>In many cases you can use Nikon's CLS (Creative Lighting >System) and won't need the SC-29. CLS gives you a lot more >freedom about where you place your light stand, however, it >does have it's limitations in bright sunlight.
Yes, I have heard some of the limitations of CLS, e.g. infrared line-of-sight, and the one you stated. So I probaly still would like to keep an SC-29, an an eventual backup, since I just recently became aware of my lighting needs, and I definitely am excited about trying CLS.
>Regarding a stand - rather than talk about brand names I'd say >that you want a light stand that is sturdy, has a wide base >and the ability to place sandbags for ballast when shooting >outdoors. Reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas make excellent >kites! I usually buy 13ft stands so they can be used for >overhead lighting in addition to regular face-level.
On B&H online, I recently came across light stands at 9 feet. I once almost knocked down a light stand, by accident, that was about 13 feet. With a light stand this high, it may need a neon sign to ward off people like me, hehe. I can still see the nervous glare I got from that photographer!
>Many stands come with only an attachment post at the top and >require a separate light and umbrella shoe mount clamp to hold >your umbrella and SB-700. Take a look at B & H, Adorama, >Amazon, etc. > >Good luck,