last update: 21 February 2002

  Nikon Speedlight SB-1

Nikon’s first Speedlight flash was a handle-mount unit introduced in 1969. While not very sophisticated, for its time it had a high guide number and fast recycle times.


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GN 125 (ft), 38 (m)
Weight 21.5 oz (670g) (main unit with SN-1 battery),
8.4 oz (260g) (camera mounting bracket)
Power Rechargeable, or 6 D-cells in SD-2
Recycle Time 4 seconds minimum (full discharge, SN-1)
# of Flashes 80 (SN-1)
Flash Duration 1/2,000
Coverage 35mm lens (56 degrees horizontal, 40 degrees vertical)
Case NA
Key Features Camera bracket mount (uses tripod socket); multiple power sources (including AC via SA-1); close-up (SR-1) and macro (SM-1) attachments were also available; flash head could be tilted. Up to two additional units could be controlled via SE-2 cord.

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Other Speedlights
SB-1, SB-2, SB-3, SB-4,
, SB-6, SB-7E, SB-8E,
SB-9, SB-10, SB-E, SB-11,
SB-12, SB-14, SB-140,
, SB-16, SB-17,
, SB-19, SB-20,
, SB-22, SB-22s,
, SB-24, SB-25,
, SB-27,
, SB-30,
, SB-80DX


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