I'm looking at getting a flash but it seems as though there is a rather large gap from the SB50 to SB80/800. I want more power than the 50 but the 80/800 is a little out of my price range. Isn't there anything in the $200-300 range that would fit this bill?
If not I guess I'll just have to save up for the SB-800. It's more power than I'll ever need but I've learned more then once that if you don't shell out money for good equipment at the get go you'll just end up spending a lot more later to upgrade.
#1. "RE: Anything between the SB50 and SB80/800?" In response to Reply # 0
There are currently four speedlights in the current lineup: SB-29s (macro ring light), SB-30DX (small convenient flash for digicams, mostly), SB-50DX (more powerful, not at feature laden), SB-800 (top of the line, king of the hill, all the bells, whistles and then some).
(Edited to correct SB-80DX to SB-800)
How about an "older, pre-owned" speedlight: SB-25, SB-26, SB-28, SB-80DX, even the SB-27. I love the SB-28!
What kind of body are you using? Digital SLR, film SLR, Coolpix???
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#2. "RE: Anything between the SB50 and SB80/800?" In response to Reply # 0
Assuming your profile is up-to-date (I'm always guilty of this ), the N80 can take the majority of the currently available Speedlights, so you don't need to limit yourself to a DX flash, unless you're planning to go to digital soon. Also, there are plenty of third-party Speedlights, including Sunpak and Metz that are comparable to the SB-80 but at much affordable prices. I agree with Anthony - there's a glut of SB28s out there since folks started cutting over to digital in the D1 days - a very powerful bounce/swivel unit with tons of features. The Metz 54 is also another popular choice, as well as the Sunpak PZ5000AF.
#3. "RE: Anything between the SB50 and SB80/800?" In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for the replies. Yes, I'm using the N80 but with hopes of upgrading to a DSLR somewhere down the road (aren't we all ). So DX doesn't matter to me at this time. Looks like a used SB-28 is gonna be my best bet, but I'll check out the Sunpak and Metz offerings.