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Nikon SB-700 + Nikon SC-29 + Nikon D7000

jhonave

San Diego, US
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"RE: Nikon SB-700 + Nikon SC-29 + Nikon D7000"

jhonave Registered since 11th Jan 2010
Tue 29-Jan-13 12:56 AM

>Your D7000 will do wireless remote, so I'd save both money
>and a lot of aggravation by skipping the SC-29. Just put the
>SB-700 in remote mode, pop up the built-in and use the
>built-in as a commander. No wires to trip over, nothing to
>forget and leave at home, and another thing removed from your
>camera bag, so it weighs less. (And that SC-29, one of which
>I own, by the way, is not so light.) And then of course you
>can put the remote anywhere within IR range, rather than only
>within the length of an SC-29.

I have been reading about the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and how it works with Nikon Speedlights. I still would like to try the Nikon SC-29 as an option for off-camera lighting, either handheld or on a light stand, but I will keep your advice in mind. I am also considering PocketWizard and RadioPopper triggers, preferably the latter, at least for now, since the RadioPopper system extends the capabilities of the CLS.

>Light stands: these can be pretty subtle. My first stand was
>an Impact. It was inexpensive, and rated fairly well at
>B&H. It works, but for example I found that it doesn't
>fold up very well. It takes up quite a bit more space. In
>fact, it's consuming more space in my closet now than FOUR
>Manfrotto 1052's! More importantly, it also consumes more
>space in the car if I have to shoot somewhere else. You can
>buy less expensive stands, but I don't think you'll find less
>expensive air cushioned ones. These won't slam down on
>your fingers when they're loosened. The Impact one I have is
>a perfectly workable air cushioned stand, and it's only $38.
>They don't come a lot less than that.

I also have been hearing about air-cushioned stands, so I will be checking B&H about the Manfrotto stands you mentioned. I like the portability you described since I do not have an assistant just yet. Although I volunteer my wife sometimes when I am in a pinch, hehe.

>The clamps are also kind of subtle too. I have some ProMaster
>ones that I got locally, and they're meh. They aren't
>designed too well, so while they are sturdy enough, for
>example the knob that allows the flash cold shoe to rotate is
>blocked if you have an umbrella mounted. I have to remove or
>at least reposition the umbrella to change the position of the
>flash. Why change the position of the flash? To allow the IR
>sensor to point generally toward the commander, which is a
>good idea almost every time you move the umbrella. I also
>have some Photoflex clamps, and actually they cost me LESS.
>But (a) they have a big lever instead of a small thumbscrew
>for adjusting the umbrella or softbox, (b) all of the controls
>are physically independent, so no fiddling with one to adjust
>the others, and (c) I have noticed that they accommodate
>noticeably larger umbrella shafts, too. Not that any of my
>umbrellas fail to fit on either clamp, but one is clearly more
>adaptable than the other.
>
>I've been through just enough of this equipment to appreciate
>the additional value of the Manfrotto stands and Photoflex
>clamps. In general I've found both of those brands to be good
>quality stuff and not things that I sooner or later want/need
>to replace.
>
>BTW, the Manfrotto stands also come with a brass
>"nut" or adapter that screws onto the top of the
>stand. It is capable of threading into the bottom of the
>little plastic stand that comes with Nikon flash units, so in
>a pinch you can even use just the stand without a clamp, as
>long as you don't also need to use a light modifier such as a
>softbox or umbrella.

Stephanie Zettl, author of the book "Nikon Speedlight Handbook," recommended the Frio as a better alternative to cold-shoe mounts. Has anyone here used the Frio?

>Finally, I have a couple of Promaster umbrellas, and again,
>they're OK. But they're a bit delicate (all umbrellas are to
>some degree but these are more so) - they're about to be
>replaced with either Westcott or Photoflex umbrellas. I don't
>particularly regret the Promaster items as I needed them RIGHT
>THEN (as in I two hours notice) and had no opportunity to get
>the stuff I'd have preferred, and moreover they did get the
>job done. But if you can spend a little more, this is an area
>I think that you'll save in the long run.

How do Westcott and Photoflex light modifiers stack up against Lastolite or Interfit, in a general sense? Any quality issues in particular?

Thanks, BLW, for the insight. It surely helps!

Passion 4 Photography
Nikon D7000
www.p4ph.com/2010/09/nikon-d7000.html

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