I recently bought a new N80 and would like to get an accessory flash but don't know what to get. Price is a consideration and needs to be under $150USD. I have looked at the Sunpak PZ4000 and 433AF, the Sigma EF430, the Metz 40 AF-4 and the Nikon SB-22s. The Nikon has the lowest guide number. I will be taking a variety of photos and won't be specializing in any particular genre.
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#1. "RE: Which flash to buy?" In response to Reply # 0
LAST EDITED ON Jun-02-01 AT 10:29 PM (GMT)
Whenever this query pops up I like to toss in the retro-grouch veiwpoint. Since I shoot with a N70 as well as a F I have the capability to use the state of the art TTL auto-everything flashbes but as a player (as in one who plays with his toys) I found an older 'auto' style flash with great GN and no features other than the ability to manually set the flash power. This Vivitar 283 gives me a GN of 120 and bounce flash capability but I set the flash power myself to fit the situation. This gives me the control of the shot not the body and with its power I can fill a larger space than a fancy newer unit that I could not afford. The only hang up is the older 283's have a very high trigger voltage and can damage the contacts in any body with PC boards. For use with my N70 I use the built in flash to trip a Wein peanut slave flash control (under 20USD). the total cost for my flash system was only 60USD with the needed cords and shoe adapter for the F and peanut hook up. I may not have all the bells and whistles but I have great toys to play with that give me fantastic pictures. `Jeff Markus
#2. "RE: Which flash to buy?" In response to Reply # 0
I would recommend you to have a look at some used, great Nikon pro flashes which can be found priced below 150 USD. Check out the SB-24 and SB-26's on the used market. eBay is full of them and they are really great.