot be used with the SB-28DX.
*5 SK-6A is available in European countries only.

Minimum recycle time at full output with fresh batteries

(Applied when the AF-Assist Illuminator, zoom head position adjustment, or LCD illuminator is not used)

1) 1.5V LR6 (L40 AA-type alkaline): 6.5 sec.
2) 1.5V AA-type lithium: 7.5 sec.
3) 1.2V AA-type NiCd (700mA): 4 sec.
4) 1.2V AA-type NiCd (1000mA): 4 sec.
5) 1.2V AA-type Ni-MH: 4 sec.

Number of flashes per fresh set of batteries

(Applicable when the AF-Assist Illuminator, zoom head position adjustment, or LCD illuminator is not used)

1) 1.5V LR6 (L40 AA-type alkaline): 150 or more times (with 6.5 to 30 sec. recycling time)
2) 1.5V AA-type lithium: 200 or more times (with 8 to 30 sec. recycling time)
3) 1.2V AA-type NiCd (700mA): 60 or more times (with 4 to 30 sec. recycling time)
4) 1.2V AA-type NiCd (1000mA): 90 or more times (with 4 to 30 sec. recycling time)
5) 1.2V AA-type Ni-MH: 100 or more times (with 4 to 30 sec. recycling time)

Red-eye reduction The red-eye reduction lamp lights up before the flash fires (this function is activated on the camera)
Wireless slave flash Not available
AF-Assist illuminator 1) The illuminator automatically lights up the subject when conducting autofocus in dim light or in the dark (works with current Nikon AF SLR cameras)
2) Cancellation also possible
Ready light 1) Lights up when flash is recycled and ready to fire
2) Blinks when flash fires at its maximum output, indicating exposure caution
FLASH button 1) "A" mode: Performs test firing for correct exposure detection
2) "Multi-flash" mode: Performs "multi-flash" test firing
Built-in wide flash adapter Allows use of an 18mm or 20mm lens
Safety lock system With Nikon SLR cameras (including digital SLRs) equipped with a safety lock system, the mount pin is automatically inserted into the locking hole in the camera's accessory shoe. This secures the SB-28DX to the camera.
LCD panel illuminator Turns on and off every time the "Illuminator" button is pressed (illumination lasts approx. 16 sec.)
Flash shooting distance scale Distance scale on the LCD panel can be set to metres (m) by pressing the "Illuminator" button and "ON / OFF" switch simultaneously (distance in feet (ft.) also available)
Dimensions Approx. 69 x 128 x 90mm (2.7 x 5.0 x 3.5 in.)
Weight Approx. 320g (11.3 oz.)
Supplied accessories Soft Case SS-28, External power source terminal cap

3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1

The Speedlight sets off a series of Monitor Pre-flashes before the main flash fires. The pre-flashes are detected by each of the five segments of the D1's TTL Multi Sensor. As a result, the main subject is properly illuminated by flash, and the background comes out looking natural for a well-balanced, superbly lit shot.

Since the D1 uses a CCD instead of film, TTL flash control has been redesigned to ensure the same high-quality results offered by the 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash feature of current Nikon SLRs.

The D1 employs a shutter blade located in front of the CCD. This allows TTL monitoring of the pre-flashes just before exposure and even after the reflex mirror goes up.

A range of data is transmitted to the SB-28DX automatically (when using a CPU lens*). Transmitted data includes: sensitivity, aperture value, focal length of the lens in use, and exposure compensation value.

The following functions are available depending on the type of lens in use and/or camera settings:

3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 (with D-type AF Nikkors)
In addition determining the results of Monitor Pre-flashes, Distance Information is also evaluated for more precise TTL balanced fill-flash control.

Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for D1 (with non-D-type AF Nikkors)
Delivers a balanced exposure of the main subject and background according to the results of the Monitor Pre-flashes (for main subject exposure) and Matrix Metering (for background exposure).

Centre-Weighted Fill-Flash for D1 (AI-type Nikkors)
Delivers a balanced exposure of the main subject and background according to the results of the Monitor Pre-flashes (for the main subject exposure) and Centre-Weighted Metering (for the background exposure).

Standard TTL Flash for D1 (All compatible lenses)
The Centre-Weighted Meter, instead of the TTL Multi Sensor, detects monitor Pre- flashes. Flash exposure is thus controlled without balancing the foreground and background exposure.

Flash output level compensation from -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 EV steps. The compensation value can be confirmed via the rear LCD panel. Since the D1 shows the results immediately after shutter release, photographers can easily obtain the image that they want. (Can be used simultaneously with the camera body's flash output level compensation feature.)

AA (Auto Aperture) Flash

AA (Auto Aperture) Flash is possible when connected to the Nikon D1 with a CPU lens* attached.

A range of data is transmitted to the SB-28DX automatically (when using a CPU lens*). Transmitted data includes sensitivity, aperture value, focal length of the lens in use and exposure compensation value. The SB-28DX uses this data to control flash output via the light sensor on the front of the unit.

Non-TTL Auto Flash operation is automatically selected when using non-CPU lenses.

Flash output level compensation is possible from -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 EV steps. The compensation value can be confirmed via the rear LCD panel. (Can be used simultaneously with the camera body's flash output level compensation feature.)

* CPU lenses refer to those AF Nikkor, D-type Nikkor, or AI-P Nikkor lenses that feature a built-in microcomputer and CPU contacts.