Flash for Nikon F2

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  1. kram

    kram Member

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    Hi, I would like to get a flash for my Nikon F2 which will give me the ready light in the finder. I had a SB-2 flash with the camera, which was in great cosmetic condition - but did not work 100% (ready light on flash never came on).
    So what other nikon flash (or after market flash fitted to the NIKON AS-1 flash adaptor) would work with the F2 finders.:confused:
    Cheers, Mark
     
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    The AS-1 adapters I have, which also fit the F do not pass the ready light signal back to the body. It's been a long time, but I don't remember an aftermarket flash specific to the F2.
     
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    Hello,

    The "best" flash I've used with everything from my Nikon F up through semi-modern bodies is the Metz 45CT-1 (or for newer cameras, use the CL-1).

    The camera has a roughly 45m (!!!) GN and works in M and A. Absolutely nigh indestructible :D and these days sell for about $100 used.

    One really cool aspect of Metz flashes is that you can change out the bulbs in the flash when the termperature begins to degrade. That means that your major investment doesn't become a paperweight after x number of uses like, say a Nikon SB24, ect.,...

    Just be sure not to hook it up to anything AF or with "lots" of electronics. It has been reported to be able to fry modern electronic cameras - although I don't know of anyone who's ever had this happen.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide.
     
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    I am at present seeing if I can get the SB-2 repaired (I let you know if I can). I have a handful of flash guns, but I an looking for something that can be dedicated to the F2 (otherwise I will us my trusty National flash, 26+ years old and counting, on its 'bleep' function. Can I get a Metz adaptor to connect with the F2 head contact?
     
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    The problem might not come from the flash but from contacts on the F2. Have you checked them?
     
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    Dedicated? On an F2?
    When I use that term I'm thinking TTL. I'm guessing you mean something else?

    The Metz hooks up to the PC jack on the camera. No need to use the Nikon "slide on" system that is such a pain. No need to take it off when changing rolls of film, etc.
     
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    Hello,

    I just re-read your original post. The 45 CT-1 WILL NOT make your flash ready light turn on inside the camera. If that's what you're wanting, it is not your best option.
     
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    By dedicated, in F2 terms, all this means is the ready light in the finder comes on. Currently the ready light will not come on on the flash, which is why I am getting it looked at. However, if a repair is not viable, what adaptors (if any e.g. Metz) could I use. Or, are the only flash guns dedicated to the F2 are Nikon?
     
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    The Nikon SB-7E was dedicated F2 flash unit which has the special foot mount that slides and locks over the rewind knob and has a contact that mates to the finder to illuminate the built-in ready-light. The AS-1 flash coupler for ISO type mount flashes does not have the finder contact for the ready-light. The SC-4 Ready-Light Adaptor is used with several other Nikon flash units to illuminate the F2's ready-light but not sure if it is adaptable to other flash units.

    Reagards

    Ed
     
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    Metz does make an adapter (SCA is their terminology) to allow their flashes to work on the F2/F3/etc. in this manner. If you want to go that route, you'll need AT LEAST a Metz 45CL-4.
     
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    Thanks Ed and Jeff. I will look for the SC-4 adaptor first.
     
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    The SC-4 adaptor will not work with standard iso flashguns. The adaptor has a 3 prong ended lead which plugs into the old Nikon Flashes. Darn it.