Nikon flashlight accessories
(still under construction)
Nikon produced/produces many accessories for its flash lights, aka Speedlights.
Not all flashlights will fit a camera body just using the ISO shoe on top of it. Some older cameras need a cable to make an electric contact to trigger the flash. Some modern flashes do have a built-in slave unit (= sensored trigger), so they can be used individually without physical contact with a camera. Although nearly all flashes do fit and work with whatever Nikon camera body (SLR, compact or APS) some flashes need an additional flash shoe and/or cable. To use more than one flash Nikon offers a variety of connectors. And not all camera-flash combinations will operate at all exposure and/or flash programs. So, please, read your camera and flash instruction sheet or manual carefully to learn what's possible and what isn't.
Important notes: The Nikon I and the older Nikon M rangefinder cameras do not have flash contacts at all! Nikon rangefinder cameras do have a metal accessory shoe on top which will take any flash with an ISO shoe, but all electric contacts at the bottom of whatever flash body should be covered by insulating tape in order to avoid short-circuit in the flashlight; no rangefinder camera has electric contacts in/on the shoe to trigger a flash. Any flash used on a RF camera will need a cable (without a code), supplied by Nikon is various lengths.
Read the manual of the flash in use carefully, as not all flashes can be used together, save via a slave unit. Each flash produces an ignition voltage that - together with other flashes - may damage one or all flashes or the electric circuit of the camera!
All flashes have a capacitor: so never open a flash as the capacitor - even after months of not being in use - may knock you out!
In this chapter nearly all known cables (also for flashlights) are listed. To place Nikon flashlights on the various compact and single lens reflex cameras Nikon provided a large range of flash shoes and connectors, bearing the AS code. Information on these shoes, adapters and connectors can be found here. Flash brackets received an SK code, battery packs a SD code and flash sensors and slave units a SU code. Most modern flashlights came with a diffuser (to adjust flashlight angle) or a dome (to soften the flash beam).