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Martin Baadsgaard

Buying what flash?

Hello there.

I'm just beginning photography, and I would like to get into some more with lighting.
Now, I want as many features as possible (controlling flash groups not included, since, I don't have cash for more than one flash) like stobe lighting, diffusion, i-TTL etc.
I can't quite decide what to go for here, so I would like some suggestion. The SB-800 looks nice, but will it give me maximum features? Should I go for some other nikon flash, or maybe some 3rd part product? LIke Metz or Sigma or something like that...

I have a Nikon D70 BTW.

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8/11/2005 4:40:14 AM

Michael H. Cothran   Price should be a good indicator as to the amount of creature features crammed into a shoe mount flash. And usually the flash's power is also proportional to the price tag. If I were buying another Nikon Speedlite, I'd go for whatever the top of the line of the day was. My current one is the SB-80DX, which has all the features & power that were available at the time of production.
Metz is arguably the most respected name in third party flash units. For decades, they were the staple of every professional wedding photographer.
I would not rule out Quantum and Sunpak as viable options either. Sunpak has long been associated with the "hobbyist" while Metz has been the "professional's" choice. I've owned both. While I never had any problem with either, I thought the Sunpak's lacked the refined quality of the Metz units. Quantum is relatively new, but offers some really powerful portable shoe mount units. They're big though, and would probably not be the unit of choice if you just want some snapshots. They have also been a leading provider of portable battery packs for a couple of decades.
There's a lot from which to choose - read all the specs you can before making a decision.
Michael H. Cothran

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8/11/2005 5:24:12 AM

Chauncey R. Huffman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
  I have a D70, and I just recently bought the SB800. I couldn't be happier. It has a ton of features, a very fast recycle time (with the extra battery pack) and the wireless features can't be beat. I don't have any problems to report so far at all. Good luck with your choice!

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8/11/2005 5:45:37 AM

Martin Baadsgaard   Yea but still.. anyone know where I can read some reviews of the different flashes against each other?
It is kind of hard to judge them from all the website's informations, and I don't even know about compatibility etc.

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8/11/2005 11:01:50 PM

Chauncey R. Huffman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
  Well, I'm not totally sure about the reviews. I would just google it. Say something like "nikon flash comparisons." As far as compatibility, the D70 is compatible with everything that the sb800 has to offer, but I'm not sure about other flashes, b/c this is the only one I looked into.

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8/11/2005 11:31:07 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  The Metz, Sunpak and Quantum sites should have information about the compatibility of their products. I will go straight to their site and find out which flash can be used on your camera. Once you decide on the models, then you can compare price and functions. Hope this helps.

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8/12/2005 7:10:15 AM

Martin Baadsgaard   I googled for some reviews, and the results were VERY limited... Got close to nothing for those 3rd part flashes.
ON the manufacturers websites it was mostly just fancy talk, no concrete points to hold them up against each other with...

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8/12/2005 10:38:08 AM

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