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Will a Nikon SB-20 do TTL properly on a Contax G1?
Old 02-27-2010   #1
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Will a Nikon SB-20 do TTL properly on a Contax G1?

Hi all, I'm looking for alternatives to my TLA 200 flash. I also happen to have a Nikon SB-20, which looks like it might work. So long as I set it to TTL the flash symbol lights up in the viewfinder and it sets the shutter speed to 1/60th. I intend to run a roll to see how it works, but if anyone has any experience or tips to share I'd like to hear them. thanks, Jerry
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Old 02-27-2010   #2
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If memory serves me right you have to use it in "A" mode, not ttl.

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Old 02-27-2010   #3
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Interested to hear how this works out. I have a G2 and an SB-25, but have never used the two together. I'm going to guess "no," but there are occasionally pleasant surprises. I agree that the TLA200 leaves much to be desired. While it does TTL and the distance is very easy to set, you can't bounce it. Head-on flash is rarely a good look.
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Short answer: no. The contacts are in the the same postitions, but that's where compatibility ends. The electronics are different. It will indeed work fine in full manual and Auto (aperture/thyristor) mode; but TTL won't work correctly.
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Okay, well I figured it was worth looking into. I'm comfortable using it in A and M, but TTL would have been nice too. I found the hot shoe pinout for Nikon, but not Contax: does anyone know the pin assignments, or have a diagram?
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I tried this with the G2 and the Nikon SB-28: no flash ever ... came out in any set flash mode ...
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As cheap as the TLA 280 is at KEH, I decided I'd rather part with money rather than time. Got one on the way. Thanks everyone.
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