Nikon speedlight on Canon body

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  1. jamesino

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    Can a nikon speedlight be mounted on a canon body and vice-versa? The flash hot-shoe looks all the same.
     
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    Yes, but you'd be giving up ettl.
     
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    Cats and dogs sleeping together... mass hysteria... :lol:
     
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    I am a Canon user hired by a Nikon guy and his speedlight worked on my body (as my back-up camera). I don't know about quality, but it works...
     
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    Most flashes will trigger on other bodies (keeping in mind trigger voltages) but they won't ETTL (Canon) or iTTL (nikon).
     
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    Yep, I'm a Canon user and I have two Canon flashes and two Nikon SB600's.
     
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    Isnt that akin to blasphemy?
     
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    That's what I thought at first too, but after using the SB600 flashes I realized that for $200 less I was getting the same performance in manual modes. And I never use ttl anyways so it's a no brainer.
     
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    If your intention is to use a flash in full manual, you are better off with older but good flashes from Sunpak and Vivitar. You get more for your money as your not paying a premium for a Canon/Nikon's Ettl/iTTL functionality. More power, More external battery pack options (at better prices), simple settings/controls.

    On the other hand, it might make sense if sharing with a compatible Canon/Nikon system. Also don't forget to keep an eye on trigger voltages to avoid damage to the camera.
     

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