Connecting an External Flash

Connecting an External Flash

The Nikon Coolpix 995 has a multi-flash synchronization terminal for the use of external flashes. In addition to Nikon Speedlights SB-80DX, SB-50DX, SB-30, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24, SB-22 and SB-22s, many Nikon AF compatible flashes may also be used without problems. But, check your flash manuals first. To use an external flash, a Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900 may be required.

Nikon Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900

The SK-E900 consists of two parts, a SK-E900 Bracket and a AS-E900 Adapter. One end of the AS-E900 is a hot-shoe to be installed on the lower part of the bracket (below left) and the other end should be screwed into the flash terminal on the camera (below right). Note the orientation of the hot-shoe. The two-dot end must be facing you so that the installed flash light can point forward. Note also that the flash terminal has three bins, and, as a result, when screwing the AS-E900 into the flash terminal, align these bins properly.

Nikon Multi-Flash Bracket Unit SK-E900 Screwing AS-E900 into the flash terminal

The next step is screwing the bracket into the camera's tripod hole and install your favorite Speedlight flash unit as shown below. The one shown here is a Nikon Speedlight SB-28.

Installing Coolpix 4500 and Speedlight on the hot-shoe

The AS-E900 hot-shoe has two more flash terminals that can be used to connect two more flash lights for multiple flash photography.

The internal flash must be raised in order to use external flashes even though manual flash exposure is used.

If you prefer to use a non-Nikon brand flash bracket like many Nikon shooters did, you only need to buy a AS-E900 cable and follow your bracket's manual for installation.