I currently use for my portrait setup an SB27 mounted on SU4 on a tripod, built-in on-camera speedlight w/diffuser that came w/SU4 and a photoflood lamp. I have been using the SB27 off to one side (about 45 degrees from camera)and the photoflood about the same but a little closer to subject to the other side. I have tried using a small Photoflex reflector panel toward the back directly across from the SB27 setup to add a little backlighting/hairlight, but it doesn't have enough "oomph". While the photos have been pretty pleasing, I'd still like a little more illumination for hairlight, etc.
Can I use the SB50 as a wireless slave (somewhere behind the subject) in this setup? If so, can you tell me what I need to mount it to a tripod or lightstand? I'll have to order everything from B&H as they're not sold locally where I live.
#2. "RE: Lighting Setup, will SB50 help?" In response to Reply # 0
Time to raise my retro geek flag again. For studio set ups you could buy 3 or 4 old Vivitar 283 Auto flash units and use under $20 each Wein peanut slaves for control for the cost of one SB50. Technology is good but if you have control of the environment of the shoot, as in the studio, an Auto style flash unit will get you more light per Lira or dollar. The 283 brand new goes for $70-$90 and you can find used ones for a lot less. Now these old dinosuars won't TTL or 3D Matrix Fill Flash Balance or make coffee but...for there purpose they do a great job. Jeff Markus
#3. "RE: Lighting Setup, will SB50 help?" In response to Reply # 2
San Pedro Garza García, MX
In fact I do that when I have the patience. Great those old 283's. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
#4. "RE: Lighting Setup, will SB50 help?" In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for your input, guys. And thanks for the direct B&H links, JRP! One more question: is there any other Nikon speedlight which can be used as a wireless slave without having to buy the SU4? Just trying to make up my mind as to the best way to go!
#5. "RE: Lighting Setup, will SB50 help?" In response to Reply # 4
silly-can valley, US
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The bulky, beloved, discontinued SB-26
Since I aware you already have sb27+SU4, if you get the SB-50, you can use it as a remote commander, that is, mount (or via Sc-17ed) sb50 on N80 hotshoe, place your SB27+SU4 somewhere else (say, side), and use SB50 to wirelessly trigger SB27 fire without having frontal built-in camera speedlight or sb50 fires (actually SB50 does fires, but lightpath is covered). So you may design some creative, non frontal-lit portrait, at least, such techniques used in lot of male B&W portrature (half face totaly dark for contrast).