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ChrisPrattPD Registered since 20th Oct 2013Sat 23-Nov-13 04:17 AM
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"d7000 speedlight question"


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New to speed lights and looking for some direction....again in on a budget but would like something decent.

any advice or what to buy or not to buy

  

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Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012Sat 23-Nov-13 05:19 PM
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The Nikon sb700 and sb910 are both good, but if you want something less expensive, you should check the Nissin and Phottix Mitros units. You can get full i-TTL compatible units from both of those companies at good prices.

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Sat 23-Nov-13 07:01 PM
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Chris, what is your intended subject matter? You might not need the more expensive iTTL CLS flash, or your subject and conditions might be needing a SB910. I've had a few different grades of flash units and each was a good step up from no flash. For fixed location multiple light source work, a few fully manual older flashes would be as effective as the much more expensive CLS compatible flash. For fixed home or small commercial studio speedlights are going to be more expensive than entry level strobes that generate a lot more power.
For ultimate flexibility, some portraits, outdoor daytime fill applications, wireless remote TTL, etc, the current line of SB700-910 are sure compelling.
Experimenting with speedlights and modifiers for portable portraiture and art projects is a lot of fun since any camera can get its best results with creative use of lighting. In the case of speedlights, a few in a small camera bag, lightweight stands or assistants and some modifiers, and there is no limit to the creative options.
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ChrisPrattPD Registered since 20th Oct 2013Mon 25-Nov-13 07:00 PM
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I dont use one much but need one in my kit.

I would like ittl but wonder if anyone has bought any of the cheaper brands and had any good experiences?

  

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#5. "RE: d7000 speedlight question"
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As you have described your needs, the SB-700 is probably a better choice than the SB-910. If you can find a used SB-600 or SB-800 that has had light use, you should be able to save some money.

I think having a flash that can be used remotely with TTL is important. It makes good flash images a lot easier.

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Mon 25-Nov-13 09:22 PM
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This is one of those "how long is a piece of string" questions...

You don't really use a flash much, you say, and if that trend continues, then some of the less expensive third party ones are probably fine. The main things that change the price are the ability to do remote flash (CLS, or "iTTL slave") and to a lesser degree, the power output. If you don't need a remote, and especially not a master, some of the flashes are quite nice and much less expensive than Nikon's main flashes, the SB-700 and SB-910. I've used Sigma flashes like the EF-530 and EF-610 NOT the Super models of the same number and they are about half the price of Nikons. As long as you're just going to use them in the hot shoe, they work nicely. Most of my flash work is, in fact, just a single flash in the shoe. Apparently some of the Nissin ones are similar, and Yongnuo also offers some even less expensive ones. Be careful with the Yongnuo ones: some of them are manual only, not iTTL, although they are priced accordingly.

If you decide to go with a remote or especially commander unit, just go for the Nikon units.

Most of the time, a basic unit is plenty. I have an SB-900 as a commander and three SB-600s intended mostly as remotes. But actually I find that the 900 is too big to be convenient, so if I'm just using one, it's usually the third SB-600 - its bounce capabilities and power are easily sufficient for most of my efforts. I think the current SB-700 is about the same size and power as the 600, although it's also mid-way between the 910 and the 600 in price. The 700's user interface (shared with the 900 and 910) is MUCH easier to work with than the SB-600/800, especially if you don't use flash that often.

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micro Silver Member Nikonian since 30th Mar 2008Mon 25-Nov-13 11:52 PM
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I started out with a sb-600 when they still made them. could not afford a sb-800. I didn't think that I would use it much but wanted one.then I studied and practiced with it and found myself using it a lot. I actually use it more outside for fill flash than inside. I then got lucky and came across a sb-800 in very good shape for 200 bucks. been using it for years. I recently sold my sb-600 for 200 bucks to help fund my new d-7000. it's like being in heaven. going from a d-80 with sb-600 to a d-7000 with a sb-800. just some food for thought in case you end up liking to use flash more often than you thought that you would. its sorta like a camera,once you get better you often want better. the sb-600 is an excellent flash but I wanted a little more reach and I like the screen and menu better. hope this helps some. Troy

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 26-Nov-13 05:59 AM
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#8. "RE: d7000 speedlight question"
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Hi Chris,


A Used SB-600 would be the least expensive Nikon i-TTL capable Speedlight I would recommend.

Do you have a specific budget in mind?

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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ddjeffreys Registered since 11th Feb 2012Sat 28-Dec-13 04:36 PM
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Warsaw, US
          

I use a d7000 with 2 Promaster strobes. I use a hot shoe mount to fire them remotely. I usually use a softbox with each one depending on conditions. They can also be fired as slaves using the onboard flash. I love them. I prefer a simple reflector and natural light but I always take them with me when I go out. As mentioned before, a couple of strobes and a light modifier can make a world of difference between a flat picture and one that really pops.

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