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I just purchased a Nikon D5500 to replace my old D100 (yes, it has been that long). I was wondering if and how I can use my SB-50DX flash with it. I'm not clear on which mode it has to be in or what settings to use. Thanks!

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The information you seek can be found on pges 327-328 of the D5500 Reference Manual:

Other Flash Units

The following flash units can be used in non-TTL auto and manual modes. Use with the camera in exposure mode S or M and a shutter speed of 1/200 s or slower selected.

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Notes on Optional Flash Units

Refer to the Speedlight manual for detailed instructions. If the flash unit supports CLS, refer to the section on CLS-compatible digital SLR cameras. The D5500 is not included in the “digital SLR” category in the SB-80DX, SB-28DX, and SB-50DX manuals.

If an optional flash unit is attached in shooting modes other than [no flash], [night vision], and [selective color], the flash will fire with every shot, even in modes in which the built-in flash can not be used.

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