I am currently using a N/F80. I am looking to add an off camera flash unit. so far I have checked out the SB28 & SB50. I know the SB28 is more powerful, but is it really worth the extra $$$? Usually I don't use any flash right now, but the reason I am wondering is that if you are in the stands at a hockey game for example will the flash help at all, or would you need a flash with a ridiculously high G.N? Is it better to just stick with faster film?
I also posted this question on the sports forum in order to get an answer (hope it's okay)
#1. "RE: Flash for sports photos" In response to Reply # 0
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There is no need to double post. If you are to take sports, you may need the highest GN flash you can afford. Although at hockey I am not that certain any will work since there is a glass between the theoreticians/spectators and the practitioners. I also attempted an answer here: http://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/DCForumID48/64.html# Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile, My Gallery Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
#2. "RE: Flash for sports photos" In response to Reply # 1
JRP is right, the glass (actually Lexan) will create problems, one of these problems is possible flaring of the flash, which will be noticed the photo. The other problem is the size of the arena and the distance of the subject that even the most powerful flash will reflect off when fired. Light does not transmit as far as people believe. It is subject to the inverse square law that states that the intensity per unit is that light varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance (E = I / d2). For this reason, if you were in one end of the arena, it would most likely not make any difference when shooting the goalie at the other end, or even past the red, green, blue or pink line. (Sorry, not a hockey fan...too violent for me }>... even though I'm half "Dryden.)
I would recommend a good high-speed film such as Fuji NHG II 800, which can be pushed one-stop (1600) with good results, and two-stops (3200) with decent results.
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