Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-09-2008, 09:05 PM   #1
New Member

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Canton mi
Posts: 12
Nikon flash on Pentax

My daughter was taking pictures of a band, and when a friend saw she was using the cameras built in flash, he gave her his Nikon flash. It worked. I thought you had to use a Pentax specific flash for it to work. Whats the deal?

02-09-2008, 09:13 PM   #2
Veteran Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 365
It's probably working via the main pin (the one in the center of the shoe) on the flash, in manual mode. Either that, it's actually cross-compatible... But I really doubt that.
02-09-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Steinback's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: GTA, ON, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,673
In manual mode, most branded flashes should be compatible with most camera bodies. I don't expect the camera and flash were sharing any exposure data, and I've read about a potential for problems with certain combinations of data pins on camera bodies and flashes between different manufacturers, but can't recall any specific examples.

What Pentax camera/ Nikon flash combination was she using?
02-10-2008, 01:54 PM   #4
Senior Member
AKiss20's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Long Valley, NJ
Posts: 118
I bought an older Sb-25 for my pentax, did a little surgery and removed the extraneous pins, leaving only the center pin. It might be excessive, but I didn't want the flash shorting my new K10D!! The flash works great in auto-thrystor and manual mode. TTL obviously doesnt work, but I don't care.

02-10-2008, 09:03 PM   #5
Senior Member

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Quezon City, Philippines
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 142
i know someone here in the Philippines (he's also a member here) that uses a K100D/Nikon SB28 combination...
02-12-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
Junior Member

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Puyallup, Wa
Posts: 44
i use a nikon hot shoe adapter for monolights and it works fine, i dont know why a nikon flash wouldnt.
02-12-2008, 12:59 PM   #7
Veteran Member
jshurak's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: philadelphia
Posts: 627
the extra pins are simply for different flash functions with a Nikon body. I wouldn't stick one on there though....but that's just me.....only if it says 'for pentax' that being said, I do own 3 speedlights for off camera work.
02-12-2008, 01:08 PM   #8
Veteran Member
wlachan's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Canada
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,626
Nikon SB flashes won't short any Pentax bodies because those extra data pins are actually positioned slightly different and won't touch the Pentax data pins at all. Nikon SB shoe is also bigger and thicker.

02-12-2008, 09:12 PM   #9
Senior Member

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 174
Had good luck with a couple Nikon SB28s on K10d

I bought a couple of used SB28s at a great price and they look new. I have had very good luck except for minor design limitations of the flash itself. I use manual and traditional auto mode. More recently, I started using an inexpensive remote radio signal trigger which I believe eliminates any risk of the extra pins causing a problem for the camera. I will continue to use them until they wear out.

- Photomy
02-12-2008, 11:48 PM   #10
Veteran Member

Join Date: Jun 2007
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 597
QuoteOriginally posted by praxxis Quote
i know someone here in the Philippines (he's also a member here) that uses a K100D/Nikon SB28 combination...
That would be me... and yep, I used my sb28 on my k100d and k10d without any problems... "A" mode works perfectly... though I now have a 540, I still use my nikon flash as back up...
02-13-2008, 12:45 AM   #11
Veteran Member

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 602
I also use SB22s on DS in A mode and it produces better results than p-TTL flash.
As Alan said those extra pins don't match Pentax pins.
Their trigger voltages are low so they should not cause damage to your Pentax body. Photo Strobe Trigger Voltages
02-13-2008, 01:13 AM   #12
ryan s's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Madison, WI
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,370
^^beat me to the link...check out what the voltage is before you buy it.

That said, if you don't mind manual modes, lots of flashes will work. I'm thinking of picking up an SB 24, 25, or 26 for a primary/hot shoe flash and something like a Viv 283 for a wireless unit. Fun times
04-09-2008, 04:03 AM   #13
Veteran Member

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nowhere, Sweden
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 654
Anyone know if a SB600 can be used? My sister in law got one and she don't use it, so I was free to put my hands on it.
04-09-2008, 05:16 AM   #14
Veteran Member
RBellavance's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Near Montréal, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,716
I've used an SB800 without problems on my K10D (fully manual, as has been written earlier in this thread), so I don't see why the SB600 wouldn't work as well.
04-09-2008, 05:23 AM   #15
Veteran Member

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nowhere, Sweden
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 654
Righty, what about TTL? Or do i need a radio slave thingie? A bit afraid id fry the camera But have no problem with using it wireless. Would the flash sync work?

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, flash, nikon, nikon flash, pentax, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: Nikon D700 w/Nikon Battery Grip, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II (US) luke0622 Sold Items 1 11-04-2010 10:41 AM
Nikon and Pentax - Question on Flash systems comparison VAV Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 9 08-13-2009 07:24 AM
Nikon flash on Pentax... leadbelly Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 3 08-29-2007 05:12 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:16 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]