last update: 21 February 2002

  Nikon Speedlight SB-16A / 16B

This is a powerful, sophisticated flash produced in two models for use on Nikon bodies with ISO hot shoes (SB-16B) or the F3 series cameras (SB-16A). They both provide TTL control of flash exposure and were introduced in 1983.


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105 (ft), 32 (m)
Weight: 15.7 oz (445g) (SB-16B), 17.1 oz (485g) (SB-16A) (w/o batteries)
Size: 5.7” (144mm) (SB-16B) or 6.5” (165.5) (SB-16A)tall x 3.9” (100mm) wide x 3.2” (82mm) deep
Power: four AA batteries
Recycle Time: 11 seconds minimum (alkaline batteries)(full discharge)
# of Flashes: ~100 at full manual
Flash Duration: 1/250 to 1/8,000
Coverage: 28mm lens (60 degrees horizontal, 45 degrees vertical)
Case: SS-16
Key Features: TTL flash control with TTL-capable bodies; two-aperture automatic flash. Head can be rotated through an arc of 270 degrees (click stops every 30 degrees), and tilted to 90 degrees (click stops every 15 degrees). Secondary flash head for eye catchlight. Accessory SW-7 wide-angle adapter for 28mm lens coverage. The SB-17 can synchronize with up to five additional off-camera flashes. Eight frame motor drive capability (up to 4 fps).
  The difference between an SB-16A and an SB-16B is the integral flash coupler (AS-8 for the F3, AS-9 for hot shoes).

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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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