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LuxLux Registered since 29th Oct 2012Sun 16-Dec-12 02:59 PM
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"SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."


Montville, NJ, US
          

I am a beginner for using flashlight, I normally do not like Flashlight results, as it is so harsh, until yesterday, I realize that using combined flashlights make portraits so much better in indoor.
Now the question become what model should I get for my Nikon D800? Is there any compelling reasons that I must get SB910 instead of SB700?

Can someone share some light with me? Thanks!

  

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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Sun 16-Dec-12 05:14 PM
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#1. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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Canton, US
          

I have an SB-700 and a 900, and for just carry around use I like the 700. The 900 has more power, and has the ability to act as a commander like the 700, but can control 3 groups instead of 2. If size isn't an issue, or price for that matter, then go for the 910. You can always dial down the power.

Another thing I would invest in is a modifier for the flash. I use a Gary Fong lightsphere and a Stroboframe flash bracket. I also have a softbox, umbrellas and lightstands. But for a single flash application, go with Gary Fong or one of the other modifiers made for on flash use. It'll improve your photography tremendously.

George

  

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LuxLux Registered since 29th Oct 2012Tue 18-Dec-12 01:21 AM
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#5. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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Montville, NJ, US
          


Thanks, gbowen!
I have no clue what are these equipment used for, Just out of curiousity, I checked Gary Fong diffuser at Amazon, and it is with great reviews. and thanks for these hints.

>I have an SB-700 and a 900, and for just carry around use I
>like the 700. The 900 has more power, and has the ability to
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LuxLux Registered since 29th Oct 2012Tue 18-Dec-12 01:36 AM
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#9. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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Montville, NJ, US
          

Dear All,
Thanks for your kind helps.
I have decided to go with SB 700 for now, I guess when it is time for SB 910 or its successor, I would realize it then.
Thanks again.

  

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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Sun 16-Dec-12 07:56 PM
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#2. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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>I am a beginner for using flashlight, I normally do not like
>Flashlight results, as it is so harsh, until yesterday, I
>realize that using combined flashlights make portraits so much
>better in indoor.


Hi Joe,

It's not surprising you are not happy with the results. A "Flashlight" is no substitute for a good Nikon Speedlight or any on/off camera "flash".

Just kidding. Sorry, I couldn't stop myself.

I use the SB700 with my D7000 and am very satisfied with its performance. It is smaller/lighter than the SB910, but that is good because unless you really need the extra power the SB910 is too big for general use - well, that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

Jerry

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LuxLux Registered since 29th Oct 2012Tue 18-Dec-12 01:29 AM
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#6. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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Montville, NJ, US
          

Hi Gerry,
Look, I have already told you I am a beginner for this subject...what you did was not nice... Just Kidding. Now I realize what I typed in the original massage, no worry, if I were you, I would do the similar thing.

Actually, SB700 does lack repeat flashing mode(and no external power), not sure how useful this repeat flashing mode is.

>>I am a beginner for using flashlight, I normally do not
>like
>>Flashlight results, as it is so harsh, until yesterday, I
>>realize that using combined flashlights make portraits so
>much
>>better in indoor.
>
>
>Hi Joe,
>
>It's not surprising you are not happy with the results. A
>"Flashlight" is no substitute for a good Nikon
>Speedlight or any on/off camera "flash".
>
>Just kidding. Sorry, I couldn't stop myself.
>
>I use the SB700 with my D7000 and am very satisfied with its
>performance. It is smaller/lighter than the SB910, but that is
>good because unless you really need the extra power the SB910
>is too big for general use - well, that's my opinion and I'm
>sticking to it.
>
>Jerry
>

  

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J_Harris Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Tue 18-Dec-12 01:43 PM
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#11. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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Tue 18-Dec-12 05:30 PM by J_Harris

US
          

>Hi Gerry,
>Look, I have already told you I am a beginner for this
>subject...what you did was not nice... Just Kidding.

Touché

You will be very happy with the SB700. Using a diffuser or bounce techniques can be very useful and is easy to learn and do.

Jerry

Edited to add: The SB700 includes a "basic" diffuser. There are more "exotic" (and expensive) diffusers available, but for ordinary flash photography the included (free) diffuser is just fine.

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 16-Dec-12 11:08 PM
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#3. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
In response to Reply # 0


Richmond, US
          

> I normally do not like Flashlight results, as it is so harsh

There are a LOT of ways to have flash illumination be MUCH more subtle. Many of them don't even require a lot of equipment - sometimes not even a great deal of skill. For example, judicious use of bounce can make an ENORMOUS difference. Indoors, and even sometimes outdoors, a single flash in the hot shoe can deliver very soft lighting. I'd recommend having a read over at Neil van Neikirk\'s. Or Strobist.

Of course, other methods can do that too, in other situations - multiple flashes are certainly one of those ways.

> Now the question become what model should I get for my Nikon D800? Is there any compelling reasons that I must get SB910 instead of SB700?

I have an SB-900 for use as a commander and four SB-600s for use as remotes. However, if I'm using only one, I generally take the SB-600 as it's plenty powerful and does pretty much all that I'd want for a single flash. If I had 910's and 700's, I'd be using a 700 most of the time. The best thing is that a 700, unlike my older 600s, can also act as a commander. You could even end up with (say) four or five SB-700s.

> Can someone share some light with me?

Hopefully this has been, well, a flash of insight?

_____
Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member

My gallery is online. Comments and critique welcomed any time!

  

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ctadin Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2008Mon 17-Dec-12 01:36 PM
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#4. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
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St Louis, US
          

Here is the link on Nikon's site for you to compare the SB 700, SB900, and SB910.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Flashes/index.page

Cheryl

  

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LuxLux Registered since 29th Oct 2012Tue 18-Dec-12 01:34 AM
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#8. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
In response to Reply # 4


Montville, NJ, US
          

Thanks Cheryl, very useful and informative link.

>Here is the link on Nikon's site for you to compare the SB
>700, SB900, and SB910.
>
>http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Flashes/index.page

  

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LuxLux Registered since 29th Oct 2012Tue 18-Dec-12 01:33 AM
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#7. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
In response to Reply # 3


Montville, NJ, US
          

Hi blm,
I meant, I dislike using simple flash from the camera itself, often found it harsh, no flash is much normal looking. Yes, I plan to learn this bouncing, and setting light etc soon.
And thanks a lot for these links.

>> I normally do not like Flashlight results, as it is so
>harsh
>
>There are a LOT of ways to have flash illumination be MUCH
>more subtle. Many of them don't even require a lot of
>equipment - sometimes not even a great deal of skill. For
>example, judicious use of bounce can make an ENORMOUS
>difference. Indoors, and even sometimes outdoors, a single
>flash in the hot shoe can deliver very soft lighting. I'd
>recommend having a read over at
>Neil
>van Neikirk's>. Or Strobist.
>
>Of course, other methods can do that too, in other situations
>- multiple flashes are certainly one of those ways.
>
>> Now the question become what model should I get for my
>Nikon D800? Is there any compelling reasons that I must get
>SB910 instead of SB700?
>
>I have an SB-900 for use as a commander and four SB-600s for
>use as remotes. However, if I'm using only one, I generally
>take the SB-600 as it's plenty powerful and does pretty much
>all that I'd want for a single flash. If I had 910's and
>700's, I'd be using a 700 most of the time. The best thing is
>that a 700, unlike my older 600s, can also act as a commander.
>You could even end up with (say) four or five SB-700s.
>
>> Can someone share some light with me?
>
>Hopefully this has been, well, a flash of insight?

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 18-Dec-12 12:10 PM
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#10. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
In response to Reply # 7


Richmond, US
          

I'm traveling so don't have access to my archives, but here are some that I have previously shown in threads. All of these are lit primarily with a single flash, unmodified (ie no diffusers, umbrellas, etc) and mounted in the hot shoe. I think they are with an SB-900, SB-600 and SB-800, respectively.







I don't think that flash is obvious in any of them, and I certainly think that the lighting is not "harsh," although probably it is not as good as could be achieved with more skill and/or more equipment. But I think that they demonstrate that flash does not need to yield bad, amateurish results.

_____
Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member

My gallery is online. Comments and critique welcomed any time!

  

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hnagy Registered since 02nd Feb 2013Fri 10-May-13 09:36 AM
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#12. "RE: SB 700 or SB 910, that is the question."
In response to Reply # 0


Cairo, EG
          

I'm planning for photographing weddings, it's my second wedding tomorrow as an assistant, did anyone tried the SB700 in weddings?
And if I can his feedback please.
Thanks.

  

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