I've been frustrated with the lack of a flash on the V1 and intended to sell it. Bought a Coolpix P7700 and mostly liked it except for the lack of viewfinder in bright sunshine. I did some pixel peeping, and it's obviously inferior in IQ to the V1, but it really has nice controls - better than the V1, I think. As strictly a P&S though, it more than met my IQ expectations. Unfortunately, the unit I bought had a problem with the flash, so I sent it back and decided to just keep the V1 to use as a P&S/backup to D700 on travel.
The major problem I have with the V1 in this role is the lack of a flash, so I've decided to order one. The little SB-N5 looks very cool, is nice and compact, but is it powerful enough to use like a P&S? I suspect it is, but just wanted confirmation before I order one. Amazon has both the 5 & 7 for roughly the same price. I like the pocketability of the 5 (based on looking at it on line), and wonder if the 7 is quite a bit larger. I have had no problems carrying an SB400 with my D40X (now sold), but wonder if the SB-N7 balances poorly on the V1 and if it just looks completely unwieldy. Maybe the increased power offsets the size and balance issues?
Does anyone know how the power output of the SB-N7 compares to the SB400? I always liked that better than using the in-camera flash, and found that it didn't add much weight or bulk. So, anyone want to help me spend some money on a flash? Thanks.
Sun 10-Mar-13 03:25 PM | edited Sun 10-Mar-13 05:14 PM by kenuck
I have the N5 and will probably get the N7 when it becomes available locally. SB N5 GN 8.5m/27.9ft, 70g, tilts and swivels SB N7 GN 18m/59ft, 92g (without 2 AAA batteries), tilts only SB400 GN 21m/69ft, 128g (without 2 AA batteries), tilts only All GN at ISO 100
The N5's tilt and swivel is useful if you want to bounce off the ceiling in portrait mode. The other two would have to bounce off a wall.
The N5 is useful for bounce-flash at up to 8-10 ft with the kit lens. Another option would be to get a faster lens (like the 18.5mm f/1.8) and the N5 or even no flash.
I usually set up my SB600 as a bounced slave unit when doing family photos inside, using CLS and one of my DSLR's. So, you're saying that with the SB-N5 and an SU-4 I could effectively have the same kind of setup - correct? Thanks for the info.