Can somebody please solve my confusion. When it is said that Nikon SB50DX has the slave function, what does this exactly mean.
Can the flash be operated from a distance without using any other accessory, from the camera itself OR some other accessory is needed?
The flash can only act as a remote commander for other flashes?
please solve my confusion as i am planning to buy SB50DX for my nikon f65 & if I will not find any difference b/w SB50dx & metz 32 mz 3, then i would definitely go for the Metz flash as it has a higher guide number.
<"When it is said that Nikon SB-50DX has the slave function, what does this exactly mean?.">
It means it can be actuated with the light from a built-in flash (like the one on your N65) or any other accessory flash.
<"Can the flash be operated from a distance without using any other accessory, from the camera itself OR some other accessory is needed?">
Yes. It would help you to do creative lighting, like from a side, saving you from the ugly "shadow-in-the-wall" syndrome. I would recommend a small tripod as an accessory to make the SB-50DX stand exactly where you want and pointing exactly where you may want.
<"The flash can only act as a remote commander for other flashes?">
Yes, that is also possible, as with any other light source. You could say the SB-50DX is an inexpensive SB-26.
Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
The SB-50DX has the equivalent of an SU-4 built in. That means that it has a light sensor to see another flash fire, and that will trigger the SB-50DX to fire. Like the SU-4, the SB-50DX also TURNS OFF when it sees the other flash turn off. Essentially, you get a wireless slave.
However, you can't use this function in Balanced Fill-Flash modes, and the SB-50DX's sensor needs to be pointed at the main flash. The SB-50DX's sensor is not as sensitive as the one in the SB-26, nor can it see the main flash from the kinds of distances you can get from the SB-26.
Thom Hogan author, Nikon Field Guide author, Nikon Flash Guide author, Complete Guide to the N65 author, Complete Guide to the N80 author, Complete Guide to the Nikon D1, D1h, & D1x www.bythom.com
Thom Hogan author, Nikon Field Guide and Nikon Flash Guide author, Complete Guides to most Nikon cameras www.bythom.com