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doogienj Basic MemberWed 23-Jul-08 03:17 PM
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"Why SB900 w D300"


Brooklyn, US
          

Greetings,

I currently use 2 SB800 for residential real estate shooting in Brooklyn, NY. My other go-to equipment includes the D300 body and 14-24 f/2.8 lens.

I'm not sure if I should or need to upgrade one of the SB800's to an SB900. Based on my equipment and shooting interiors/architecture being my main use for flash, can you see any tangible benefit with an SB900? I am trying to think how my customers would benefit from such an upgrade. I don't see myself upgrading to a D700 any time soon.

For my personal work I use flash maybe 5% of the time. I don't mind making the investment, but I need to justify it and know that it will pay for itself through improvement in the light quality or my work process. Thanks for any feedback!

Best,

Douglas
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AndyMac Silver Member
23rd Jul 2008
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ScottChapin Moderator
23rd Jul 2008
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doogienj
24th Jul 2008
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AndyMac Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2003Wed 23-Jul-08 04:48 PM
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#1. "RE: Why SB900 w D300"
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Odessa, US
          

I don't see what the SB900 gives you that you don't already have. If you are happy with your current flashes, I see no reason to upgrade.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberWed 23-Jul-08 04:55 PM
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#2. "RE: Why SB900 w D300"
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Powder Springs, US
          

Hi Douglas,

I would say you probably don't need one unless the following applies to you:

1. You need more power, which the SB900 will provide in essence, for your DX sensor. Of course you could achieve the same with an SB800, if you manually zoomed to match the lens, but that would be a pain.

2. You need a third flash for lighting large interiors.

It remains to be seen whether the even lighting setting will give better illumination from edge to edge, albeit at a loss of power.

Scott Chapin
Powder Springs, GA, USA
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doogienj Basic MemberThu 24-Jul-08 12:38 AM
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#3. "RE: Why SB900 w D300"
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Brooklyn, US
          

Hi Scott,

I'm not sure what you mean by "zoom to match the lens"? Shows you how much I love shooting with flash, not.

I also do a fair amount of wedding work with my SB800 and a Quantum Turbo 2x2 battery pack. My experience is that the recycle time is much faster than 4 seconds.

Best,

Douglas

  

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AndyMac Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2003Thu 24-Jul-08 01:21 AM
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#4. "RE: Why SB900 w D300"
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Odessa, US
          

One of the features of the SB900 is that it recognizes when it's on a DX camera and adjusts the zoom level to match the 1.5x field of view crop of the lens in use.

So on an FX camera at 50mm the flash would zoom to it's 50mm setting.

But on a DX camera at 50mm the flash would zoom to a 75mm setting.

This gives the SB900 more effective power for a given focal length than the SB800 which would use the same 50mm setting on both cameras.

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ThunderRoad Registered since 10th Jul 2008Thu 24-Jul-08 02:52 PM
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#5. "RE: Why SB900 w D300"
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Madison, US
          

One feature of the SB900 that got my attention is that it has overheat protection when doing rapid-fire shooting. Since that is my style often, this in itself is enough reason to go from an 800 to a 900.

From what it sounds like you're doing, this is probably not an issue.

  

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