I'd like to purchase a speedlight to use with my N80. I'm really a beginner photographer, and I've never used a speedlight before, so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. For this purchase, the less money I spend the better. There a lot of features on different speedlights, and I really don't know what I need. Right now I'm annoyed with the harsh shadows behind subjects when using the on camera flash. I think I can eliminate this by bouncing the flash of the wall, right? I'm sure once I have a speedlight I'll find many uses for it!
I found some used SB-28s on ebay for a good price. Is this one I should consider? Or do I need a SB-600 or SB-800? Is there any reason not to buy a used one...do new ones only last a year or two before dying?? I do not plan on switching to digital, so it doesn't need to be compatible with the DSLRs.
Thanks so much for whatever advice you can offer!
#1. "RE: Recommendation for N80" | In response to Reply # 0hlk Registered since 31st Oct 2005Wed 11-Jan-06 03:00 AM
If you are not going to DSLR you don't need to buy SB800 & SB600. The advice for you is think about SB80 or SB28, both are nearly the same except SB80 is new model. This two flashs are the best from Nikon for film SLRs or you can look for SB-26, SB,27 or SB24. The differences are they are cheaper and less flash output power (lower GN) and less of some features. If you like to use the flash just for fill flash and don't need some advanced feature then SB-26,27&24 will serve you best. Used flash with reasonable price are good to consider. Better go to Nikon site and compare the function for differnet models.
#2. "RE: Recommendation for N80" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberWed 11-Jan-06 03:13 AM
The SB-28 will be more speedlight than you will ever need. High GN, bounce and swivel head, strobe flash, AF assist illuminator. I have two for my bodies and for multiple flash set up. Great buy for the price!
After the -28, take a look at the -26, -25 models the -80DX is also good, but typically a bit more expensive.
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#3. "RE: Recommendation for N80" | In response to Reply # 0jwenting Nikonian since 06th May 2002Wed 11-Jan-06 05:16 AM
Personally I'd not buy a used flash (or camera) without knowing exactly how and how much it'd been used which basically means I'd only buy it from someone I know and trust or someone who comes highly recommended by someone I know and trust.
If you're comfortable buying that SB-28 go ahead. It should serve you well if it's well looked after and not worn out due to heavy use.
While right now you're likely to find a lot of them used from people buying DSLRs that can't take them without loosing functionality in general flashes you'd find used (especially highend ones) will be units that are just about worn out and replaced with new ones just before they're likely to fail their owners.
That's why I won't touch used flashes unless they're freebies.
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#4. "RE: Recommendation for N80" | In response to Reply # 0yellowjacket Basic MemberWed 11-Jan-06 02:32 PM
Thanks for all of the advice. It definitely sounds like the best choice for me would be a SB-28 or -80. Since the 28 is going to be cheaper, I'll probably look for one of those. However, I'd like to be able to compare the specs of the different ones, but I can't find them anywhere. None of the SB-28,-27,-26,-25,-24 or -80 are listed on the Nikon website or B&H. I couldn't find them on this site either. Am I just missing them, or is there somewhere else I should look?
Right now I don't necessarily need a lot of advanced features...I don't even know what those advanced features are. So I could consider the SB -27, -26, -25, -24. But once I start using a speedlight, will I want to be able to use different features that these speedlights don't provide? This is probably where specs would come in handy. I guess if could find one of these for a REALLY good deal, I should go ahead and get it. I could always upgrade later if there are additional features I'd like to be able to use.
As far as buying a used one, I know it's always a risk, but I think I'll just take my chances. Are there any particular questions I should ask the seller?