Well, anyone who does plenty of shooting will tell you the SB-28 is a better flash. It's better in where it counts: battery performance and flash recharge timings. Having a smaller size and weight helps too.
The SB-26 has to be set in non-TTL automatic and switched over to "D" setting (for Delay). It is an optical slave and so, it has to be positioned where it can "see" the main flash, which is usually TTL. The aperture setting on SB-26 can be opened up 1 stop than what is set on the lens for a -1 flash fill.
Also the main flash's pre-flashes must be turned off (as in standard TTL).
Have you tried to set the switch to "S" mode? In such situation, do you need to make any adjustment on the master flash and/or the camera to ensure proper exposure? I am asking this question because the SB 80 DX flash does not have the "Delay" feature. Thanks.
There are trade-offs between the SB-26 and SB-28. The SB-28 is only a slight improvement over the SB-26. On paper and in the lab, people can tout these "improvements". However out in the field, we're all really splitting hairs when we talk about the differences in recycling time and battery use in the field. I do believe that these slight improvements do not make up for the loss of the slave feature. Just my opinion.
However the SB80DX is a huge step in the right direction. The GN is higher (for the first time in 14 years!), the slave is back, new modeling light, etc. I can avail of these new features even on my old FM2n, and so the SB80DX is looking to be my next flash.
SB 26 has a feature that allow you to set the timing when to fire the flash in response to the main flash. In delay mode, the SB 26 will fire at a slightly time lag behind the main flash. The manual says this is to ensure that the master flash 's exposure control would not be affected. The other option is the "simultaneous" mode where the SB 26 will fire at the same time when the main flash fire.
>Correct me if I am wrong in stating that the SB-26 is the >finest speedlight Nikon has ever produced!! > >The SB-28 is "neat", but never lived up to the SB-26 in >quality or craftsmanship!! > >I am curious to know if this propossed SB-80 has the >capacity to dethrone the reigning "queen" of all Nikon >speedlights, the SB-26? > >Or will it come up short, as the SB-28 did? > >"If the SB-26 and SB-28 have truly conceived a child, have >they named it the SB-80?" > >Imagine that, all the features of the SB-26, but with the >SB-28's size & wieght!! > >ROCK ON!! > >-Vincent-
I have shot several weddings, events, etc with my (used) SB28, it never fell short. Results were very good. It's smaller lighter to carry around too. And I don't have to fiddle with different locks to swivel or tilt.
>I just got myne yesturday, I cant put it down.... > >what a great flash
What do you mean by "great flash"? I am interested in getting one too. I am keen on street photography and at times shoot street processions. I need a powerful light. How far can your SB-80dx reach say with ISO 100 film at f3.5 aperture? Any idea how far can a SB-22s flash go with the same setting? Any rough guess?
"If you shoot outdoors and expect the SB-80DX to light something further away than the SB-28DX can, you'll probably be disappointed. Remember, not only is light falloff working against you, but there are no walls or ceilings to reinforce what light you can throw. The 105mm setting for the flash head helps a bit, but there seems to be a limit to how well the Nikon heads can channel light over long distances. Nikon's manual doesn't list distances over 66 feet (20m), just as with the older flash units."
It seems like a sb28 with some new features added in. We'll see about it though. Waiting for prices to come down.
>>How far can your SB-80dx reach say with ISO 100 film at f3.5 >>aperture? > >According to the manual, at zone head set at 105mm, ISO 100, >the Guide number is 56 m. That is to say, with aperture set >at F3.5, the flash can reach 16m.
That's by itself great! For a flash to reach 16 m at f/3.5 is adequate or more than adequate for most purposes.
That's on paper. Have anyone with one (SB-80dx) try it out in the open space ..i.e. without the walls and ceiling to reflect the leftover lights. Will it actually reach 16 m outside?