last update: 15 Sept 03

  Nikon Speedlight SB-50DX

Introduced at PMA in Feburary 2001, this lightweight and compact flash works with the D1 models in D-TTL mode as well as the regular TTL modes with 35mm bodies. Several aspects of the design make it a good choice for bodies with built-in flash (e.g., N65 or N80).


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Full Review of the SB-50DX by Thom


GN: 72 (22m)
Weight: 8.3 ounces (235g)
Size: 2.5 x 4.2 x 4.1" (63 x 107 x 105mm)
Power: 2 CR123A or DL123A lithium batteries
Recycle Time: 3.5 seconds
# of Flashes: 260
Flash Duration: 1/1800
Coverage: 14mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm
Case: SS-50, included
Key Features: TTL flash modes, Digital TTL, and manual (full power only) flash modes supported; flash head tilts to -18 0, 50, 75, or 90 degrees; flash exposure compensation; AF assist lamp; automatic zoom head; built-in diffuser for camera Speedlight to be used as fill; wireless slave flash mode (auto range of 23 feet [7m], manual range of 131 feet [40m]; infrared filter supplied to use flash as an infrared remote controller; lighted LCD; labels on back glow in dark.

Reference Cards

I no longer produce the laminated reference cards.

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


Don't Just Read the Web Site, Get the Book!

The above information was excerpted from the in-depth information in the upcoming 2nd Edition of the Nikon Flash Guide (specific SB-50DX information is not in the currently available paper version of the book). Besides flash specifications, you'll find a full set of operating instructions for each flash in the book. Plus, most cameras from the Nikon F3 forward are covered in the detailed section on interactions and capabilities in the back of the book. That's all in addition to the clearest description of how the Nikon flash system works that opens the book. Click on the cover in the right column to order your copy from! | Nikon | Gadgets | Writing | imho | Travel | Privacy statement | 2001 Thom Hogan. All rights reserved.