I'm a bit confused as to speedlights...
I have a recently purchased D50 and would like a better flash, do I really need the 800 or would a 600 do me, its only for occasional use and being a bit new to photography why do they call it a speedlight? not sure of the term used but would the refresh be faster or is it the same sort of waiting period for the flash to recharge?
I take photo's mainly using the set modes on the D50 so is there much setting up to do with speedlights or does it do it automatically for you?
I'm experimenting with shutter speeds (brave eh) so I am slowly learning....
Regards Steve (D50)
Regards Steve (D80)
#1. "RE: Speedlight help" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberWed 14-Dec-05 04:32 PM
Steve, I love Nikon's flash system, though I shoot film, I plan on an SB-800 (or two). The more powerful flash allow for you to bounce the flash off a ceiling or wall and evenly illuminate a given room, even with a diffuser.
The SB-800 also allows for the use of a fifth battery to be installed which will speed up recycle time.
If you do go with multiple flash set ups, the SB-800 can be used as a commander, something not availabe on the D50's built in flash.
Fundamentally, there should be very little to do other than mounting a flash and shooting a test shot and going for it! There have been many posts with respect to people blinking due to the bright preflash, many users will set the Flash Value Lock and shoot from that, there by eliminating the need for the preflash. Obviously this is scene/ambient lighting dependant, so when that changes, you need to make some adjustment.
The SB-600 isn't much bigger than the SB-800 but it is 1) less powerful and 2) cannot be used as a commander. It is a good flash but, as I said, I like to bounce flash so the more power the better.
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#2. "RE: Speedlight help" | In response to Reply # 0Rickard_F Registered since 16th Dec 2005Fri 16-Dec-05 04:59 PM
Hi I use a D50 with SB-600 also have a STOFEN mounted on it. I am not a fan of flash photography but sometimes you just need one. I use it now and then and always bounce it. I didnt see a difference in power when borrowing my friends SB-800. Granted I cant command other flashes but then again I doubt I will ever need more flashes.
My only lens at the moment is a sigma 30mm 1:1:4D and it is giving me great portrait pics. I shoot mainly my three sons all under the age of five. With the sigma I rarely need the flash indoors or outdoors.
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#3. "RE: Speedlight help" | In response to Reply # 2Shred Registered since 28th Oct 2005Fri 16-Dec-05 05:34 PM
SB-600 is powerfull enough for most situations but if the price difference is small i'd go for the SB-800.
For multiple flash setups single SB-600 or SB-800 wont do any good,
because you lack either the slave flash or the commander.
So it doesnt really matter which one you buy first.