Question About Nikon External Flash & Other Accessories...
Hi, I have two questions. The first is, I just got my Nikon Coolpix 990, and I discovered that I need an external flash. Which external flash do you recommend? I don't want anything too expensive or complicated just simple enough to add enough light for the photos. Any recommendations? Also, I'll be going on vacation soon, and I want to see if there's an alternative to dumping my photos onto my heavy laptop once my memory card fills. I see that the Digital Wallet is $500; are there any cheaper models, perhaps from different companies? Thanks in advance!..

Comments (6)

How do I use my Coolpix 990 with my studio flash? I have a Novatron system...

Comment #1

Why not take a look at the accessories section on He has a few articles on flashes and brackets for the 950/990. The digital wallet is one way to go. A 2lb. laptop like a Mitsubishi Amity can be had for the same price or less.($500) Or, the new device from Iomega looks to be a winner for $300 or less. The name escapes me, but read through the news page on for the last month or so and you'll see a reference. Or just go to Iomega's site and see what pops up...

Comment #2

I too am wondering about using my Nikon 950 with my Novatron studio lites. I wonder if can put a PC adapter on the hot shoe end of the AS-E900 multi flash adapter.(that is how I trigger my novatron lites on my Nikon N-70, which has a hot shoe, but no PC terminal) I do not have the AS-E900 or I would have already tried this out...

Comment #3

I checked, but he did not address studio lites...

Comment #4

I bought a Nikon AS-E900 multi flash adapter cord today. To the hot shoe on the as-e900 I attach a hot shoe / PC adapter, and plug the PC cord off the novatron power pack to the PC adapter. Set the camera to aperture mode, go in set-up in the menu and internally turn off the built in flash. I use the flash meter to get an f-stop , set it and shoot away. Note: leave the flash selector showing auto flash in the lcd, ie you do not deselect the camera flash except via the menu software. Answered your and my question at the same time.

I also talked to a rep a Houston Camera Exchange, and he told me the same thing, plus they had the as-e900 in stock, I bought it and tried it out sucessfully today!..

Comment #5

Nikon procedure copied from : Camera Set Up.

Set the camera Flash Mode to Forced On. This will lock the shutter speed at 1/30 sec. Set the Internal Flash to Off. Set the Mode to Aperture (A) priority Connect and AS-E900 adapter to the camera to provide an external hot shoe. Fit an AS-15 onto the AS-E900 to give a 2-pin (PC) flash sync connection.Connect the 2-pin (PC) output to your studio flash trigger input.

Flash Set Up.

Set your studio flash to medium power. Measure the required aperture value by triggering the flash with a flash meter. Check that the aperture is within the range of the E-950. If not, then reduce or increase the studio flash power output and measure again.

Set the E-950 to the required aperture.


The E-950 aperture can be set to one of three values. These values change according to the setting of the optical zoom. At the wide-angle setting, the range of aperture values is F2.6 to F7.4.

The camera's default equivalent ISO is 80. Set the studio flash accordingly.

It is most convenient to use the camera with the LCD display on. The shot can be monitored on the camera or on an external TV monitor connected to the camera's Video Out socket.

To avoid having to half-press the shutter before each exposure, try setting the camera focus manually to the correct value.

The AS-15 is nominally rated to withstand a trigger voltage of 230V. However Nikon cannot be responsible for damage caused by the connection of your flash equipment to the configuration shown above. Please check with the manufacturer of your studio flash system for compatibility before connecting it to any Nikon equipment...

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