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Nikon post advice on how many SB-R200 Speedlights can be attached safely to a range of lenses.

Nikon post advice on how many SB-R200 Speedlights can be attached safely to a range of lenses. - The SB-200 close up system should not be used with certain lenses as the weight of this Speedlight when attached to the front of the lens will cause excess strain on the lens barrel and helicoid, affecting lens performance.

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Nikon post advice on how many SB-R200 Speedlights can be attached safely to a range of lenses.
Nikon post advice on how many SB-R200 Speedlights can be attached safely to a range of lenses.

The SB-200 close up system should not be used with certain lenses as the weight of this Speedlight when attached to the front of the lens will cause excess strain on the lens barrel and helicoid, affecting lens performance.

The lenses which are incompatible with the SB-R200 close-up flash system include the new VR 18-200mm DX lens and surprisingly their Zoom Micro Nikkor 70-180mm, which would be ideally suited to a close-up flash system due to its small maximum aperture. Details of which lenses will suffer from vignetting when used with this accessory are also included, for digital and 35mm formats.

The Nikon Europe support site contains the following information:

The number of SB-R200 Speedlights that can be mounted on a lens via the SX-1 attachment ring varies depending on the lens.

Lens Maximum number Focal length at which Vignetting occurs DX Focal length at which Vignetting occurs 35mm
AF Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D 4 No Vignetting All settings
AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF DC-Nikkor 105mm f/2D 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF-ED 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED 4 No Vignetting No Vignetting
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED 4 No Vignetting 24mm or shorter
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED 2 No Vignetting 24mm or shorter
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED 0* - -
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED 0* - -
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED 2 No Vignetting 35mm or shorter
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED 4 No Vignetting -
AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED 4 No Vignetting -
AF Zoom Micro Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED 0* - -
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED 4 No Vignetting -
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED 4 15mm or shorter -
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED 2 20mm or shorter -
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED 2 18mm -
AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED 0* - -

* THE SB-R200 should not be used with these lenses as the weight of this Speedlight when attached to the front of the lens will cause excess strain on the lens barrel and helicoid, affecting lens performance.
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